Top 8 Attractions and Places to Visit in South Dakota

Top 8 Attractions and 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

    • Custer State Park is home to a herd of 1,500 free-roaming bison. Bison can weigh as much as 2,000 pounds. Historically, the bison played an essential role in the lives of the Lakota (Sioux), who relied on the “tatanka” for food, clothing and shelter.
    • Sturgis is home of the annual Black Hills Classic Motorcycle Rally.
    • The first & oldest Dakota daily newspaper, published in 1861 is the Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan.
    • South Dakota became the United States as part of the Louisiana Purchase in 1803.
    Sioux Falls
    From top, left to right: Downtown and Falls park in May 2022 with Cherapa Place and Steel District developments under construction; Old Minnehaha County Courthouse; Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science; Phillips Avenue in downtown Sioux Falls; view of the Big Sioux River from 6th Street Bridge
    Official seal of Sioux Falls


    Best Little City in America, Queen City of the West, The Heart of America
    Location within Minnehaha County

    Location within Minnehaha County
    Map of the U.S.

    Map of the U.S.
    Sioux Falls
    Location within South Dakota

    Map of the U.S.

    Map of the U.S.
    Sioux Falls
    Location within the United States


    43°32′11″N 96°43′54″W / 43.53639°N 96.73167°W / 43.53639; -96.73167Coordinates: 43°32′11″N 96°43′54″W / 43.53639°N 96.73167°W / 43.53639; -96.73167 Country United States State South Dakota Counties Minnehaha, Lincoln Named for The waterfall of the Big Sioux River Government

    Mayor Paul TenHaken (R) Area

    City 79.93sqmi (207.02km2) •Land 79.39sqmi (205.62km2) •Water 0.54sqmi (1.40km2) Elevation

    1,470ft (448m) Population

    City 192,517 •Estimate

    196,528 •Rank 130th in the United States
    1st in South Dakota •Density 2,424.95/sqmi (936.28/km2) •Metro

    281,958 (176th) Demonym(s) Siouxlander (unofficial) Time zone UTC−6 (Central) •Summer (DST) UTC−5 (Central) ZIP codes
    Zip codes[6]
    Area code 605 FIPS code 46-59020 GNIS feature ID 1267670[7] Website


    Have you visited these top 8 tourist attractions and places in South Dakota? Most of the tourist destinations are located in the southwestern part of the State, specifically at the Blackhills, where the hilly terrains dominate the landscape. It is also where the highest peak in South Dakota is located; the Harney Peak is at elevation 7,242 ft (2,207 m). If you are planning to visit and see South Dakota, the best option is to directly go to the southwestern part via Rapid City. There, you can spend a week enjoying the region’s beautiful landscape, its wildlife, its history.

    Mammoth Site of Hot Springs
    Bear Country USA
    South Dakota Air and Space Museum
    Mount Rushmore National Memorial
    The Wildlife Loop at Custer State Park
    Wind Cave National Park
    Badlands National Park
    Wall Drug

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