South Dakota Travel Guide

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Badlands National Park

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150,429,0

Deadwood

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81,169,19

Mount Rushmore National Memorial

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113,340,0

Rapid City

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89,156,45

Custer State Park

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41,101,0

Hill City

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27,22,10

Sioux Falls

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44,124,43

Wall

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23,58,12

Mitchell

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27,76,13

Keystone

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24,55,16

Kadoka

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29,45,5

Custer

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51,133,18

Wind Cave National Park

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44,73,0

De Smet

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15,19,2

Aberdeen

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18,72,16

Chamberlain

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6,3,6

Watertown

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8,12,10

Hot Springs

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5,17,9

Jolly Dump

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Redfield

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4,8,1

Spearfish

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9,19,11

Faulkton

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17,50,1

Pierre

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12,53,13

Sturgis

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14,47,6

Big Stone City

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2,5,0

Fort Thompson

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1,2,0

Freeman

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3,9,3

Garretson

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0,3,0

Roslyn

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1,3,0

Badlands National Park

  • Roberts Prairie Dog Town

    Badlands National Park Things to Do

    this was by far the best part of the visit to the Badlands for me. We only spent about half a day in the park .. likely we would have seen more if we spent more time. The Prairie dogs were so cute .. they would come out of their holes and had the cutest sounds .. kind of a bark. I saw pics of people petting them .. we didn't do that.

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  • Roberts Prairie Dog Town

    Badlands National Park Things to Do

    this was by far the best part of the visit to the Badlands for me. We only spent about half a day in the park .. likely we would have seen more if we spent more time. The Prairie dogs were so cute .. they would come out of their holes and had the cutest sounds .. kind of a bark. I saw pics of people petting them .. we didn't do that.

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  • It was ok

    Badlands National Park Things to Do

    sorry if this offends .. but we thought the badlands were just ok. If we lived nearby we would certainly check this out thoroughly and it certainly more impressive than anything in Ohio where i'm from. This was our first time west and we did a lot .. started in Utah .. went to Montana, Wyoming Idaho and came to South Dakota to see Devils tower...

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Deadwood

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  • Mt. Moriah Cemetery

    Deadwood Things to Do

    Nicknamed Boot Hill, Mt Moria is one of the more popular attractions in Deadwood. Many people enjoy bus tours of this cemetery, but if you would like to see more of it, for a small entrance fee of $2.00, you can pick up a guide for a walking tour of the Mt. Moriah Cemetery at the visitors center. Many of the famous early people of Deadwood have...

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  • Celebrity Hotel

    Deadwood Hotels

    We stayed here for 2 nights while in South Dakota. The Celebrity Hotel is centrally located on Main...

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  • Legends Steakhouse

    Deadwood Restaurants

    The Legends Steakhouse is a favorite of ours, with its elegant dining room, outstanding food, and prices that are quite reasonable for the quality and offerings, I would definitely eat here next time we are in the area. Located within the Silverado Franklin Hotel, you will enjoy your dinner in one of Deadwood‘s historic buildings. The...

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Mount Rushmore National Memorial

Rapid City

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  • Bear Country USA

    Rapid City Things to Do

    One of the things I really wanted to do on this trip was see a Grizzly went to Canada, Glacier, Yellow Stone ... all without a Grizzly sighting but there were several at this park. Unfortunately the heat wave made them look hot and miserable. The babies were fun to watch and the highlight of the visit.

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  • 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...

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  • Love bears

    Rapid City Things to Do

    One of the things I really wanted to do on this trip was see a Grizzly went to Canada, Glacier, Yellow Stone ... all without a Grizzly sighting but there were several at this park. Unfortunately the heat wave made them look hot and miserable. The babies were fun to watch and the highlight of the visit.

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Custer State Park

  • Abundant Wildlife

    Custer State Park Things to Do

    There is abundant wildlife in the park including bison, mountain goats, deer, mountain lions, bobcats, coyotes, elk and many others. Pictured here are some Wild Burros, Bison, Mountain Goats, Pronghorn Antelope and a Chipmunk.

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  • Watch for wildlife, watch for those...

    Custer State Park Warnings and Dangers

    Twice we came around a corner to find traffic at a dead stop because one form of wildlife or another was spotted along the road. Don't simply try to blow quickly through the park - take it slow so that you don't collide with your fellow park visitors.

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  • 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...

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Hill City

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  • Hic

    Hill City Shopping

    You get to try 3 different kinds of wine per person who goes in for free. If you get 6 bottles, there is a discount. We enjoyed tasting the wines and they were quite good. I did manage to get at least 6 bottles... not saying how many more than 6 bottles.

