South Dakota Travel Guide

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South Dakota Highlights

  • Pro
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    Florida999 says…

     South Dakota has some unique destinations 

  • Con
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    Yaqui says…

     Crowded during summer months, so be prepared. 

  • In a nutshell
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     Siuox City on one end, Rapid City on the other and a whole lotta grass inbetween! 

Map of South Dakota

Mount Rushmore National Memorial


Badlands National Park




Rapid City


Sioux Falls








Custer State Park




Hill City


Wind Cave National Park


De Smet










Hot Springs










Eagle Butte


Fort Sisseton State Park




Jewel Cave National Monument






Big Stone City


Buffalo Gap






Fort Thompson














Wessington Springs


Mount Rushmore National Memorial

Badlands National Park

  • Bad Road

    Badlands National Park Warnings and Dangers

    If you're planning to enter the park through Red Shirt, going through the Stronghold section, make sure you have a 4 wheel drive. The road is really bad, and even impassible when wet. It's marked as 2, on the map. The road isn't even dirt, it's gravel. Not the sort of place you should take a compact car, like a Toyota Corolla. The road is only 20...

  • Very, Very, Windy!

    Badlands National Park Warnings and Dangers

    I swear, this is the windiest place I've ever been. It took us an hour to set up our campsite, because the wind kept blowing our stuff away. We would be laying in our tent, and suddenly it would cave in on us. We mad the mistake of picking a campsite that was really exposed. We later went to the Pinnacles Overlook, and fossil beds, and there was a...

  • Minuteman Missile National Historic Site

    Badlands National Park Off The Beaten Path

    This area of South Dakota had a significant involvement during the Cold War with the establishment of several launch control facilities of U.S. Minuteman Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles. Be sure to stop by the visitor center off I-90, Exit 131, south on SD State Road 240 to learn all about this history. This is located right outside of Badlands...



See all 72 Deadwood Tips
  • A Sports Bar and Grill

    Deadwood Restaurants

    Diamond Lil's is another restaurant located in the Midnight Star. We had a very good, reasonably priced lunch here. I ordered a Chicken Chimichonga, which was the special of the day, and it was quite good. This is a sports bar and grill, tastefully decorated, with various TVs spaced throughout the bar and restaurant. This is a good place to order a...

  • The Lodge at Deadwood

    Deadwood Hotels

    100 Pine Crest Lane, Box 320, Deadwood, South Dakota, 57732, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 3.5 out of 5 stars

  • A Chinese Restaurant

    Deadwood Restaurants

    This restaurant was recommended to us if we liked Chinese food. We found this to be an average quality Chinese Restaurant with reasonable prices. If you are going to be in town for a number of days and would like an inexpensive meal you might try this. However, this would not be my first choice, as I have had better Chinese food. My neighbors in...


Rapid City

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  • A dozen sandwich delights.

    Rapid City Restaurants

    Not being from Chicago, I was intrigued by the name "Taste Of Chicago." Seeing the grand opening sign was just the invite I needed to bust on in.Walking up to the entrance I see a Hot Dog or Sausage applying Ketchup to his head and a cone of fries holding a sign. Whimsical. But the food inside was substantial! I am ahead of myself.A dozen sandwich...

  • Radisson Hotel Rapid City Mount Rushmore

    Rapid City Hotels

    The Radisson Hotel Rapid City is located in the city's historic downtown, an easy walk to the main...

  • Paneer Kahai?

    Rapid City Restaurants

    Paneer (puh-neer), a fresh cheese of Indian origin, is an unaged, non-melting farmer cheese that is lacto-vegetarian and an Indian protein source for vegetarians. A Kadai is a deep cooking pot similar to a oriental wok. Traditionally made of cast iron, they are now made from stainless steel, copper, and are even non-stick coated. Newer models are...


Sioux Falls

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  • Sertoma Butterfly House & Purdy Marine...

    Sioux Falls Things to Do

    As a kid, I remember often visiting the Sertoma Butterfly House, which is very close to the Outdoor Campus, where on weekends we went to the outdoors programs for kids. Recently they added on the Purdy Marine Cove as well, so there is even more to do there. The price did go up a little with the addition of the marine cove, but it's a fun way to...

  • SpringHill Suites Sioux Falls

    Sioux Falls Hotels

    Stayed here 3 nights toward the end of September, 2010 on business. It is very convenient to...

