The first National Park I ever visited was Badlands National Park. I was in my early twenties and had recently moved to Iowa for an internship. I hopped in a car with two other gals, whom I’d just met. Driving across the entire state of South Dakota gives you PLENTY of time to get to know someone! If you have never been there before, it’s flat… very flat and you see lots and lots, and did I say lots of cattle. At least the speed limit is 80!! Little did I know this trip would change my life.

One would never know that staring out into mounds of rock/sand would be a life changing experience. It was like being on a different planet, but yet there are beautiful fields of green grass filled with prairie dogs. And bright yellow wildflowers growing in places that you wouldn’t think is possible. Waking up early called for seeing lots of Bison and Big-horned sheep! This is the first time I’d learned what it meant to score first come first serve camping. The itch officially started. Now I have a bucket list dream – visit every one of these beautiful places that we call a National Park.

– as told by Alex, Good Trip’s Southwest Lead Guide

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