Greetings from South Dakota!
I’ve become that person. Move over, millennials, because I’m the mom who plots our trips mostly around getting great Instagram shots. Before you say I’m nuts, I’ll add that I think every restaurant and hotel designer from here on out should spend the majority of their budget on perfect selfie lighting and highly hashtagable (yes, I just made that up) decor. So maybe I am a wee bit certifiable, but at least my IG feed would be on point. (For the record, I don’t actually post each and every photo to Instagram, but I like options…lots of angles and options.)
Take photos or it didn’t happen. Right?
It’s kind of like that whole tree falling in the woods scenario. Did the tree make a sound if no one was there to hear it? Well, I’m 100% certain you didn’t meet The Biebs if there is no selfie. Hashtag that #sorrynotsorry
Instagramming South Dakota
So it’s pretty easy to plan a road trip throughout South Dakota solely based on what I would like to see in my own IG feed. I definitely don’t have to think long and hard about booking the trip, because South Dakota is amazing. But it might be tough to narrow down the best shots and locations. All you need to do is go directly to the state’s tourism website or the @SouthDakota Instagram feed to see not only how breathtakingly beautiful the state is, but how much fun you can have visiting. So let’s get started, shall we?
High up on The JetSet Family’s great bucket list is Mount Rushmore National Memorial. I’ve been obsessed with this iconic landmark since I was a kid, and let me tell you, I still can’t wait to see it with my very own eyes. And now that I’ve found out there is a cafe where you can try Thomas Jefferson’s original ice cream recipe, I may faint with happiness.
Next up, Crazy Horse Memorial. What many don’t realize is Crazy Horse Memorial that began in 1948 as a way to pay homage to the Lakota leader and our nation’s Native American heritage, is actually funded by admission and donations, making it impossible to close down should the U.S. Government order another National Park shutdown. After your Crazy Horse selfie, word has it that you should follow your tour of the Indian Museum of North American Educational and Cultural Center with a visit to the restaurant for the best Tatanka Stew in all the land.
OK, I’m just going to say it. I want to see buffalo. Lots and lots of buffalo…as in a stampede that will blow my mind. Take me on the Buffalo Safari Jeep Tour and I will be one happy JetSet Mom. There’s something about the idea of feeling the roar of a buffalo stampede under my feet that thrills me like no other. Let’s go off-road through Custer State Park and spot pronghorns, elk, and my beloved buffalo. Not sure if buffalo are tech-savvy and into selfies just yet, but we can figure something out.
This might come as a real shock to many, but I really want to visit Sturgis. I know, I know, Ms. Hypocrite, but I’m fascinated with the event. If there ever should come a time when I climb up on the back of a Harley, it will be to ride into Sturgis. And I’ll be singing “Unknown Legend.” Because I am. And I’ll take a selfie in my Sturgis T-shirt to prove it. If that’s not a bucket list item, I’m not sure what is.
Historic Deadwood sounds like a place Kiddo would really get a kick out of because it will make her feel like she just jumped into P!nk’s “Trouble” video, having gone back in time 200 years ago to the Old West. There’s even a tour that visits the graves of Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane, but the real fun is the reenactment of an old Wild West shootout right in front of the Franklin Hotel, and shooting of Wild Bill at Saloon #10.
Have you visited South Dakota?
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