I have finally undertaken this post to explain what I mean when I say that visiting Badlands provides a far richer experience than a trip to see the Grand Canyon.
One of the major reasons that we did not like the Grand Canyon National Park as much is that it seems to be almost always crowded.
The Grand Canyon is always visited by tourists, even on stormy and snowy days.
6 million people visited the Grand Canyon last year compared to just over 1 million that visited the Badlands. By a simple comparison of the numbers, Badlands provides a much more intimate nature and wildlife experience.
President Theodore Roosevelt, while declaring the Grand Canyon a national monument, said “Leave it as it is. You cannot improve on it. The ages have been at work on it, and man can only mar it.”
Contrast that with Badlands, where the only billboards on the isolated stretches of I-90 advertise the ‘Wall Drug’, a somewhat kitschy but interesting tourist mall. Apart from that, there are no developments, no tours, and no shuttles to experience the Badlands.
Badlands offers unobstructed views of its beauty even before you venture on the Badlands Loop Road, one of the most scenic drives in South Dakota.
Come over and see why we love Badlands