Goodbye Utah! Hello South Dakota!
For a blast to the past, Lisa and the Zipkick bloggers continued on to South Dakota and made a stop in legendary Sturgis, including the Knuckle Salon and Trading Post where the annual Harley Davidson festival is held! The Wild West really comes to life here, especially in the “Badlands” and its cemetary, which holds the remains of Wild Bill and Calamity Jane.
Video: On the Road to Rushmore
After getting a taste for the Wild West, it was time to set off to Mount Rushmore. Here Lisa and the team toured the sights by moonlight for a look at George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. The touching ceremony at the end of each night honors US troops with the lowering of the flag. There’s so much to learn from the past and this monument will forever be an important part of the American history and present.
Though Mount Rushmore holds much historical significance, it’s also a place to come and unwind! The Rushmore Hotel and Suites in Rapid City is the winner of several Trip Advisor awards for excellence and offers comfortable, spacious rooms. The local restaurant, Enigma, serves the freshest organic food from land and sea including pomegranate-braised lambshank and broiled walleye; all complemented by live music!
Video: Mt. Rushmore at night
Staying with the theme of the past, Lisa and the team made a stop at the Crazy Horse memorial in Western South Dakota. The memorial to this important Lakota leader was carved by Korczak Ziolowski into the granite Black Hills mountain range as part of a 100-year project. The impressive head sits 219 feet high and watches out over the valley with its multitude of stories from past times.