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The Badlands of South Dakota

Badlands National Park

Looking for a fun place to road trip to this summer? Well, a trip to the Badlands of South Dakota is something I would highly recommend. I visited this national park for the second time yesterday and was just as pleased by it as the first time.  With impressive hoodoos, volcanic flow, petrified wood, and rocky plateaus, it literally feels like you just stepped into a scene from Star Wars. It is truly one of the most beautiful and unique places I have travelled to in the United States.On top of the picturesque rock formations that this park holds, the 244,000 acre expanse is also home to prairie dogs, bighorn sheep, bison, black footed ferrets, and reptiles such as lizards and rattle snakes. Will and I did not see any bison or ferrets this time, but we did see a ton of bighorn sheep along the road and heard a rattle snake in the bushes when we were walking up a trail (eek!).
Oh! And this park might be rugged and dry, but there are flowers too! And not only in the Spring.

In the Summer, there are some of my favorite desert flowers, including Pricklypear, Milkweeds, and the Whoolly Verbena shown below. And there are also a ton of different grasses that are fun to photograph. I’m telling ya. Its a great place to visit and take photos! 🙂

All of the park is beautiful, but I think the West entrance is the most impressive. That is where I took most of these photos. So definitely make sure you visit that part of the park!Anyways, what have you been up to? How is your summer going so far? Let me know in the comments!

xo, mikéla

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The Badlands of South Dakota

Badlands National Park

Looking for a fun place to road trip to this summer? Well, a trip to the Badlands of South Dakota is something I would highly recommend. I visited this national park for the second time yesterday and was just as pleased by it as the first time.  With impressive hoodoos, volcanic flow, petrified wood, and rocky plateaus, it literally feels like you just stepped into a scene from Star Wars. It is truly one of the most beautiful and unique places I have travelled to in the United States.On top of the picturesque rock formations that this park holds, the 244,000 acre expanse is also home to prairie dogs, bighorn sheep, bison, black footed ferrets, and reptiles such as lizards and rattle snakes. Will and I did not see any bison or ferrets this time, but we did see a ton of bighorn sheep along the road and heard a rattle snake in the bushes when we were walking up a trail (eek!).
Oh! And this park might be rugged and dry, but there are flowers too! And not only in the Spring.

In the Summer, there are some of my favorite desert flowers, including Pricklypear, Milkweeds, and the Whoolly Verbena shown below. And there are also a ton of different grasses that are fun to photograph. I’m telling ya. Its a great place to visit and take photos! 🙂

All of the park is beautiful, but I think the West entrance is the most impressive. That is where I took most of these photos. So definitely make sure you visit that part of the park!Anyways, what have you been up to? How is your summer going so far? Let me know in the comments!

xo, mikéla

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  1. GlamorousandGeeky (@Gofashiondeals)

    July 8th, 2017 at 3:27 pm

    Such a beautiful place!!!!

  2. Mich Joseph

    July 9th, 2017 at 7:50 am

    What a fascinating place!

    Mich x
    https://michjosephblog.wordpress.com

  3. Aleksandra

    July 10th, 2017 at 1:01 am

    What a magnificent view!

  4. kclairethrush

    July 19th, 2017 at 7:23 am

    I’ve heard the Badlands are really beautiful and I never really gave them a second thought… until now! I absolutely love the desert flowers and the light rays peeking through the clouds 🙂 So stunning. I’ve been up to North Dakoata’s Black Hills before and I really really love those in the winter with just a little snow on them. Hope all is well sweet girl! xo

    Kelsey | http://www.abalancingpeach.com

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