On DakotaChic I write a lot of about food, fashion and general style. Some people are surprised when they hear I’m from the Midwest, and others are even more surprised when I tell them my home state is South Dakota. (Do people even live there?) The answer is not that many, actually, but YES we do have running water, as well as this little thing called the internet. There a lot of reasons why I think my home state is pretty darn great. From sprawling, flat farmland on the east side of the state, to rolling prairie hills in the center, to the striking Black Hills covered in pine trees, South Dakota has a lot to offer. And as much as I love my state, I love supporting incredible South Dakota organizations, like Dakota Uprising, even more. Dakota Uprising is a local brand focused on the Black Hills. They offer the comfiest t-shirts, sweatshirts and accessories branded with the Black Hills or South Dakota messaging. (I seriously live in my WANDER t-shirt from them.) When Katie with Dakota Uprising emailed me and asked if I wanted to collaborate on a post, I could not have been more thrilled. The thing about Dakota Uprising is they are really SO much more than a clothing brand. They are truly a lifestyle brand and community for people who love to explore, wander and embrace the best parts of our state. Their blog is packed full of hiking recommendations for the Black Hills and guides for local trails. Even if you consider yourself more of a “glamper,” you can delight in their delicious drink recipes and share in the incredible stories of local talents featured on the site. If that’s not enough, they donate a portion of their profits to Feeding South Dakota and Love 146 charities.
The shots below are from a recent girl’s trip we took to the Black Hills. We rented a cabin, and hiked, explored and played tourist in the Black Hills for the weekend. Thank you to Dakota Uprising for the hiking tips, or we would have been literally lost! (We definitely fall under the “glamping” category.) It was the most fun I’ve had in a long time. If you haven’t had a chance to visit the Black Hills in South Dakota, you definitely need to add it to your list. In my opinion, it’s incredible underrated. It’s not crowded, it’s insanely beautiful, and it’s very affordable. That, my friends, is a true travel trifecta.