Introducing South Dakota
Gently rolling prairies through shallow fertile valleys mark much of this endlessly attractive state. But head southwest and hell breaks loose – in a good way. The Badlands National Park is the geologic equivalent of fireworks. The Black Hills are like opera: majestic, challenging, intriguing and even frustrating. Mt Rushmore matches the Statue of Liberty for five-star icon status. Throughout the state are important Native American sites and interesting towns big and small.
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South Dakota destination guides
This stunning region on the Wyoming–South Dakota border lures oodles of visitors with its winding canyons and wildly eroded 7000ft peaks.
50 best US presidential sites
Presidents' Day: that strategic February Monday holiday in the US that's situated at arm's length between George Washington's birthday (February 22) and Abraham Lincoln's (February 12).
Best of the USA Tour - New York to New York
From hip hop to country fiddles, Yankee accents to a western drawl, businessmen in power suits and ranchers in cowboy hats—the US is one heck of a country. And if you’ve got the time, this—our ultimate American tour—is the best way to explore the iconic cities and the legendary national parks, national monuments and wide-open spaces.
Coast to Coast Camping Westbound
Yellowstone, the Badlands and Niagara Falls—once you’ve escaped the city limits, the US is a country defined by incredible wilderness. This affordable cross-country adventure keeps you on the ground between New York City, Chicago and San Francisco so you can experience what lies in between.
The best public art in the world
Why wait in line at a gallery when these splendid works are on offer in the street? And they can be enjoyed for free! In this excerpt from Lonely Planet's 1000 Ultimate Experiences, we pick 10 of the best. 1.