101 Things to see in South Dakota

There are so many things to see in South Dakota that you could probably spend months there without doing them all. Let’s face it, South Dakota wouldn’t really be on most people got to see list but you would be wrong to think that. From outdoor recreation, family attractions several with an old west vibe, and an abundance of wildlife South Dakota offers so much to explore. After all, where else can you see a 12-foot-tall prairie dog!

Love outdoor recreations, well you will love South Dakota. With 2 national parks and several national monuments, most people would think of the Badlands and Mount Rushmore. And of course, Sturgis we all have seen pictures of the famous bike week held each August, but South Dakota is so much more. So here is a list of 101 things to see in South Dakota. What are you waiting for, let’s take that road trip!

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Rail Trails New York

Rail Trails in New York have become very popular and an economic boost to many of the areas. With over 50 trails and many more proposed these trails are opening up all over the state including several upcoming trails in downstate New York.

Here is a list of the Best Rail Trails in New York list be region:

New York Rail Trails Catskill Region

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Hiking Gear for the Day Hiker

So you want to go on a day hike, you don’t think that you need a lot, after all, you are only going to be gone for a few hours or maybe even the full day but think again. Amazon is a great place to look for hiking gear for the day hiker without breaking the bank and prime makes it easy and fast.

So many things can change in a second in the mountains or wherever you choose, so in order to have an enjoyable time, you such always be prepared.

I know you really don’t want to make your backpack heavy, after all, you aren’t backpacking, you’re just out for the day. I usually hike with my husband and we each carry our own backpack. But who I’m I kidding, he carries the heavier pack and I always take the lighter one even if it’s not mine!

But there are things you need to bring with you on your day hike.

One of the benefits of hiking is that it’s not an expensive sport. You will need a few things to get started but once you have them, it becomes a free thing to do while on vacation or anywhere you may roam.

You get to see some of the most beautiful places on earth once you get on that trail.

Here are a few things that will make your hike memorable without literally without breaking your back or your wallet:

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Things to Do Rocky Mountain National Park

There are so many things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park. It’s one of the most stunning national parks in America. Almost 4.5 million people visit it each year and you should have this park on your bucket list too. It’s the “highest” park in the states with 77 peaks over 12,000 feet. The highest being Long Peak at 14,259.

Amazing scenery along with the wildlife that you can see close, beautiful lakes and waterfalls, 350 miles of hiking trails, alpine sites, and millions of stars will make you want to visit over and over again.

As Rocky Mountain was always on our bucket list when we discovered we would be picking up our new camper only 3 hours away we immediately booked camping and were lucky enough to get a site in July for the first week in September.

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Rail Trails in Maine

There are 20 rail-trails in Maine established from former (some current) railroads ranging from 2 miles to almost 90 miles. These trails are all over the state through forests, farmland, and coastal areas.

When traveling, we always plan on biking on rail trails as we know we will be able to enjoy our ride as they are usually level. Many of them go through small towns and boost the economy of the area. You get to see and experience many cultures along the trails as many of them run through rural areas.

What is a rail trail?

A rail-trail is a multi-use trail that usually has a level grade making it easy for everyone to ride. From biking, hiking, running, jogging, and even cross-country skiing these flat level trails offer an easy way to enjoy the great Maine outdoors.

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Many of the rail trails in Maine are also used for ATV riding, horseback riding, and snowmobiling.

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Things to do in Yellowstone with kids

There are so many things to do in Yellowstone with kids. It’s a park made for families to explore and things to keep kids interested. From seeing a large amount of wild animals to taking a hike, swimming near a hot spring, watching a geyser erupt, and experiencing an old west cookout Yellowstone has something for everyone.

Here is a list of things to do in Yellowstone with your kids:

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Things to Do in Moosehead Lake Maine

“Maine, the Way Life Should Be”, the state slogan that represents the way you feel while living and vacationing in Maine. Visiting Moosehead Lake is an experience that will stay with you for a lifetime.

Moosehead Lake is the largest lake in New England located about 70 miles north of Bangor Maine. It covers 75,000 acres and stretches 40 miles long and 12 miles wide.

Greenville and Rockwood Maine are the towns that surround Moosehead Lake. This area is known for moose as they outnumber residences 3 to 1.

The lake sits at 1,000 feet above sea level with mountains located all around the area. Mt. Kineo rises abruptly from the middle of the lake towering 800 feet above the water.

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Epic Places to Visit in USA that you didn’t know existed

There are so many epic places to visit in the USA that most don’t even know exist. We all know about the famous locations and tourist spots that are advertised all over but what about the off the beaten path locations in this beautiful country.

We all love to find out of the way, less crowded places to spend some quality time with our loved ones. In addition, it would be great to find places to visit that are less crowded.

Unfortunately, this doesn’t happen too often but it will never happen in places like the Grand Canyon because after all who doesn’t want to visit the Grand Canyon. Although, I’m differently not saying that you shouldn’t go there are times that we just want to go somewhere not as crowded and still have a great vacation.

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Incredible Hikes Everyone in Maine Should Do

Maine is a great place to take a vacation especially if you love the outdoors. Here are 10 incredible hikes everyone in Maine should take at least once in their lifetime.

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Gulf Hagas

This is my favorite hike in Maine. This circuit hike can be strenuous at times, but the scenery is so worth the effort.

This hike is within the 100-mile wilderness section of the Appalachian Trail.

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Short Hikes in Upstate New York

When people think about New York, most think of New York City with all the skyscrapers, crowded streets and the lights on the billboards in Times Square. When I think of New York, I see spectacular waterfalls, mountains of green trees and beautiful lakes and streams.

I call it upstate as I live downstate and can’t wait to cross the bridges where I find my paradise. Upstate New York has quaint towns, wineries and breweries, scenic railroads and byways and what I love the most, great hiking.

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