Badlands and Black Hills | Reader's Digest

Badlands and Black Hills

The unique and varied landscapes that make up this corner of South Dakota -- resonant with history and lore -- were fashioned both by the elements and by human hands.

  from The Most Scenic Drives in America

Length: About 360 miles.

When to go: Popular year-round.

Words to the wise: Some sections of the Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway are closed in winter.

Nearby attractions: Bear Butte State Park, northeast of Sturgis. Devils Tower National Monument, Wyoming. Wounded Knee, south of Badlands National Park.

Visitor centers: Badlands National Park. Mt. Rushmore National Memorial. Wind Cave National Park. Jewel Cave National Monument.

Further information: South Dakota Office of Tourism, 711 E. Wells Ave., Pierre, SD 57501; tel. 800-732-5682, www.travelsd.com.