National Parks in October

13 Best National Parks to Visit in October (USA)

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In October, fall colors sweep across much of the United States. The majority of the parks that you will see on this list are parks that are ablaze in fall colors. Some of these are obvious picks, such as Acadia and Shenandoah, but a few may surprise you. In this guide, we list 13 beautiful national parks to visit in …

Badlands National Park

14 Best National Parks to Visit in April (USA)

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Which are the best national parks to visit in April? In this guide, we list 14 wonderful parks in the USA. On this list are a few of the most popular parks in the USA, several great spring break destinations, and a few remote, quieter parks to visit. About this National Park Series This article is part of a series …

Best Badlands Hikes

10 Great Hikes in Badlands National Park

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One of the best ways to see Badlands National Park is from a hiking trail. And one of the great things about this park is that most of the hikes are short and sweet, perfect for all ages and ability levels. In this guide, we cover the 10 best hikes in Badlands National Park. The hikes on this list range …

One Day in Badlands

One Perfect Day in Badlands National Park

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One day in Badlands National Park is just enough time to visit the overlooks, hike the short but sweet trails, and see how many bison you can count. If you get your timing right, you can also watch the sunrise and/or the sunset, when this park is its most beautiful. Quick Facts about Badlands National Park Badlands National Park is …

Castle Trail

The Castle Trail: One of the Best Hikes in Badlands National Park

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The Castle Trail is a 5-mile, point-to-point trail that wanders through the “backcountry” of Badlands National Park. There are several different ways to hike this trail, depending on your interests and the amount of time and energy you have. In this post, learn about your different options and pick out the route that is best for you. Overview of the …

South Dakota

One Week in South Dakota Itinerary: Black Hills & the Badlands

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There are many different ways to spend one week in South Dakota. This itinerary focuses on the southwestern corner of the state, visiting sights located in and around the Black Hills. There is a long list of things to do in this part of South Dakota. Here are the things you will see on this South Dakota itinerary: Mount Rushmore …

Custer State Park Bison

15 Things to do in South Dakota near Mount Rushmore and Rapid City

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The southwestern corner of South Dakota has a surprisingly long and wonderful list of things to do. Mount Rushmore, Badlands National Park, and Custer State Park are the big draws for many visitors to this part of the United States, but there is plenty more to keep you busy. In this post, we cover the best things to do in …

Notch Trail

How to Hike the Notch Trail in Badlands National Park

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The Notch Trail is the most thrilling trail in Badlands National Park. This hike is pure fun. It features a walk through a scenic canyon, a climb up a wooden ladder, and a brief walk along a cliff trail. The Notch Trail ends with a beautiful view of the Badlands. Hiking Stats Distance: 1.5 miles round trip Difficulty: Easy Total …

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15 Best Things to do in Badlands National Park

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Badlands National Park is a highly underrated park in the United States. The colorful buttes, spires, and pinnacles create one of the most photogenic landscapes in the country. Bison and bighorn sheep roam the largest mixed-grass prairie in the United States. The sunrises and sunsets are magical, the hiking trails are short and sweet, and for those looking for more …