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April 8, 2017

Travel Inspiration: Hot Springs, South Dakota

Travel Inspiration: Hot Springs, South Dakota

This post is sponsored by the South Dakota Department of Tourism but the content (excluding photography) and opinions expressed here are my own.

Before our recent trip to Punta Cana, I honestly couldn't remember the last time we took a trip somewhere for vacation.  I logged a lot of miles going back and forth from here to Toronto for family emergencies and/or boat shopping, but those were hurried, stressful trips.  We had the luxury of going to Duluth, MN (twice!) to exchange a damaged bathtub - does that count as a vacation?  Before that, I spent time in Hungary for research but that was more than four years ago.  Times flies!  Prior to that, though, Hubby and I traveled quite a bit for work and leisure.  We traveled to Greece, France, Portugal and a little bit in Canada and the United States (including cities in Texas, New York, New Jersey, Kentucky, Massachusetts, and Vermont).  Those North American trips were so much fun - we logged so many miles on our little hatchback at the time!  Road trips are my favorite because I love exploring little towns and finding random things to see - my Pyrex collection grew thanks to so many roadside antique shops.

Since coming home from our most recent trip, I can't help but miss how much we used to travel, especially those little trips.  Living in Ottawa, we were so much closer to other cities.  Here on Lake Superior we can feel pretty isolated at times, which is why our vacation felt SO nice.  But now I'm dreaming of more.  I've always wanted to go to Hawaii and Palm Springs, but then readers started suggesting places I'd never thought to visit, places with warm climates and more affordable hotels and more unique attractions.  It really opened my eyes, so when the South Dakota Department of Tourism reached out about crating a post about the incredible sights to see in the community of Hot Springs, I was intrigued and thought it would be a fun opportunity to consider a new place to add to our list of potential vacations - and maybe yours, too!

The photos have definitely proved to be quite enticing:


Travel Inspiration: Hot Springs, South Dakota
Angostura Rec Area
Travel Inspiration: Hot Springs, South Dakota
Wild Horse Sanctuary
Travel Inspiration: Hot Springs, South Dakota
Freedom Trail
Travel Inspiration: Hot Springs, South Dakota
Wind Cave National Park Wildlife

Close to canyons, the community of Hot Springs, South Dakota looks like it has a lot to offer outdoors enthusiasts.  From the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary to Wind Cave National Park, there is so much wildlife to enjoy.  And yes, there really is a hot springs there!  Actually, in 1890 Evans Springs was built over sparkling springs of 87-degree mineral water, creating a sheltered space to relax and feel the healing rejuvenation of the water.  Ahhhh.  I could have definitely used that this winter!  I remember visiting a hot springs as a kid on vacation and my family needed to literally drag me out of there.  We left in such a hurry my Mom and I left our bathing suits behind by accident!  There are also lake resorts, an award-winning gold course, and even a 41,000-square-foot mammoth research center, which is pretty cool. 

Travel Inspiration: Hot Springs, South Dakota

Sounds like this quaint little town - with more than 35 sandstone buildings! - would be such a relaxing place to get away from it all.

Travel Inspiration: Hot Springs, South Dakota

Has anyone been to Hot Springs, South Dakota?  Is it on your list of places to see?  I'd love to hear your thoughts!

This post is sponsored by the South Dakota Department of Tourism but the content (excluding photography) and opinions expressed here are my own.
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  1. Just yesterday (literally yesterday) my husband and I decided that this summer we want to drive down to South Dakota for a vacation at some point this summer. This post has perfect timing.

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  2. I have literally NEVER thought of visiting South Dakota. These pictures have me thinking about it now! I had to look up Hot Springs on the map. What a beautiful part of the country it is in... :)

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