South Dakota Travel Planner

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Wild South Dakota is a beautiful place to travel.  The Black Hills are the highest point east of the Rockies, with peaks in excess of 7,000 feet., covering about 6,000 sq. miles.  Badlands National Park sports beautiful water and wind eroded gorges and spires.  Both Mount Rushmore National Memorial and Crazy Horse Memorial are carved into the Black Hills .  Custer State Park and Wind Cave National Park, also in the Black Hills, are home to the largest group of free ranging American bison in the world.  Jewel Cave National Monument, the third longest cave in the world is in the Black Hills as well.  Custer City and Deadwood are mining camps left behind from the last great gold rush in the continental US.

Camping, dining, shopping and more are available along the Missouri River.  When Lewis and Clark traveled the

Missouri in 1804 it was winding and shallow.  Today it has been dammed to create South Dakota’s Great Lakes.  American Indian reservations, Lewis and Clark sites and small towns rest along its banks.

Get a taste of pioneer life at the Laura Ingalls Wilder Pageant in De Smet, and tour the house where the Ingalls spent their first Dakota winter.  Visit the Milbank Train Festival and see a mock train robbery.  Sample American Indian culture in the land where Dances With Wolves, Teddy Roosevelt and the Rough Riders & Crazy Horse were filmed.  Try your luck at the Dakota Nation Casinos.

The southeast is home to Sioux Falls, Dell Rapids, the Mitchell Corn Palace, Spirit Mound, the South Dakota Symphony and the NASCAR Winston Racing Series.

 

 

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