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Great American Vacation 2012 – Jewel Cave

June 11, 2012 Jewel Cave, carved into South Dakota’s Black Hills, is the second longest cave in the world, with just over 151 miles of mapped passageways. Inside the visitor’s center, there’s a small exhibit of some of the rock formations found in the cave…


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Great American Vacation 2012 – The 1880 Train

It’s a beautiful day in Hill City, departure station for the Black Hills Central Railway. Today we take an historic steam train between Hill City and Keystone through the Black Hills National Forest. Our engine takes on water before the 20 mile journey ahead. We…


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Great American Vacation 2012 – Mammoth Site

June 9, 2012 The Mammoth Site in Hot Springs, South Dakota, is the world’s largest mammoth research facility where we travel back in time when Ice Age mammoth, camel, and giant short-faced bear roamed the Great Plains of North America. In 1974, a construction worker,…


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Great American Vacation 2012 – Wind Cave

June 9, 2012 Wind Cave is one of the world’s longest and most complex caves. Established in 1903 by President Theodore Roosevelt, it was the seventh U.S. National Park and the first cave to be designated a national park anywhere in the world. Inside the…


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Great American Vacation 2012 – Crazy Horse Memorial

June 8, 2012 Just like Mount Rushmore, the Crazy Horse Memorial is another incredible sculpture blasted and carved out of the rock in the Black Hills in South Dakota. This sculpture honors Crazy Horse, an historically famous Oglala Lakota warrior, riding a horse and pointing…


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Great American Vacation 2012 – Rushmore Tramway and Alpine Slide

June 8, 2012 It seems like where we travel in the world, we always end up on a chair lift up a mountain and on a fast luge ride down again. South Dakota is no exception. We take the Rushmore Tramway and Alpine Slide up…


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Great American Vacation 2012 – Mount Rushmore

June 8, 2012 Mount Rushmore National Memorial is host to almost three million visitors a year from across the country and around the world. We’re here today to admire this famous symbol of American freedom and hope. Leading up to the Grand Viewing Terrace is…


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Great American Vacation 2012 – Wall Drug Store

June 7, 2012 On our way to Mount Rushmore, we can’t help but stop at Wall Drugs, pretty much in the middle of nowhere on the edge of the Badlands of South Dakota. Wall Drug is a shopping mall consisting of a drug store, gift…