Favorite Midwest Parks for Fall Color
South Dakota: Custer State Park
At 71,000 acres, Custer State Park (30 miles south of Rapid City) is one of the nation's largest state parks, known for granite spires called Needles and the 1,500 head of bison that wander freely. You can't go wrong with any of the trails here, but for a short, 1-mile walk, it's hard to beat the loop around lovely Sylvan Lake. For a longer hike, head to Harney Peak (and into the Black Hills National Forest); it's about 7 miles round-trip from the Sylvan Lake trailhead, with gorgeous vistas of the area's famous granite formations.