South Dakota

Explore the Black Hills and Badlands, Sioux Falls, Rapid City, the Missouri River Valley and more. Awe-inspiring vistas, huge stone monuments and thousands of thundering bison make for big adventure.

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Fall Escape to South Dakota's Black Hills
South Dakota delivers a road trip full of outdoor adventures to our fact-checker and her husband.
Top Things to Do in the Black Hills
Badlands, granite spires and pine-covered hills rise from the prairie on the state’s western edge. There, you’ll find trails to explore and pieces of history around the bends of twisting roads.
Sioux Falls Two-Day Getaway
A sculpture-filled downtown, a famous park and nearby outdoor rec funnel visitors to South Dakota’s biggest metro, Sioux Falls.
Top Things to Do in Rapid City
Life-size bronze statues of presidents and a hotel where six presidents slept make sense in a city that’s 23 miles from Mount Rushmore. Attractions that explore natural history, geology and flight round out a stay.
Two-Day Getaway along South Dakota's Interstate-29
The Interstate-29 Cultural Corridor links Sisseton and Vermillion as well as cultures old and new.
Great State Park Stays: South Dakota's Custer State Park
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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Winter Adventure in the Black Hills
In South Dakota's Black Hills, snow paves the way for rugged, secluded experiences.
Top 10 Things to Do with Kids in the Black Hills
With patriotic charm, Old West adventure, sweeping history lessons, stunning scenery, caves and paleontology, and wildlife galore, South Dakota’s Black Hills is one of America’s greatest family destinations. Here are 10 places to spark kids’ imaginations, dole out sneaky history lessons and replace “Are we there yet?” with “Wow!”

20 Things to Do in South Dakota

Mount Rushmore is just the first on a long, diverse list of things to see and do in this state, rich with history and natural beauty.