A travel guide to South Dakota, United States of America providing South Dakota tourism and travel information.
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South Dakota travel offers a perfect balance of tranquil relaxing landscapes, exciting outdoor adventures and enlightening historical education. The Black Hills region, famous for its colorful gold deposits, is considered one of the planet’s treasures and features striking rock formations and deep caverns. Custer State Park is home to thousands of native bison and provides countless miles of scenic hiking trails. Don’t miss iconic Mount Rushmore, where giant stone portraits of four former U.S. presidents greet tourists from the side of an enormous mountain. The eastern part of the state is crisscrossed by three major rivers and is dotted with a number of lakes, providing a paradise for hunters, fishermen, skiers and water sports fans. Sioux Falls is the largest and most populous city in South Dakota, with countless state parks and recreation tourism options focused on the famous falls.

The Heartland region of South Dakota is dominated by the mighty Missouri River, which attracts fishermen and others seeking camping, swimming, boating, hiking or wildlife photography in the several state wilderness recreation areas. The state’s capital city, Pierre, sits alongside the Missouri River and provides an incredible selection of history and entertainment options. The State Capitol Complex and grounds feature a number of historical monuments and memorials, and several guest ranches and hunting lodges in the surrounding area give visitors an opportunity to experience authentic accommodation. In nearby Fort Pierre, don’t miss Triple U Buffalo Ranch, used as the location for the Oscar-winning film Dances With Wolves

The cosmopolitan city of Sioux Falls was founded at the site of the enchanting waterfalls of the Big Sioux River, and beckons visitors with interesting museums, an eclectic art scene and several unique galleries, a number of championship golf courses, plus unlimited outdoor recreation in the areas outside of town. Countless lakes and miles of wide open grassy prairie provide a dramatic backdrop the unbelievable number of adventure activities offered here. For family fun, a trip to Wild West Waterpark is in order, and learn all about Sioux Falls history and pioneer heritage at Spirit of the West Festival, Siouxland Renaissance Festival, Sioux Falls JazzFest, and the world-famous Sidewalk Arts Festival.

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