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North and South Dakota

Mt. Rushmore (pictured), the Black Hills, Custer State Park, the Crazy Horse Memorial, Old West mining towns such as Lead and Deadville, and the Badlands are reasons enough to take a road trip to the Dakotas, without spending a ton of money. Plan a DIY drive starting in Rapid City, S.D., and spend about four days driving north until you get to Theodore Roosevelt National Park near Medora. Or choose a ready-made tour starting at $505, land only, for a Black Hills Vacation trip for a family of four that includes lodging and admission to nine national parks and attractions. Info: http://www.ndtourism.com and http://www.travelsd.com; package info: http://www.BlackHillsVacations.com Universal Images Group via Getty Images