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South Dakota is an expansive, sparsely populated midwestern U.S. state where rolling prairies give way to the dramatic Black Hills National Forest. Black Hills is home to 2 historical monuments carved right into towering granite peaks: Mt. Rushmore, the iconic depiction of 4 revered U.S. presidents, and Crazy Horse Memorial, a tribute to the storied Native American tribal leader.
Badlands National Park.
Chapel in the Hills.
Crazy Horse Memorial.
Custer State Park.
Mount Rushmore National Memorial.
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The Best Places to Visit in South Dakota
The Best Places to Visit in South Dakota
Welcome to South Dakota!
Whether you are looking for a back-to-nature experience in fascinating surroundings, some great museums and cultural attractions, or a chance to explore America’s Wild West legacy, you will find it all in South Dakota. You can visit Mount Rushmore, you can see the Crazy Horse Memorial, you can also see some amazing rock formations in Badlands National Park, enjoy natural hot springs, or enjoy museums and art galleries in Sioux Falls.
#2.Badlands National Park
#4.Crazy Horse Memorial
#5.Custer State Park
#6.Minuteman Missile National Historic Site
#8.The Corn Palace
#9.Wind Cave National Park
The Black Hills and Badlands of South Dakota: Outdoors and Cultural Attractions
Visit the Black Hills and Badlands region of South Dakota for iconic attractions and adventures at Mt Rushmore, Custer State Park, Badlands National Park and Crazy Horse Memorial
Top 7 Places to Visit in South Dakota
Top 7 Places to Visit in South Dakota
There are so many places to visit in South Dakota that it's hard to narrow it down to just a few! This list comprises our favorites! We could have made it a top 10 but some places we didn't take any video or photos...so yeah, top 7 it is!
Number 7 - The Corn Palace
The Corn Palace is located in the town of Mitchell in the far South East of the state. The corn Palace or The Worlds Only Corn Palace as it deems itself is an arena in downtown Mitchell with outlandish onion shaped domes akin to St. Basil's cathedral in Russia. What makes the corn palace a roadside attraction is well...its corn. The building is decorated each year with thousands of ears, and husks of the stuff, all carefully arranged and nailed into place to create amazing patterns and pictures.
Number 6 - Wall Drug
If you Drive along the interstate 90 in South Dakota prepared to be onslaught with billboards and signs of every shape and size advertising Wall Drug Store. The story goes that wall drug owned by Ted Hustead in the 1930s was struggling to keep business until his wife Dorothy had the bright idea of advertising free ice water to travelers heading west to the Black Hills. Business began to boom and wall drug grew into the most curious collection of stores and shops you've ever seen. It really is more like a mall than anything else. Wall drug has got some great food, donuts, and delicious fudge in it's candy shop. Not to mention lots of photo ops and places for the kids to romp out back...oh and did we mention they still have free ice water!
Number 5 - Crazy Horse Memorial
The Crazy Horse Memorial is a monument under construction in the Black Hills representing the Native American leader Crazy Horse. The memorial is absolutely massive with all of Mt Rushmore being able to fit within a small portion of the top of it. The memorial and its work are overseen by the Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation, a non-profit seeking to educate people, and preserve the heritage and history of the native american peoples. The monument has been under construction since 1948 and is far from being completed, but the museums and film about the memorial make this a worthwhile stop.
Number 4 - Mt Rushmore National Memorial. Perhaps the most iconic attraction of South Dakota and one of the most recognized national memorials in the United States, Mt. Rushmore is an impressive feat of engineering. The monument features the 60 foot likenesses of 4 iconic United States Presidents: Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Thomas Jefferson, and George Washington. It was created between 1927 and 1941. There's no fee to visit the memorial, but you do have to pay to park. The bright side is that your parking fee covers you for a whole year. At night there is a special patriotic program put on by the rangers and they light up the mountain.
Number 3 - Reptile Gardens
Reptile Gardens is a tourist attraction Wild Animal Park housing an amazing collection of reptiles, birds, bugs, and amphibians. The Reptile gardens has an incredible collection of venomous snakes...we saw snakes here we had never seen in any other zoo. They also house Maniac and enormous 16 foot Salt water crocodile from Australia. Make sure to stop in to all the various shows included with your admission, especially the Alligator Show. Also make sure to go pet the giant tortoises.
Number 2 - Badlands National Park. The Badlands are a spectacular natural wonder of the American Plains. Badlands National park protects over 240 thousand acres of buttes, pinnacles, and mixed grass prairie. It was made a national park in the year 1978 and is such a unique place. The Badlands has several places to hike, picnic and learn about the flora, fauna, and ancient history of the area. The land was originally hunting grounds of many Native American tribes. It was originally the Lakota People that gave the area the origins of it's name. Definitely check out the Notch Trail if you plan a trip, and make sure to watch our Adventure 36 video where we hike it!
