|When you think of
most pet-friendly states places like
California, Oregon or Florida may come to mind. You may not think of South
Dakota. However, the Black Hills
Region of South Dakota takes a back
seat to no
one as far as a vacation paradise for your four legged friend. The main
it's far from most places. If you are driving cross country on
Interstate 90 you
will pass right through the region. You should stop and spend a few
from the east on Interstate
90 before you get to the Black
visit the Pioneer
Auto Show in Murdo. This
automobile and machinery
up ten large hangers and welcomes your leashed dog inside and out.
After a visit
to the Pioneer Auto Show, you can drive through scenic Badlands
Dogs are not allowed on any of the trails that leave the roadway in
National Park, however, most of the scenery is visible from the many
and parking lots. Also, your well-behaved, leashed dog is welcome to
grounds of the Badlands Petrified Gardens where you can view petrified
and tracks from the past.
most famous attraction
of the Black Hills is, of course, Mount
Rushmore. Dogs used
allowed on the paved observation area but a number of years ago the
unfortunately banned dogs from the complex.
Now the closest view your
get of the famous mountain is from the parking lot. This still offers a
view of the mountain and is well worth seeing. However, it can be very
in the summer so please don't leave your dog in the car without a
with them. True dog-friendly attractions in the Black Hills are
include Bear Country USA, where you drive through a wild animal park,
Thunderhead Underground Falls, and the Reptile Gardens in Rapid City
can see probably more types of snakes and other reptiles than you might
Rapid City, take a look at the Berlin Wall, which are sections of the
Berlin Wall. You can take your dog with you to Dinosaur Park
on the hill
overlooking Rapid City. This unique city park, listed on the official
Register of Historic Places, has a number of real life sized statues of
dinosaurs. There are also a number of dog-friendly restaurants where
eat with you on the patio. Thirsty's is a good choice and our travel
many others as well.
those of you
whose dog would appreciate an long hiking experience, there is the 111
Trail to hike. From Wind Cave to
Bear Butte State Park, this
offers many scenic views and is usually kept in excellent condition.
bring your own water.
and campgrounds are plentiful in the area, from the major chain hotels
City to hotels in Custer and Hot Springs. If you are camping and have
consider the Flintstones Bedrock City Theme Park Campground and
which is pet-friendly.
you are driving
cross-country this is a must see vacation spot for you and your
4-legged traveler. If you fly with your dog it is easy to fly into the
City Airport from major airline hubs.