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Rapid City and the Badlands (75 miles apart on Interstate-90) combine for a great list of must-do stops.
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Along with epic scenery and plenty of family activities, Custer State Park in the Black Hills offers a resort setup with four places to stay.
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The February morning in South Dakota’s Black Hills dawned clear and cold. I had two options for the day: Peer into a hole on Pactola Lake alongside some buddies on...

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From the carvings on Mount Rushmore to the surreal Badlands and the jagged peaks of Custer State Park, this South Dakota area is rich with history and natural beauty.
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Walk in the footsteps of "Little House on the Prairie" author Laura Ingalls Wilder in De Smet (population: 1,200; 56 miles southwest of Watertown). Things to do in De Smet include visiting...
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Western South Dakota's squiggly, wiggly roads offer scenic drive paradise.
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The Black Hills’ rugged granite formations, clear streams and labyrinthine caves possess a captivating beauty. Days quickly fill with hiking, fishing, exploring Native American history and tracking...
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A sculpture-filled downtown, a famous park and nearby outdoor rec funnel visitors to South Dakota’s biggest metro, Sioux Falls.
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An historic downtown, picturesque parks and zoo fill the town best known for its famous resident, artist Terry Redlin. Things to do in Watertown include visiting the Goss Opera House and Gallery, the...

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