Top 7 Places to Visit in South Dakota

Top 7 Places to Visit in South Dakota

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3 Popular Attractions In South Dakota

  • Bear Country USA: Drive-through wildlife park in Rapid City, South Dakota.
  • South Dakota Facts

    • Jack McCall was tried, convicted and hanged two miles north of Yankton in 1877 for the shooting of Wild Bill Hickok. He is buried in an unmarked grave in the Yankton cemetery.
    • Near the shore of Lake Herman, Prairie Village includes the original townsite of Herman, Dakota Territory. It is also home of the Art B. Thomas Hershell-Spillman Carousel that is complete with its operating coal fired boiler and steam engine.
    • The Crazy Horse Mountain Carving Will Be The Largest Sculpture In The World…
    • South Dakota is the only state with an official State Jewelry: Black Hills gold.
    South Dakota
    Dakȟóta itókaga(Sioux)
    State of South Dakota
    Nickname(s):

    The Mount Rushmore State (official)
    Motto(s):

    Under God the People Rule
    Anthem:Hail, South Dakota!
    Map of the United States with South Dakota highlighted

    Map of the United States with South Dakota highlighted
    Country United States
    Before statehood Dakota Territory
    Admitted to the Union November 2, 1889 (40th (but see text))
    Capital Pierre
    Largest city Sioux Falls
    Largest metro and urban areas Sioux Falls
    Government

    Governor Kristi Noem (R)
    Lieutenant Governor Larry Rhoden (R)
    Legislature South Dakota Legislature
    Upper house Senate
    Lower house House of Representatives
    Judiciary South Dakota Supreme Court
    U.S. senators John Thune (R)
    Mike Rounds (R)
    U.S. House delegation Dusty Johnson (R) (list)
    Area

    •Total 77,116[1]sqmi (199,729km2)
    •Land 75,811sqmi (196,350km2)
    •Water 1,305sqmi (3,379km2) 1.7%
    •Rank 17th
    Dimensions

    •Length 380mi (610km)
    •Width 210mi (340km)
    Elevation

    2,200ft (670m)
    Highestelevation

    7,244ft (2,208m)
    Lowestelevation

    968ft (295m)
    Population

    (2020)
    •Total 886,667
    •Rank 46th
    •Density 11.50/sqmi (4.44/km2)
    •Rank 46th
    Median household income

    $56,521[5]
    •Income rank

    33rd
    Demonym(s) South Dakotan
    Language

    Official language English, O'ceti Sakowin[6]
    Spoken language English, Spanish (2.06%), Dakota[7][8] (1.39%), German (1.37%)[9]
    Time zones
    eastern half UTC−06:00 (Central)
    •Summer (DST) UTC−05:00 (CDT)
    western half UTC−07:00 (Mountain)
    •Summer (DST) UTC−06:00 (MDT)
    USPS abbreviation
    SD
    ISO 3166 code US-SD
    Traditional abbreviation S.D., S.Dak.
    Latitude 42°29′ N to 45°56′ N
    Longitude 96°26′ W to 104°03′ W
    Website sd.gov

    More

    #southdakota #blackhills #mtrushmore

    Top 7 Places to Visit in South Dakota

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    There are so many places to visit in South Dakota that it's hard to narrow it down to just a few! This list comprises OUR favorites! We could have made it a top 10 but some places we didn't take any video or photos…so yeah, top 7 it is! We realize we've included some tourist traps, and some “corny” places… but hey you can't find them in any other state! We tried to include a smattering of the outdoors, the historic, and the eccentric! Here's our list:

    Number 7 – The Corn Palace
    Number 6 – Wall Drug
    Number 5 – Crazy Horse Memorial
    Number 4 – Mt Rushmore National Memorial.
    Number 3 – Reptile Gardens
    Number 2 – Badlands National Park.
    Number 1 – Custer State Park

    Did we miss any of your favorite places to go in this fantastic state? Of course we did! Leave us a comment if you've ever been to any of these places.

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    12 thoughts on “Top 7 Places to Visit in South Dakota

    1. 7. Corn Palace. If you enjoy the idea of someone gluing corn to side of a gymnasium then sure you'll enjoy it, but I wouldn't call it a good tourist location in South Dakota, just a well known one because east river has so few
      5. The crazy horse memorial is a neat ambitious project. However, it's not even 5% completed and it's been through 2 generations of builders. To say the least it's not that impressive. If you're not overwhelmed by Mt Rushmore, which most won't be, I wouldn't recommend crazy horse.
      4. Mount Rushmore, after 2 hours of bumper to bumper traffic you realize that what you're looking at is the exact same as every picture you've ever seen of it. There is nothing different or unique about it's look in person. You cannot get up close and personal to the monument as one shot shows. What you see on the postcard is what you see in person. More impressive is the restaurant on the top which was featured in north by northwest, but even that's not that impressive. Also worth looking into is the trail that goes to the back of mount rushmore, that's something cool and niche.
      3. Surprisingly a hidden and niche tourist spot for years. Usually worth your money to take a look. It's not a big zoo, but as far as small zoos go it's pretty cool and has some fun features. I do recommend this stop personally.
      Honorable mention to Black Elk, formally Harney, Peak. If you have a few hours to kill hiking and its nearby, it's worth a visit.

    2. You’re only covering just a few things on the very west side of SD. There’s so much more, including Bear Country and lots of cave tours (near Rapid City) and so much more across the state as well.

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