Out of all the national parks I’ve visited, Badlands is the one I’ve spent the least amount of time in. I came to this part of South Dakota while driving across the country from Pennsylvania to Washington, as I moved to Seattle. My mom and dog were with me, so we could only take a quick detour off the highway and drive through the park, stopping off at a few overlooks to take in the view. Luckily for us, national parks can still be astounding even in small doses.

Quick Facts:

  • Visited: 2015

  • National Park founded: 1978

  • Location: South Dakota

  • Size: 242,756 acres

Learn More:


  • Driving along Route 240

  • Big Badlands Overlook