The ooohhsss and ahhhhhssss from the back of the van made our whole trip worth it. No one (except me) had been to the Badlands before. It's amazing that you drive through grassland and more grassland and then suddenly you come to these huge canyons and castle type formations carved into the land. This used to be a great sea and the land is mostly soil, not rock. Driving along, we saw bison (lots of them), bighorn sheep, antelope, and prairie dogs.
We also made a stop at one of the Minuteman Missile Silos used or rather not used during the Cold War.
The kids enjoyed getting Junior Ranger books in which they did activities to earn a badge.
Next stop Mt . Rushmore.