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Bend a rod

South Dakota's Lake Oahe is one of the best lakes in North America for walleye. From south of Bismarck, the lake (actually a dammed stretch of the Missouri River) flows south for 231 miles to Pierre for a total of 2,250 miles of shore and hundreds of fish-harboring coves.

 

Spirit Mound

A storm rolls in to Spirit Mound in Vermilion, South Dakota.

Prairie flowers

Prairie flowers brighten the South Dakota plains.

Badlands beauty

Stepping off the beaten path in the South Dakota Badlands earns the adventurous hiker an intimate brush with this land of fierce, alien beauty.

Mount Rushmore

Each year, nearly 3 million people visit Mount Rushmore in South Dakota's Black Hills. The granite sculpture features the faces of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln.

Buffalo roundup

At Custer State Park's annual Buffalo Roundup in late September, the herd of 1,300 cascades over the hills toward corrals. 

Falls Park, Sioux Falls

A nightly light show illuminates Sioux Falls' Falls Park each evening from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Snowmobiling the canyon

With an average of 200 inches of snow a year, Spearfish Canyon and the Black Hills National Forest are two of the nation's top snowmobiling destinations. More than 350 miles of groomed trails and much of the forest is open to off-road snowmobiling.

Mitchell Corn Palace

Mitchell, South Dakota, is home to the world's only Corn Palace. Each year, new murals are created on the structure's exterior to celebrate the state's agricultural heritage.

Beautiful butterflies

More than 80 types of butterflies live at the Sertoma Butterfly House in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

 

Palisades State Park

Kayak down Split Rock Creek or hike alongside to admire the Sioux quartzite formations bordering the water.

Sully sunflowers

Sunflowers grow as far as you can see in Sully, South Dakota. The state is one of the nation's top sunflower producers. 

South Dakota moonscape

The moon glows pale yellow against the blue-black sky and the jagged landscape of South Dakota's Badlands.

On the range

More than 2,000 bison roam the Triple U Buffalo Ranch northwest of Fort Pierre, South Dakota.

 

South Dakota fields

A rainbow arcs across South Dakota fields.

South Dakota State Capitol

Completed in 1910, South Dakota's neoclassical state Capitol is in Pierre. 

Deadwood

An old mining town in the Black Hills, the entire town of Deadwood is a National Historic Landmark. Old West-theme attractions include shows, museums, and tours of the town and surrounding areas. The Bullock Hotel, opened in 1896, still welcomes guests.

 

Prairie grasses

Prairie grasses are silhouetted against the sun bouncing off South Dakota's Lake Oahe.

Bend a rod

South Dakota's Lake Oahe is one of the best lakes in North America for walleye. From south of Bismarck, the lake (actually a dammed stretch of the Missouri River) flows south for 231 miles to Pierre for a total of 2,250 miles of shore and hundreds of fish-harboring coves.

 

Custer State Park wildlife

A young pronghorn antelope wanders through the grass at South Dakota's Custer State Park, also home to bison, deer, bighorn sheep, elk, burros and mountain goats.

 

Cowboy country

Triangle Ranch Bed and Breakfast in Philip, South Dakota, welcomes overnight guests but is also still a working ranch.

Fall color in Spearfish Canyon

Gold and green cover the dramatic cliffs of South Dakota's Spearfish Canyon.

 

Terry Peak skiing

Terry Peak, in the Black Hills just outside Lead, is the third-highest point east of the Rockies. Skiers and snowboarders of all levels enjoy multiple runs and a sizeable Terrain Park that includes a half-pipe.

Winter in Spearfish Canyon

Snow covers the rugged scenery in South Dakota's Little Spearfish Canyon.

 

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