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.
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.
Naming something the “National Music Museum” is sure to bring lofty expectations. Fortunately, this musical instrument museum lives up to the hype. The National Music Museum was founded in 1973 on the campus of the University of South Dakota in Vermillion. It houses a collection of over 15,000 musical instruments from various time periods and cultures from all over the world. The extensive collection spans over 500 years and includes American, European, and Eastern instruments of historical significance. This is a must-see destination for any music lover. There aren’t many places where you can find Elvis’s guitar, ancient Italian violins, and didgeridoos under the same roof. But that’s what you’ll find at this landmark museum.
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.
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.