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  • Best Western Golden Spike Inn & Suites

    Hill City Hotels

    This hotel had a terrific pool area & workout room. We would recommend this hotel if you are in the...

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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...

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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...

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  • Super 8 Sioux Falls 41St St

    Sioux Falls Hotels

    $86 as of August 2013. This Super 8 had no extras like a small refrigerator or microwave; however...

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  • 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...

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Wall

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  • 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

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  • Best Western Plains Motel

    Wall Hotels

    712 Glenn St., PO Box 393, Wall, South Dakota, 57790, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • 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...

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Mitchell

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  • CLOSED Enchanted World Doll Museum

    Mitchell Things to Do

    If you're into dolls, this would be a great place to visit. (they have star wars too) June through September: Daily: 8am - 8pm March - May and October -November: Monday - Friday: 9am to 5pm Winter months: By appointment only More info later...

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  • Hampton Inn Mitchell

    Mitchell Hotels

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

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • 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...

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Keystone

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  • 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...

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  • K Bar S Lodge

    Keystone Hotels

    434 Old Hill City Road, Keystone, South Dakota, 57751, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • 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...

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Kadoka

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  • Depot Museum

    Kadoka Things to Do

    This is a picture of the interesting Depot Museum, which is in the former train station. A 2nd photo of the main back room can be seen by clicking on the link under the photo. The museum can either be seen in 5 minutes or the full 2 hours that it is open each day, depending if one wants to see all the exhibits. There are exhibits on the service...

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  • Budget Host Sundowner Motor Inn Kadoka

    Kadoka Hotels

    510 Sd Hwy 73, Kadoka, SD, 57543

    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Business

  • Kadoka School

    Kadoka Things to Do

    This is the Kadoka School located at the end of the downtown area. Jackson County used to have dozens of schools but now has only 4 (or is it 5)? The school graduates between 15 and 30 high school graduates a year. It is the only school with high school grades in the entire county. There are newer additions to the school that are to the right of...

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Custer

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  • Custer State Park

    Custer Things to Do

    We were sorta passing through the area .. and found this by chance .. we drove around for awhile .. it was super hot and we didn't have a lot of time but the scenery and wildlife were great. I wish we had more time to spend and it hadn't been a heat wave so the wild life would have been less miserable.

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  • Holiday Inn Express Custer

    Custer Hotels

    $219 (209 with discount) as of June 2015. There is a certain level of luxury and amenities you...

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  • happy accident

    Custer Things to Do

    We were sorta passing through the area .. and found this by chance .. we drove around for awhile .. it was super hot and we didn't have a lot of time but the scenery and wildlife were great. I wish we had more time to spend and it hadn't been a heat wave so the wild life would have been less miserable.

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Wind Cave National Park

De Smet

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  • Depot Museum / Harvey Dunn School

    De Smet Things to Do

    Residing in the old train station depot, the town's only free museum is well worth the visit. Personally I thought the prices to visit the other Laura Ingalls Wilder sites was borderline extortion, but this little gem is free. The only problem is the limited time it is open - summer only: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Mon. - Sat.) in the months of June,...

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  • Super 8 De Smet

    De Smet Hotels

    288 HIGHWAY 14 EAST, De Smet, SD 57231

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Solo

  • Open Praries

    De Smet General

    South Dakota was the first real dose of open roads and expansive horizons. At times, we lost count of how many horizons we traversed without a turn, only to dodge a small pond or unyielding farm and start the count over again. It took hours to get to De Smet, then a couple more to the next destinations, but the landscapes were beautiful in their...

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Aberdeen

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  • nighttime

    Aberdeen Nightlife

    all the night clubs in aberdeen are absalutley filthy,they need a proper clean and i would not advise anyone to go there.if you go there you are mad and i think that it should be shut down and also i think that night clubs should,nt even exist at all .please agree with me because i would,nt like you to go there without people giving you a...

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  • Hampton Inn & Suites Aberdeen

    Aberdeen Hotels

    3216 7th Ave. S.E, Aberdeen, South Dakota, 57401, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • nighttime

    Aberdeen Nightlife

    all the night clubs in aberdeen are absalutley filthy,they need a proper clean and i would not advise anyone to go there.if you go there you are mad and i think that it should be shut down and also i think that night clubs should,nt even exist at all .please agree with me because i would,nt like you to go there without people giving you a...

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Top South Dakota Hotels

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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...