  • Falls Park

    Sioux Falls Things to Do

    Pretty much anyone who lives in Sioux Falls or the surrounding area has visited Park Falls. Sioux Falls was named for these waterfalls, and this is a really nice park, especially on a sunny day. Obviously, since it's a park it's free to visit, and there are a few other things there besides the falls to see--some statues and the ruins of an Old...



See all 45 Custer Tips
  • Maybe for Sandwiches

    Custer Restaurants

    Western themed pub & grill on Main Street in downtown Custer. Service was good, restaurant was clean. Taco salad was acceptable. I ordered an appetizer "Bucket o' Bones" lb. of ribs for $7.99. There were 4 huge ribs with meat & fat falling off. It was incredibly fatty & greasy. Funny, management is Russian. Later, we heard from townspeople that...

  • Comfort Inn & Suites

    Custer Hotels

    We used this Comfort Inn as our hub for a three night visit in the Mount Rushmore area. There are...

  • Crazy Horse to/from Mount Rushmore

    Custer Transportation

    Crazy Horse is located on Highway 16. From Crazy Horse, travel North on Highway 16 until you get to 244. If turn right onto 244, you'll be taken to Mount Rushmore! That's not too hard. From Mount Rushmore, just travel on 244 until you come across Highway 16. Travel South on Highway 16 to get to Crazy Horse!



See all 23 Keystone Tips
  • President's Alpine Slide

    Keystone Things to Do

    We had to do this one twice. The first time we road the chairlift to the top. Ate buffalo burgers at the top in view of Mount Rushmore. (They only take cash for the food and the burgers were small for the amount asked.) Then road the slide down. Fun!!!! One side is the slow lane. The other side is the fast lane. I took the fast...

  • Battle Creek Lodge

    Keystone Hotels

    404 Reed Street, Keystone, South Dakota, 57751, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

  • Gold Rush

    Keystone Things to Do

    The Big Thunder Gold Mine is also in Keystone and is interesting if you have time to take the tour. I would suggest taking a sweatshirt or sweater because the mine is around 50 degrees. The tour guides are informative and point out many interesting features of the mine and discuss how history has affected the mine. They also are very knowledgeable...



See all 27 Mitchell Tips
  • Mitchell's Corn Palace

    Mitchell Things to Do

    Mitchell's Corn Palace is a unique building that holds artwork made of strictly corn! These murals are all over the walls of the Corn Palace, both inside and outside. The corn art ranges from simple images to complex works of art. Hours of work are put into making each of these corn images, and they make new ones each year! Originally established...

  • Hampton Inn Mitchell

    Mitchell Hotels

    1920 Highland Way, Mitchell, South Dakota, 57301, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • Mitchell Corn Palace

    Mitchell Things to Do

    We were driving from Sioux Falls west to the Rapid City when lo and behold, the advertising invites us in to see the Mitchell Corn Palace. A building dedicated to corn.Sure enough the building is covered in dried corn -- picturesque murals made totally of ear corn - inside and out of the Palace. South Dakota is a bread basket -- rows and rows of...


Custer State Park

  • Custer Wildlife Loop

    Custer State Park Off The Beaten Path

    Do not miss driving the Wildlife Loop at Custer State Park! As a native of South Dakota, I've spent plenty of time in the beautiful Black Hills area, and this is by far the best place to see wildlife there. Everyone does the Needles Highway drive, but many people miss the treasure that is the Wildlife Loop Scenic Byway (because of this, there are...

  • Rhubarb Pie With Ice Cream!

    Custer State Park Restaurants

    I really really wish I had taken a picture of this place. It's a two story framed restaurant with a bright purple and brown front. This crazy place is the Purple Pie Place. I had heard about this place before and had to try it for desert even though they serve much more than pie.This is really a fun place. The waitresses and waiters really enjoy...

  • Needles Highway

    Custer State Park Things to Do

    Another scenic loop through Custer State Park is Needles Highway. It is named Needles Highway after the granite like needles in the rock that you view from the road. The highway commences at the intersection of US Highway 16A and US 16. Travel is on US 16.In the fourteen miles it runs, it goes through three tunnels and winds among some interesting...



