South Dakota: An Explorer's Guide

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South Dakota offers travelers some wonderful destinations to explore, among them the Black Hills, the Badlands, and Mount Rushmore, but there's so much more to the state than merely those famous sites. South Dakota is a diverse landscape of plains, rivers, buttes, and mountains. It is gold and brown and green, and the bright blue sky goes on forever. There's abundant wildlife, including mule and whitetail deer, antelope, elk, bighorn sheep, mountain goats, coyotes, bobcats, and ...
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Overview

South Dakota offers travelers some wonderful destinations to explore, among them the Black Hills, the Badlands, and Mount Rushmore, but there's so much more to the state than merely those famous sites. South Dakota is a diverse landscape of plains, rivers, buttes, and mountains. It is gold and brown and green, and the bright blue sky goes on forever. There's abundant wildlife, including mule and whitetail deer, antelope, elk, bighorn sheep, mountain goats, coyotes, bobcats, and mountain lions. South Dakota is a natural wonder.
It's also an outdoor recreation paradise: Mountain bikers are in heaven in the Black Hills, as are bird-watchers, with over 400 species to enjoy, and spelunkers, with 75 mapped calcite crystal caves to explore. In the eastern part of the state there are hundreds of "pothole" lakes created by glaciers. The fishing is year-round here (including lots of ice fishing) and history is everywhere you look, with museums dedicated to mining and the gold rush, Native American culture and history, archaeology and paleontology, and much more.
Detailed maps and a "What's Where" subject guide will aid in travel planning. The best restaurants, places to stay, and activities for every budget and interest are laid out in this easy-to-navigate guide-it's the perfect companion for every excursion, whether into the wilds or into the city.
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Even a casual browse of this paperback will convince you that South Dakota offers attractions far more numerous and perhaps more arresting than all those presidents' heads on Mount Rushmore. In this 400-page Explorer's Guide, educator/author Marion Head provides a rich mix of family-friendly destinations and activities to please anyone with a craving for the great outdoors. A perfect portable trip planner.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780881508383
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/1/2009
  • Series: Explorer's Guides Series
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 216
  • Sales rank: 296,352
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Marion L. Head is an educator and writer from Seattle who lived in the Black Hills of South Dakota as a public school teacher for fifteen years. Having left Florida in search of the peaceful solitude that South Dakota offers, Head indulged in fishing, hiking and exploring readily available amidst the natural beauty of the state. She has published fiction and non-fiction in anthologies and on the web.

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  • Posted August 9, 2009

    Good basics, but way too many mistakes--Updates needed

    We used this guide to plan and then go on a trip from Minnesota to the Black Hills. Though it was a good starting point for us, I was disappointed at the many outdated bits of information. Some sites closed earlier than the book indicated, multiple ones were closed on certain days, some simply did not exist anymore! Though the edition was dated 2009, many people working at the sites told me that these buildings or tours hadn't changed in years. The prices were definitely out of date--almost nothing was as inexpensive as the book claimed.

    I think I'll check out a different travel guide series for our next trip.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2009

    South Dakota

    Good book to use to prepare for a trip to Black Hills and to find accommodations along the way. Lots of need to know & nice to know info. Helped in finding hotels in small towns.

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