Small RV Travel Fun In South Dakota

Few places say America like Mount Rushmore. This carved monument pays tribute to four great men that built America. Yearly over two million visitors, many with a small RV, visit here. The monument was started by Guitzon Borglum who fell ill and died during the process of creating the monument near Keystone, South Dakota. His son Lincoln Borglum finished the carving on the monument which covers 1,278 acres bearing the faces of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. The first carving was done in 1927 but it was not finished until 1941. To build the monument Mr. Borglum blasted 450,000 tons of rock off the mountain. The cost to build the monument was $989,922 much of which was contributed by Guitzon Borglum himself.

Visitors to this area of South Dakota with a small RV will also enjoy visiting the caves located in the area. Two of these are also owned by the National Park Service. They are Wind Cave National Park and Jewel Cave National Monument. Wind Cave National Park sits on 28,295 acres located near Hot Springs, South Dakota. The cave is a wonderful example of boxwork which looks like honeycombs. The area is home to numerous large animals including bison, elk, deer, and many smaller animals. Jewel Cave National Monument is the second longest cave anywhere at 152.81 miles long. Campers with a small RV will enjoy visiting both of these caves and especially enjoy the lantern tour at Jewel Cave National Monument. Jewel Cave is also a great place to go hiking.

Visitors to South Dakota with a small RV will want to be sure and stop at the Corn Palace near Mitchell, South Dakota. The Corn Palace was first established n 1892 to prove to the world that South Dakota grew great corn. A second palace was built in 1905 and yet another was built in 1919 and completed in 1921. At that time the building was home to a basketball court and it is still voted as a top ten place to watch high school basketball in the country. The facility also hosts many big name entertainers each year along with industrial shows, proms, and graduations. Each year the corn palace is decorated with murals built from colored corn. Artists compete for the honor of designing the mural each year and their work is viewed by an estimated 500,000 visitors each year.