{staycation volume 2.}

last week Andrew was on fall break so we decided another “staycation” was in order. {read about our first staycation here} this time around we decided to head to the ‘other dakota’ to visit mount rushmore national memorial. we decided to stay in rapid city {we stayed here} because we figured there wouldn’t be too much going on in keystone since we went in the “off season.” it was such a great little vacation! here are our top 3 recommendations {in no particular order} if you are thinking about visiting the area!

|1| spearfish scenic byway

the byway is 22 miles long and such a pretty drive. there are pullout areas where you can stop to explore and take pictures. honestly if it wasn’t so far away from our families I think we would live in spearfish. we’re obsessed.

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because of the time of year, the bridal veil falls were not flowing very much so we were able to get really close!

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{spearfish falls}

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|2| bear country usa

I think both of us would say this was our favorite part of the trip. you enter bear country usa and go on a drive-thru loop filled with all kinds of wildlife. {elk, reindeer, wolves, big horn sheep, buffalo, and of course bears} the animals roam free and we had a huge black bear cross right in front of our car!

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at the end of the drive, they had ‘babyland’ which is where we saw these cute bear cubs. they were adorable and so fun to watch.

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|3| mount rushmore national monument

lets be real, this was why we really came. pictures just don’t even do this justice. the scenery is gorgeous and the architecture is truly amazing. we originally visited on Saturday but it was so foggy out that we could literally see nothing. luckily we had one more day and were able to come back!

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with how busy life can be, especially with my husband in grad school, it is so nice to just get away for the weekend. we got some much needed quality time! if you have any recommendations for places to do a “staycation” let us know!

XO Lo

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