Top 10 South Dakota Attractions


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South Dakota is home to a number of fantastic places to visit. If you are currently planning your next vacation, check out some of the top ten attractions in this beautiful state.

Mount RushmoreMount Rushmore

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1: Mount Rushmore

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.

Website:

www.nps.gov/moru
Crazy Horse MemorialCrazy Horse Memorial
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2: Crazy Horse Memorial

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.

Website:

www.crazyhorsememorial.org
Mitchell Corn PalaceMitchell Corn Palace
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3: Mitchell Corn Palace

The Corn Palace is a place for locals to gather to watch cultural shows and to hold sports events. It is open year-round for tourists to visit absolutely for free. See the Corn Palace come to life as it is decorated with corn, grain and grass. Take photographs with the entire family in this truly unique American icon.

Website:

www.cornpalace.org
Black Hills National ForestBlack Hills National Forest

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4: 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.

Website:

www.fs.usda.gov/blackhills
Badlands National ParkBadlands National Park
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5: 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.

Website:

www.nps.gov/badl
The Mammoth Site of Hot SpringsThe Mammoth Site of Hot Springs
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6: The Mammoth Site of Hot Springs

Known as the world's largest mammoth research facility, the Mammoth Site lets you take a step back into the Ice Age when mammoths, camels and giant bears roamed the plains of North America. Explore the museum and have the most unique experience as you view Ice Age fossils as they were unearthed.

Website:

www.mammothsite.com
Wind Cave National ParkWind Cave National Park
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7: Wind Cave National Park

Explore the world's longest cave and one of the country's remaining intact prairies. Here you will find gorgeous swaying prairie grasses and a wide array of exotic wildlife such as prairie dogs, bison and elk. Book a cave tour for the entire family, enjoy some guided walking tours, hike through 30 miles of safe and beautiful hiking trails and camp at the Elk Mountain Campground.

Website:

www.nps.gov/wica
Wall DrugWall Drug
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8: Wall Drug

Hailed as America's favorite roadside attraction, this 76,000 square foot park offers you a one-of-a-kind experience. Enjoy the Backyard with its Branding Iron Arcade, have fun with the animated T-Rex and experience panning and mining for fossils and gemstones. Hang out by the picnic area and take photo opportunities with Wall Drug's fun picture-taking props.

Website:

www.walldrug.com
Sioux Falls ParkSioux Falls Park

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9: Sioux Falls Park

The Big Sioux River has been the center of life in the region through many years. Since the founding of South Dakota in 1856, it has been the center of recreation and industry. While you are here you can explore the Queen Bee Mill, which is a seven-story mill that lies to the east of the river. The Light and Power Company, which was built in 1908 is now the Falls Overlook Café where you can enjoy some delicious refreshments while taking a break from touring the park. The Big Sioux River and Recreational Greenway is a 19.3-mile trail where you can jog, bike or rollerblade along the river.

Website:

www.visitsiouxfalls.com
Spearfish CanyonSpearfish Canyon

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10: Spearfish Canyon

According to scientists, Spearfish Canyon was formed 30 to 60 million years ago. Today it is one of the most loved tourist spots in South Dakota where you will enjoy viewing Ponderosa and Spruce Pine Trees. Have an adventure-filled tour of the Canyon and explore Pahasapa Limestone and Englewood Limestone. While you are here you will also get to encounter exotic wildlife like Whitetail, Mule Deer, Mountain Goats and if you are lucky, you just might chance upon a Bobcat or two.

Website:

www.spearfish.com/canyon





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