There's a reason South Dakota invited a group of photographers out to capture its landscape for a gallery on Instagram. It's one remarkable state. So to celebrate the beauty of the heartland, we've rounded up our best pictures of South Dakota to help you escape your work day.
Breathtaking pictures of South Dakota
I hope you enjoy the photographs as much as we enjoyed capturing them. From Mount Rushmore to the Badlands, to the historic town of Deadwood to the Needles Highway, there's a lot to see when taking a road trip through South Dakota. If you like animals, there's pictures of wild mustangs and bisons too! Plus, there's an added bonus part way through our photostory to show you what it's like on a buffalo safari in the heartland: A true highlight of our time there.
This hike is located in Spearfish Canyon. It's about a half hour climb up a river. Wear proper shoes and bring water. It's worth the view when you get to the top.
Make sure to spend an entire day in the Badlands. The landscape is a photographer's dream. I could do an entire photostory of South Dakota photos strictly from the badlands, it's diverse and beautiful.
Sylvan Lake is great for a picnic. Oh, and for photos too!
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Told you. The badlands are beautiful, so I had to include another photo!
There's a rich culture in South Dakota and when you are there, make sure to learn about the Lakota tribe. Our accommodation, The Circle View Ranch set up an evening of performances and stories. The Lakota's were kind enough to let us take pictures of them as well.
See our video of South Dakota‘s Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse by Helicopter
Enjoy our latest South Dakota Video: Buffalo Safari in the Heartland
Crazy Horse memorial is massive and still under construction.
If you've enjoy these pictures of South Dakota check out our photos from the Brasada Ranch in Oregon
Okay, one last photo of the badlands.
We were blown away by the South Dakota skies!
Such a beautiful moment from the Black Hills Wild Mustang Sanctuary. Yet another spot where I could post only pictures of South Dakota mustangs and people would be happy. They are beautiful.
You can't miss stopping at Deadwood. It's a big casino town, but there's plenty of history and reenactments of the wild west days. Each night you can watch Wild Bill's murder over and over again. I wonder if he is getting any rest in the afterlife?
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Thanks to South Dakota Tourism for inviting us to explore their beautiful state. For more information about traveling to South Dakota, visit their website