Number 1 - Custer State Park
Number one on our list is Custer State Park. Custer is massive state park of over 71,000 acres in the Black Hills of the state. It's a refuge for a large variety of wildlife including Pronghorn Antelope, Turkeys, and even a herd of 1500 American Bison. The park has ample opportunities for recreation, including hiking, camping, swimming, or just driving the scenic Needles highway. There are multiple visitors centers in the park and an excellent Junior Naturalist program. There is just so much to do here, especially if you enjoy the outdoors. This is one of our favorite state parks that we have ever visited, be sure to check out our video about it!
Did we miss any of your favorite places to go in this fantastic state? Leave us a comment if you've ever been to any of these places.
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11 Top Tourist Attractions in South Dakota
11 Top Tourist Attractions in South Dakota: Badlands National Park, Crazy Horse Memorial, Custer State Park, Homestake Gold Mine, Mammoth Site, Mount Rushmore National Monument, Pettigrew Home and Museum, Sertoma Butterfly House and Marine Cove, National Music Museum, Spearfish Canyon, Wind Cave National Park
South Dakota Tourist Attractions: 10 Places To Visit
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Best Places to visit in South Dakota:
Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Badlands National Park, Custer State Park, Crazy Horse Memorial, Black Hills National Forest, Reptile Gardens, Adams Museum & House, Corn Palace, Harney Peak, Sioux Falls Park
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Best Things To Do in Rapid City, South Dakota SD
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List of Best Things to do in Rapid City, South Dakota (SD)
Badlands National Park
Prairie Edge Trading Co. & Galleries
Museum of Geology
Chapel in the Hills
South Dakota Air and Space Museum
Bear Country USA
The Journey Museum & Learning Center
Downtown Rapid City
Top 11 Tourist Attractions in Deadwood - Travel South Dakota
Top 11 Tourist Attractions and Beautiful Places in Deadwood - Travel South Dakota:
Adams Museum, Adams House, Mount Moriah Cemetery, Saloon No. 10, Historic Old Town, Broken Boot Gold Mine, Tatanka, Mt Roosevelt Monument, Days of '76 Museum, Deadwood Model Train, Nelson's Garage Car & Motorcycle Museum
Deadwood South Dakota - Lodging & Eats
Deadwood, South Dakota is known for its gold rush history. And is a vacation spot for young and old. The streets are lined with history, fabulous restaurants, hotels & casinos. The Mount Moriah Cemetery has the graves of Wild West figures like Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane (click here see our video). And many real life characters that were featured in the TV series Deadwood. The beauty of the Black Hills is a must see. And within 1 to 2 hours are many sights such as: Mt. Rushmore National Memorial, Devil's Tower National Monument, Badlands National Park, Custer State Park, Wind Caves National Park, Jewel National Monument, Crazy Horse Memorial, Spearfish Canyon, Mammoth Site and more!
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Mount Rushmore National Memorial - FULL VIDEO TOUR (Keystone, SD)
There isn't a while lot to do in South Dakota! Everything is kinda crammed into the bottom west corner, however, once you're in that bottom corner, there is a lot to see and do, including: Mount Rushmore, Wall Drug and Crazy Horse! The car park to the memorial is private, so they charge for this. We found free parking 0.5 miles away and had a nice stroll into the memorial area. There is also a mini loop which takes you closer to the memorial (inside the park). In the evening they run a free light show which is worth checking out!
Mount Rushmore National Memorial is a sculpture carved into the granite face of Mount Rushmore, a granite batholith formation in the Black Hills in Keystone, South Dakota, United States. Sculpted by Danish-American Gutzon Borglum and his son, Lincoln Borglum, Mount Rushmore features 60-foot (18 m) sculptures of the heads of four United States presidents: George Washington (1732–1799), Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826), Theodore Roosevelt (1858–1919), and Abraham Lincoln (1809–1865). The entire memorial covers 1,278.45 acres (2.00 sq mi; 5.17 km2) and is 5,725 feet (1,745 m) above sea level.
South Dakota historian Doane Robinson is credited with conceiving the idea of carving the likenesses of famous people into the Black Hills region of South Dakota in order to promote tourism in the region. Robinson's initial idea was to sculpt the Needles; however, Gutzon Borglum rejected the Needles site because of the poor quality of the granite and strong opposition from Native American groups. They settled on the Mount Rushmore location, which also has the advantage of facing southeast for maximum sun exposure. Robinson wanted it to feature western heroes like Lewis and Clark, Red Cloud, and Buffalo Bill Cody, but Borglum decided the sculpture should have a more national focus and chose the four presidents whose likenesses would be carved into the mountain. After securing federal funding through the enthusiastic sponsorship of Mount Rushmore's great political patron, U.S. Senator Peter Norbeck, construction on the memorial began in 1927, and the presidents' faces were completed between 1934 and 1939. Upon Gutzon Borglum's death in March 1941, his son Lincoln Borglum took over construction. Although the initial concept called for each president to be depicted from head to waist, lack of funding forced construction to end in late October 1941.
Mount Rushmore has become an iconic symbol of the United States, and has appeared in works of fiction, and has been discussed or depicted in other popular works. It attracts over two million people annually.
Video Title: Mount Rushmore National Memorial - FULL VIDEO TOUR (Keystone, SD)
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