South Dakota Top 10 Attractions

Home to some of the best national parks in the country, South Dakota offers visitors the chance to explore all types of attractions including natural, wildlife, caves, museums and art galleries. If you are currently planning your next vacation in this beautiful state, check out these top 10 must-see attractions in South Dakota.

1: Mount Rushmore National Memorial

Mount Rushmore National Memorial

Mount Rushmore is a sculpture of the heads of four former United States presidents: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln carved into granite on the southeast side of Mount Rushmore. Nearly three million people visit Mount Rushmore each year. Learn the story about the nation's first inhabitants and learn to appreciate the diverse and rich heritage of America. Check out the Borglum Visitor Center to a view a 14-minute film describing how the monument was built. Walk the Presidential Trail to get up close and personal to the monument. Take lots of pictures and make tons of memories right here where American history began.

Address: 13000 S Dakota 244, Keystone, SD 57751
Website: www.nps.gov

2: Crazy Horse Memorial

Crazy Horse Memorial
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Located in the Black Hills of South Dakota, Crazy Horse Memorial is the world's largest mountain carving. The dedication of the face started in 1998 and since then it has become one of the most visited tourist attractions in South Dakota. While you are here visit the Native American Educational and Cultural Museum to learn more about the country's beginnings.

Address: Black Hills National Forest, 12151 Ave of the Chiefs, Crazy Horse, SD 57730

3: Mitchell Corn Palace

Mitchell Corn Palace

The Corn Palace is the pride and joy of Mitchell South Dakota. Dubbed “The World’s Only Corn Palace” – this unique tourist attraction has become the headquarters of everyone’s favorite grain plant. The Corn Palace originally opened back in 1892 to showcase South Dakota’s healthy agricultural climate. Today, it attracts roughly 500,000 tourists per year for its corn murals. The murals are redecorated every year to match a chosen theme. Each mural is made with colored corn, grains, and other natural elements. Just don’t forget to bring the butter and salt.

Address: 612 N Main St, Mitchell, SD 57301

4: Black Hills National Forest

Black Hills National Forest

Covering a massive area of 125 miles long and 65 miles wide, Black Hills National Forest is where you will enjoy a breathtaking view of rugged rock formations, canyons, grassland parks, streams and clear, blue lakes. The forest has specialized campgrounds, which provides tourists with recreational opportunities. Go camping, fishing, hiking, horseback riding and indulge the nature lover in you.

Address: 1019 N 5th St, Custer, SD 57730
Website: www.fs.usda.gov

5: Badlands National Park

Badlands National Park

If fossils have always fascinated you, you will enjoy exploring the striking geologic deposits that contain one of the world's richest fossil beds. While you are here you can stay at the Cedar Pass Lodge or put up your tent and have a fantastic camping adventure at their two campsites namely Cedar Pass Campground and Sage Creek Primitive Ground.

Address: 25216 Ben Reifel Road Interior, SD 57750
Website: www.nps.gov

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