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Part Of Wounded Knee Massacre Site To Be Sold

Part Of Wounded Knee Massacre Site To Be Sold Apr 29th, 2013 at 5:00PM: Part of the Wounded Knee massacre site, the scene of one of the worst attacks on Native Americans in U.S. history, may soon be sold to private interests, the BBC reports. In 1890 in South Dakota, there were widespread fears among the white population that the Sioux were going to stage an uprising. A drought and insufficient government rations had led many Native Americans to the brink of...

5 Unfinished Landmarks Worth A Visit

5 Unfinished Landmarks Worth A Visit Apr 19th, 2013 at 9:00AM: Many travelers associate cities, and even countries, with their iconic landmarks, like New York City with the Statue of Liberty, Paris with the Eiffel Tower and Pisa with its famous Leaning Tower. But what about those famous landmarks that never quite made it to completion? We've rounded up five great places around the world where you'll find "nearly famous" monuments worth visiting....

In America's 'McFarthest' Place, Strippers And Coyote Hunting But No McDonald's

In America's 'McFarthest' Place, Strippers And Coyote Hunting But No McDonald's Mar 25th, 2013 at 12:00PM: If Rebecca Bierman gets an urge for a Big Mac, she has at least four options to satisfy the craving. "I can go to Pierre or Sturgis, here in South Dakota," says Bierman, a farmer and rancher who lives in Glad Valley, South Dakota. "Or I can go to Dickinson or Bismarck in North Dakota." The McDonald's in Pierre is 142 miles from her home, the Sturgis branch is 147 miles away, and the golden...

Video: Badlands National Park

Aug 19th, 2012 at 8:00AM: Badlands National Park is one of the more overlooked destinations in the entire American park system. Located in South Dakota, the park features otherworldly landscape where you would expect to spot NASA's Curiosity Rover. Instead, sharp-eyed visitors will catch a glimpse of a surprisingly diverse amount of wildlife, including bison, prairie dogs, bighorn sheep and the elusive black-footed ferret....

Video: Milky Way from the plains

Jul 1st, 2011 at 3:00PM: Plains Milky Way from Randy Halverson on Vimeo, I'm a sucker for a beautiful time-lapse video. Advancing technology has made the time-lapse approach to film-making accessible to more people. And as these visually-minded people try to hone their skills with the camera, Randy Halverson might as well consider his skills honed--as far as I'm concerned. This time-lapse video by...

Video: South Dakota winter time-lapse

May 30th, 2011 at 4:00PM: Sub Zero - winter night timelapse from Randy Halverson on Vimeo. I've been hypnotized by many a nature time-lapse video this year, but this film capturing South Dakota winter is one of my new favorites. Shot back in February, the artist behind the piece says that most nights were subzero with a -25F wind chill. Using the Dynamic Perception Stage Zero dolly and the Milapse mount on most...

Top North American rodeos to check out this summer

Top North American rodeos to check out this summer May 12th, 2011 at 1:00PM: In honor of the approaching National Day of the American Cowboy, which I wrote about earlier in the week, I wanted to highlight some of the best rodeos North America has to offer. Even city slickers can enjoy a rodeo; it is, after all, a sporting event. With a lot of beer. And grilled meat. And a lack of giant foam fingers and face-painting (not a bad thing, I might add). In all seriousness,...

Photo of the Day (1.2.11)

Photo of the Day (1.2.11) Jan 2nd, 2011 at 6:00PM: I like the optimism of today's photo, courtesy of Flickr user JasonBechtel. It's a great way to kick off a brand new year. Jason snapped this photo out in South Dakota - a land you can imagine inhabited by limitless blue skies and crisp grasslands, gently swaying in the breeze. What really pulls the image together is the framing of the wide-open gate. The open door seems to beckon the viewer...

The 10 snowiest cities in America ... bundle up!

The 10 snowiest cities in America ... bundle up! Dec 17th, 2010 at 9:00AM: I spend all summer fantasizing about winter. From the end of May to the beginning of October, I wind up drenched in sweat, wishing I could peel off my own skin and running from one air conditioned environment to another. It's miserable. When the biting cold of the winter season hits, I embrace it, finally able to be somewhat comfortable when I'm outside. Add a bit of snow to the equation,...

Photo of the day (11.12.10)

Photo of the day (11.12.10) Nov 12th, 2010 at 6:30PM: As a kid, I listened to my grandparents talk about the desolate beauty of the Badlands. The place with the simple, slightly confusing name had to be beautiful and special, I reasoned with myself, or its name wouldn't provoke such wistful reverence on the part of the Robertsons of Boulder Creek. Flash forward a bunch of years, and despite having visited many countries and 48 states, I still...

