The Open Range and More…

In addition to visiting South Dakota this weekend I took a few quick excursions to Wyoming, Montana, and North Dakota to see the beauty and hit 3 more states on my list. Only 4 more states to go!!! Here’s my quick breakdown of these states.

Wyoming is amazing, I could easily find myself in the northwest section of this state long term. I’d love to live in or around Sundance, there is great beauty here I loved the land!

Devils Tower National Monument – Wyoming

Montana wow, just wow, I want to come back in warmer months to watch thunderstorms come rolling over the open range. The land felt both familiar and wild at the same time. An extra bonus was the abundance of antelope and deer everywhere. Wildlife abounds in Montana.

Antelope Running away from me on the open range – southeast Montana

North Dakota surprised me most above all the locations visited on this trip. I should specify that the part of North Dakota I traveled to was the far southwestern corner. I spent most of my time in ND at Theodore Roosevelt National Park. I was not expecting this type of topography in North Dakota. It was breathtaking, in fact I think it’s beauty rivals or surpasses Badlands NP in South Dakota. I’m sure that is up for argument, but it’s my personal preference.

A Small Bison Herd in Theodore Roosevelt National Park

The majority of this trip was spent in South Dakota. Driving through central and eastern South Dakota is similar to driving through most of the plains states. I’d say it’s on par with driving through Kansas or Nebraska but it’s far better than the desolate Texas drives that I have experienced, but most things are better than driving through Texas, so I don’t know how good of a scale that is.

The Western portion of South Dakota has the Black Hills and Badlands National Park. Both of these are beautiful areas to explore and should not be missed. I’d recommend at least three days to see everything in western SD and to travel at your leisure without feeling rushed.

At Mount Rushmore
Badlands National Park

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