There's no doubt that they grow 'em heartier in South Dakota than they do in the rest of the country.

Case in point: long after folks in almost every other state have put away the camping gear for the season, you can still head into the great outdoors in the Mount Rushmore State.

As crazy as that might sound with wind chills dipping well into the -30 range in some places throughout the state, not only can you pitch a tent in South Dakota this weekend, but you have an abundance of different campgrounds to choose from.

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Would you believe that 48 different South Dakota campgrounds are accepting reservations on the Game, Fish, and Parks website?

You can grab a site for as little as $11 a night.

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The reservation page makes it easy, letting you select a specific spot and even narrowing down your choices by location, amenities, activities, pet policies, and electrical needs.

No need to wait for warmer weather.

Get out and enjoy all of the great outdoors South Dakota has to offer!

10 South Dakota Myths Even Some Natives Believe

Have you ever notice how much outsiders (and some insiders) get wrong about South Dakota? They believe and repeat some of these ridiculous South Dakota stereotypes.

SO, to do our part in educating folks, here's a list of some of the most ridiculous myths outsiders always believe South Dakota.

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What Was It like to Vacation in South Dakota’s Black Hills 60 Years Ago?

This time of year our thoughts often turn to planning that perfect getaway to enjoy the warmer weather and extended daylight.

For a lot of us in South Dakota, that means a trek to the Black Hills and all of the things they have to offer.

But vacationing in western South Dakota is hardly a new concept. People from all over the globe have been coming to the area for decades.

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Seven Mind-Blowing Wonders' of South Dakota

I think most of us have at least heard of the "Seven Wonders of the Modern World." We might not be able to rattle them off as easily as McDonald's value menu items, but chances are you've heard of at least some of them, right?

There's the Great Wall of ChinaChichén Itzá, a Mayan City on the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. The ancient city of Petra, in Jordan. Machu Picchu in Peru. Christ the Redeemer Statue in Rio de Janeiro. The Colosseum in Rome, and finally, the Taj Mahal in Agra, India.

Every state in the nation is known for having a series of natural wonders and signature landmarks. So, I thought I would come up with my own list of the "Seven Wonders of South Dakota."

The following is what I consider to be the signature landmarks, monuments, and natural wonders that are synonymous with the great state of South Dakota. I tried to give both sides of the state a little love while comprising this list.

You might have a few additions...
Let's get started. The Seven Wonders of South Dakota:

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