My most recent vacation that I went on was to South Dakota. This was a family vacation, so my mom (Donna), dad (Dean), brother (Dawson), brothers girlfriend (Maddie), and then my sister (Kennedy) met up with us on the last day. It was such a fun and adventurous vacation, probably one of my favorites so far. We did a wide variety of activities including, hiking, going to a concert, and shopping.

Day 1:

South Dakota day one started out with driving from Spooner, WI all the way to South Dakota. My family made the decision to drive so that we could make stops along the way. On our drive to the hotel, we stopped at Wall Drug, The Corn Palace, Crazy Horse, Mount Rushmore, and the Badlands. It was a busy day! And remember, if you go to Wall Drug, take a picture with the famous dinosaur. My favorite part was definitely going to The Black Hills and seeing all of the animals. It is a great stop along the way to get out and stretch your legs as well!

Day 2:

Day two was a more relaxed day. We went shopping on the main stretch in Deadwood and visited the historical spots downtown. Afterwards, we drove to Sturgis and got to see where the Motorcycle Rally takes place. To finish off our day we went out to eat and went to the live street music.

Day 3:

Day three was definitely one of the best. We started out the day doing one of my favorite things…shopping! We stopped to shop on our way from Deadwood to Sioux Falls. We then went to our hotel, got ready, and went to a Luke Combs concert. While a Luke Combs concert might not be readily available to you if you go, there are always concerts going on.

Day 4:

Day four was pretty boring, we headed back home after getting breakfast. The day was just full of driving and sleeping.

Ready to plan your trip to South Dakota? Go to the top menu and click on Planned 4 Me and click on SoDak Vacation. Here you will find hotel recommendations, places to eat, activities to do, etc.


  1. Zoey Vaara says:

    Hello Annika, I really like the layout of your blog. As mentioned it is super cool that we can plan our own trip through your blog. Super cool!

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  2. joeryder594 says:

    I loved the trip that you took, it seems like it was a lot of fun. The thing that you did that seemed the most fun to me was when you went to the Luke Combs concert. I also loved all the detail and interactive aspects of your website.

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  3. I have been to South Dakota as well. We stopped at pretty much all those places and yes they are amazing. Pictures of Mount Rushmore don’t do it justice.

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  4. Morgan says:

    Hey Annika! I like the layout of your blog, as well as the “Plan 4 Me” page. I like the number of pictures you used to tell your story. I also really like how you listed the activities for each day as opposed to summarizing the entire trip in one section. I enjoyed reading your blog!

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  5. wondragc3029 says:

    I love SD, I have so many pictures with the giant green dinosaur! Would you ever live in SD? It looks and sounds like you had lots of fun!

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    1. I don’t think I would ever live in South Dakota full time, but I could see myself going there for college! It’s a great place!


  6. Emmalee Golembiewski says:

    Hi Annika! This seems like a really interesting and fun trip! It looks like a lot of fun! I love days like day 2 and day where you can just go around a relax is always great.

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  7. QV 2019 says:


    I love your blog. The “plan your own trip” makes it interactive for people, and the pictures make it accessible. You even were able to go to a concert!

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  8. Hey Annika! I enjoyed reading through your trip to South Dakota. It definitely is cool to see some of the more famous places to visit while going to South Dakota. You definitely seemed to have a lot of fun going on this trip and I’m glad that you could experience it!

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  9. This is very creative! I love the option to create my own trip and the layout for your blog. It’s very easy to navigate and the fact you made your own logo is very cool! I’ve been to South Dakota before, but I never got to see the dinosaur. I’ll definitely have to check it out the next time my family goes!

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  10. bittorfs22 says:

    Our family also went to the Corn Palace. It was cool seeing the many pictures of how they decorate the palace differently each year. Deadwood was my families favorite town.

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  11. lynnryan268 says:

    Hi Annika! That looks like a really fun trip! I have always wanted to go there, but never go the chance. It looks like you had a lot of great views there! I like days that are busy and packed with fun! So if it were me day one would be my favorite!

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