Introducing Black Hills
This stunning region on the Wyoming–South Dakota border lures oodles of visitors with its winding canyons and wildly eroded 7000ft peaks. The region's name – the 'Black' comes from the dark Ponderosa pine-covered slopes – was conferred by the Lakota Sioux. In the 1868 Fort Laramie Treaty, they were assured that the hills would be theirs for eternity, but the discovery of gold changed that and the Sioux were shoved out to low-value flatlands only six years later. Dances with Wolves covers some of this period.
Adventures in South Dakota: top experiences in the Mount Rushmore State
Adventure has been a way of life in South Dakota for centuries. At one time the horse and wagon trails of warriors, pioneers and homesteaders crisscrossed these vast prairies...
'No law at all in Deadwood, is that true?' So began the iconic HBO TV series. Today things have changed, although the 80 gambling halls big and small would no doubt put a sly grin on the faces of the hard characters who founded the town. Settled illegally by eager gold rushers in the 1870s, Deadwood is now a National Historic Landmark.