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Pronounced “leed,” this mining boom town turned natural wonderland is located deep in the Black Hills. Lead, founded in 1890, is known in South Dakota for the striking scenery and historical significance. Everywhere one travels to in this state has stories and sites related to the Old West, gold rush, and cowboys. Be ready to take a story or two of your own home after you visit.
Black Hills Mining Museum
Take a stroll down Main Street, and while you’re there, stop by this museum, which is the official mining museum in South Dakota. The museum is dedicated to telling the stories of gold miners and gold panners that came from all over the world to try to make a home in America. It’s a great activity for kids. The museum has a gold panning program (for $10 additional cost) where visitors of all ages can go to a gold panning site and sift for their own gold. Any gold the kids find, they can keep at no additional charge. Admittance into the museum is $10 for adults, $5 for children. Check out their website for more details: http://blackhillsminingmuseum.com/about-us/.
Snowmobiling is one of the largest pastimes in South Dakota. Not only is there plenty of good, downy snow, there is also more than 350 miles of manicured snowmobiling trails for the avid rider. Keep an eye on the winter festivals as they are the best time to go snowmobiling in South Dakota (if you like company while you ride). Snow Jam is the largest snowmobiling festival in the state, occurring every January.
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