South Dakota Top 10 Attractions

6: Mammoth Site of Hot Springs

Mammoth Site of Hot Springs
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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.

Address: 1800 US-18 BYP, Hot Springs, SD 57747

7: Wind Cave National Park

Wind Cave National Park
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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.

Address: 26611 US-385, Hot Springs, SD 57747

8: Wall Drug Store

Wall Drug Store
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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.

Address: 510 Main St Wall, SD 57790

9: Sioux Falls Park

Sioux Falls Park
Photo Courtesy: Flickr/Don Graham

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 Cafe 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.

Address: 131 E Falls Park Dr, Sioux Falls, SD 57103

10: Spearfish Canyon

Spearfish Canyon
Photo Courtesy: Flickr/Jordan Wilms

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.

Address: Spearfish, SD

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