Photo of the Day (11.08.10)

Photo of the Day (11.08.10) Nov 8th, 2010 at 6:00PM: My earliest travel memories are of my first trip to Disney World. I remember waking up before sunrise to go to the airport. I remember sharing a hotel room with my sister and thinking that we were very cool for doing so. And I remember the breakfast buffet at the hotel. Breakfast at my house as a kid consisted of cereal, bagels, eggs and, on special occasions, pancakes with bacon. I've loved...

Five states where you're most likely to hit a deer this fall

Five states where you're most likely to hit a deer this fall Oct 4th, 2010 at 3:30PM: Leaf-peepers are about to hit the road in force – as they always do this time of year. While soaking in the burning foliage colors with your eyes, it's only too easy to forget you're behind the wheel, a situation that can lead to disastrous consequences. There are some states where beautiful foliage and deer prancing on the streets just seem to go together, according to a study by insurance...

Photo of the Day (8.10.10)

Photo of the Day (8.10.10) Aug 10th, 2010 at 5:00PM: Badlands National Park; if the name alone doesn't inspire you to visit, then perhaps this frame from photographer Theodore Scott will. Inspired to get out and travel immediately after completing his college courses, Scott chose to skip his own graduation for a weeklong tour of the park. His takeaway? "..I crawled out of my tent most mornings to see bison scattered around the landscape. It...

Corn Palace to the Jolly Green Giant: 10 Midwest roadside attractions you must see

Corn Palace to the Jolly Green Giant: 10 Midwest roadside attractions you must see Jun 9th, 2010 at 12:00PM: America's heartland is home to plentiful crops, rolling hills and orange sunsets. You can find a Dairy Queen next to a cherry tree and park yourself in front of a drive-in movie on a hot summer night. There's also the world's largest bottle of ketchup, and enchanted highway and the Jolly Green Giant.... wait, what? It's true, travelers. The Midwest is home to many quirky attractions that might...

39 of America's best drives

39 of America's best drives Jun 1st, 2010 at 10:00AM: Summer is upon us, and that means it's time for road trips. Even with gasoline prices nudging the three dollar mark, there's no better way to spend a summer day or weekend than taking part in the American tradition of a great drive. With that in mind, Gadling has put together 39 great drives across the U.S. you'll want to check out. So grab your keys and get out on the open road! Duluth,...

Fat Tire Festival comes to the Black Hills

Fat Tire Festival comes to the Black Hills May 1st, 2010 at 12:00PM: Mountain biking fans looking for a new destination to ride should set their sights on the Black HIlls of South Dakota at the end of May. The scenic, and historic, Rapid City area will serve as the host of a unique and action filled weekend, running the 28th through the 31st, which will include a variety of races, live music, barbecue, and much more. The 4th annual Black Hills Fat Tire Festival...

5 reasons why you should try a Bed & Breakfast

5 reasons why you should try a Bed & Breakfast Apr 20th, 2010 at 1:00PM: We'll just come right out and say it: far too many travelers and vacationers give far too little thought to where they're staying. Maybe we've just been trained to assume a nondescript hotel is the only option when it comes to spending a night away from home, but whether you're traveling for business or pleasure, things get a lot more interesting when you deviate from the norm. Not that we've any...

Road Trip Tips: make lodging part of the journey, not just a place to stay

Road Trip Tips: make lodging part of the journey, not just a place to stay Apr 20th, 2010 at 10:00AM: Spring's upon us, and those summer months you've been desperately waiting for are nearly here (in this hemisphere, anyway). We can't help but say that anytime is a perfect time for a road trip, but the prime months for hitting the highway are just ahead, and that leaves you precious little time to prepare. In haste, many road trippers tend to overlook, or simply brush aside, one critical aspect...

Photo of the Day 4.14.10

Photo of the Day 4.14.10 Apr 14th, 2010 at 6:30PM: Sometimes taking the road less traveled will lead you to some of the best kept secrets. This photo from boo*radley was captured somewhere in South Dakota. Boo writes, "Sometimes an unnamed stretch of road in the middle of nowhere (this time, South Dakota) can be just as lovely as a famous landmark." Well put, Boo. Great shot on the road to nowhere! Have a travel related picture or two for...

Get a "vacation makeover" and visit Mt. Rushmore this summer

Get a Apr 10th, 2010 at 8:00AM: The Black Hills Visitor Industry and Kodak are joining forces to give five lucky travelers a "vacation makeover" this summer, sending them on a South Dakota adventure. All they have to do to win, is share their best vacation story ever, and we all know we have great travel tales to tell. The Vacation Makeover: Destination Mt. Rushmore contest is designed to bring out the travel writer that is...

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