See all 23 Wall Tips
  • Badlands National Park

    Wall Things to Do

    The 'badlands'! They claim that until these badlands became known around the world, there was no consistent name for this type of landscape. Now, there are badlands in North Dakota and Alberta (Canada), as well as Turkey.Go to my Badlands National Park%l page

  • Ann's Motel

    Wall Hotels

    There are a number of chain motels in Wall; I also stayed at the Super 8 the first night, which was...

  • Minuteman Missle National Historic Park

    Wall Things to Do

    The ICBM program was one of three programs to counter a Soviet threat during the Cold War Years of (1946-1995). All three programs continue, but the START Treaty of 1995 (?) called for the elimination of many delivery vehicles. As a part of the treaty, each nation was allows to keep one launch facility and one command facility for historic...


Hill City

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  • Hold on to your wallet

    Hill City Shopping

    This is a Christmas shop and fabric store. The fabric side is for quilters. They have this thing about going to places and getting designs from different places for quilts. It is a society that I skirt around, so I understand it, but don't have the time for it. :) The main part of the store is Christmas collectibles and ornaments. They are of a...

  • Coyote Blues Village B&B

    Hill City Hotels

    23165 Horseman's Ranch Road, PO Box 966, Hill City, South Dakota, 57745, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • Devil's Tower

    Hill City Things to Do

    A little more of a hike, in Wyoming is Devil's Tower National Monument. This is a very cool landmark that you can start to see from miles away. The park has a few hiking trails, including one that circles the tower. Take the time to walk this trail and see the Tower from all sides. Definitely worth the time (about two hours) it takes to travel over...


Wind Cave National Park

  • Sanctuary Trail

    Wind Cave National Park Sports & Outdoors

    The last trail I will mention is the Sanctuary Trail. This is a moderately strenuous trail that is 3.5 miles one way. Look for signs of early homesteaders as you walk this trail. Good walking shoes, water, sunscreen, a hat, insect repellant, a snack, weather appropriate clothing, don't forget your camera!

  • Lookout Point Trail

    Wind Cave National Park Sports & Outdoors

    This trail leads up to the lookout tower. It starts out easy enough but gets more difficult. Good walking shoes, water, sunscreen, a hat, insect repellant, a snack, weather appropriate clothing, don't forget your camera!

  • Elk Mountain Trail

    Wind Cave National Park Sports & Outdoors

    This is a moderately strenuous trail that circles the campground. It is also about the best place in the park to see Elk, although they are still frequently a no show like they were this trip. Good walking shoes, water, sunscreen, a hat, insect repellant, a snack, weather appropriate clothing, don't forget your camera!


De Smet

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  • Inglalls Homestead

    De Smet Things to Do

    This is a serious of replica building to what was there or what could have been in the area. The house and barn of Laura Inglalls Wilder, have been rebuilt on the site. There are many hands on activities to participate in. Then they have brought in a school house, church and dug a house in the side of a hill to replicate what was in the area. It is...

  • Super 8 De Smet

    De Smet Hotels

    288 HIGHWAY 14 EAST, De Smet, SD 57231

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Solo

  • Last store from Laura Ingalls' Time

    De Smet Shopping

    This store is worth a look since it is in the original location of the Loftus Store that was written about in Laura Ingalls Wilder's books. They have the typical tourist items in the front of the store such as the book series and t-shirts. Apparently, ladies from the Red Hat Society must go to De Smet often because the store carries a huge amount...



See all 13 Sturgis Tips
  • Great Korean Food

    Sturgis Restaurants

    The decor was nothing special; but the place seemed clean enough. The restaurant was located in a strip mall. The food was prepared fresh and was well presented. The Pork Bulgogi was spiced well too, and the side dishes were good with decent portions. Pork Bulgogi

  • Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites

    Sturgis Hotels

    2721 Lazelle, Sturgis, South Dakota, 57785, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

  • Best New Bar in Sturgis

    Sturgis Nightlife

    While you are in Sturgis, don't miss the newest bar in town, Temporary Insanity. It is right on Main Street where all the best restaurants and shops are. They play good music, pour good drinks and it is partly owned by the very attractive, Keri. They also serve basic bar food like sandwiches and hamburgers. Pretty women, alcohol, and good music,...



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Although Sioux Falls may be the most well-known, South Dakota hotels are welcoming in just about every city from Buffalo to Elk Point. You can visit Mount Rushmore in Keystone, dig for dinosaur...