South Dakota

Tucked into the heart of the U.S.A., the ‘Mount Rushmore State’ offers untouched nature in abundance, vast stretches of prairies and early pioneer towns.

Mainly rural, South Dakota has two main cities. Sioux Falls, the largest in the region, boasts its namesake waterfall and Rapid City offers easy access to Mount Rushmore and is known as the gateway to the Black Hills where mountains, caves, forests, and lakes are waiting to be explored.

Black Hills of South Dakota

The Black Hills are the highest mountains east of the Rockies, the most famous of which is Mt. Rushmore where presidents Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt, were carved in granite by Gutzon Borgium. This spectacular sight is still as popular today drawing visitors from across the globe. Near the figure of Custer, a memorial to Crazy Horse is now also being carved and is thought to be the world’s largest mountain sculpture currently in progress. It is being created in honour of the North American Indian and will stand an amazing 563 foot high and 641 foot long.

Places of interest

Other attractions of the area which should not be missed are the Badlands; the world’s only Corn Palace in Mitchell and the city of Deadwood where Wild Bill Hickok was killed in 1876. Deadwood still reflects the life of a bygone era offering an intriguing blend of old meets new. The Wonders of Wyoming Fly Drive is a great way to explore this region of America.

South Dakota Destinations

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