Attractions April 19, 2021
The Brilliant Black Hills In South Dakota Was Just Named The Best Escape In The Midwest
South Dakotans know that our state is a true diamond in the rough, but it seems like the rest of the country is often quick to catch up (until, of course, they visit for the first time). That being said, we are always thrilled when we see one of our favorite SoDak destinations getting the recognition it deserves, which is what happened with the brilliant Black Hills.
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Tucked away in the southwest corner of the state, the Black Hills are arguably one of the biggest gems in the Mount Rushmore State... and for a good reason!
Spanning an incredible 5,000+ square miles, the Black Hills are as historical as they are beautiful, as the area is not only home to gigantic trees and hills but also evidence of the ancient Lakota Native Americans, plus evidence of dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures.
In addition to the landscape itself, the Black Hills are home to 2 national monuments (Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse), waterfalls, caves, and open prairies, making for a place unlike any other.
Obviously, we here at Only in South Dakota think that the Black Hills are pretty spectacular, but we are not the only ones, as Thrillist just named the area as
The Midwest's Best Winter Escape Isn't Where You Think It Is.
As per Thrillist, "The scenery that makes this state such a gem in the summer gets a snowy layer of makeup in the winter, turning the Black Hills a stunning white and transforming the glimmering lakes of western South Dakota into iridescent frozen playgrounds," adding that "The mountains, monuments, and canyons that attract thousands in the warmer months are left for you to enjoy solo."
While the landscape itself is all that needs to be noted, Thrillist also mentions a few of the area's best attractions, including the vibrant communities (a la Rapid City, Sturgis, and Keystone), delicious restaurants, ski and outdoor recreational opportunities, and breweries and wineries.
Pictured is the pristine Spearfish Falls.
To learn more about this list - or to check out even more travel tips - please visit Thrillist's
To learn more about the beautiful Black Hills, check out
The Next Time You Visit South Dakota’s Black Hills, Look Out For These 7 Surprising Things. Address: Black Hills, United States