US Highway 18 runs from Canton, South Dakota in the east, all the way to Edgemont in the west, running through two Native American Reservations, and even crosses the Missouri River. It's a beautiful drive and a nice way to traverse the state - albeit slower than Interstate 90. But with the off the beaten path majesty comes a bit of danger.

US 18 Highway in the Rushmore State has been statistically named the 'Most Dangerous Road in South Dakota.'

High traffic volumes, adverse weather conditions, and the potential for wildlife collisions are factors that contribute to accidents on this route.

Other dangerous roads in South Dakota include Needles Highway in the Black Hills, Iron Mountain Road - also located in the Black Hills - and one of the curviest and windiest roads in all of Mount Rushmore State, and Interstate 90, according to The Advocates website.

Another dangerous highway location that made the list for South Dakota is near Rapid City. When traveling into the Black Hills National Forest, Highway 16 is a popular route. There are several scenic opportunities and steep hills. Nestled in a camper's paradise there are several slow-moving vehicles, ATV adventures, boats, and tourists exploring the natural wonder of the Black Hills. The speed and blind turns make the Catron Boulevard and Highway 16 Intersection a dangerous one.

Our neighboring states also had data on their most dangerous roads:

Minnesota: U.S. Highway 169 (7 deaths per year annually)
Iowa: Interstate 80 (19 deaths per year annually)
Nebraska: Interstate 80 (23 deaths per year annually)
North Dakota: U.S. Highway 2: (10 deaths per year annually)
Wyoming: Interstate 80 (21 deaths per year annually)
Montana: U.S. Highway 2 (15 deaths per year annually)

What Was It like to Vacation in South Dakota’s Black Hills 60 Years Ago?

This time of year our thoughts often turn to planning that perfect getaway to enjoy the warmer weather and extended daylight.

For a lot of us in South Dakota, that means a trek to the Black Hills and all of the things they have to offer.

But vacationing in western South Dakota is hardly a new concept. People from all over the globe have been coming to the area for decades.

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Haunted Locations and Scary Legends Around Sioux Falls

Halloween is steeped in scary traditions. Trick-or-Treating, frightening costumes, local actors in "haunted" houses, and the pitch-black darkness of area corn mazes.

However, if we set out to find the real haunted areas what would we find? Over the last 30 years that I have lived in Sioux Falls, a few locations still gain attention as being haunted.

And yes, a handful of thrill-seeking people will show up on our favorite eerie night for what could be a viral video moment or experience a misty phantom first-hand.
Let's take a little tour of the more famous hauntings around Sioux Falls. Turn on the lights and cue the Cowardly Lion: "I do believe in spooks, I do believe in spooks..."

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