‘Cool swimming holes in BLANK,’ is a standard search in my Google machine so my trip to South Dakota was no exception. Tucked along the ridge line of the Black Hills is a sweet, secluded swimming hole that only the most adventurous will enjoy. Those who reach ‘Hippie Hole’ will be rewarded with a liquid oasis to escape the summer heat - but not without dedication and drive - literally.
A stone’s throw from Las Vegas, Valley of Fire State Park will have you exchanging your gambling tokens for hiking boots. This park is packed with massive red rocks jetting hundreds of feet in the air from seemingly nowhere ranking as my most underrated state park in America. Who hit the Nevada jackpot? You did.