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South Dakota is bursting with character. Known as ‘The Mount Rushmore State’, it’s home to iconic landmarks and immense national parks brimming with unspoilt, rugged beauty. From the staggering mountain peaks in the Black Hills, to the wild, all-encompassing prairieland of the Great Plains, South Dakota is steeped in Native American history, telling a story of resilience and survival. Whether you’re looking for some ‘time out’ in a tranquil natural setting, or you want to soak up some culture in the charming towns and cities, a holiday in South Dakota is bound to be remarkable.

From jagged mountains and gentle meadows, to gushing waterfalls and dense, green forests, South Dakota boasts a surprisingly diverse landscape. Towards the Black Hills region, there’s endless scenic countryside to explore. You can hike or horse-back ride through the spectacular Custer State Park, or marvel at the colossal rock carving over at Mount Rushmore. Over in Black Hills National Forest, you’ll find plenty of opportunity for photography and wildlife-spotting. Or, you can go for a wild swim in one of the forest’s shrouded, clear water creeks.

The cities of South Dakota shouldn’t be overlooked either. Sitting beside the Missouri River, Pierre has its fair share of sights to see, including the historically-significant State Capitol building, adorned with stained-glass windows and marble staircases. Or, make your way to Sioux Falls to see the sophisticated waterfall features at Falls Park and spend the day discovering the city’s unique culinary signature. For a taste of the Old West, Deadwood is the place to go. Watch live shootout enactments along the quirky main street, or visit Tatanka: Story of the Bison to learn about the Lakota people and see ancient Native American exhibits.

Whatever you decide to do during your holiday, our Travel Specialists can help you design your ideal itinerary. When it comes to South Dakota holidays, we’ll make it simple.

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Things to do in South Dakota

With history, culture and natural splendour galore, there’s plenty to see and do in South Dakota. Whilst you’re here, we highly recommend a trip to the Black Hills region. A rich landscape of mountains, prairies and pine forests, it’s home to the state’s most famous attraction, Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Walk the Presidential Trail and see the magnificent carving of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln.

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Whilst you’re in the Black Hills area, a visit to Custer State Park is also worth your while. You can go paddle-boarding in the clear mountain waters of Sylvan Lake, or drive alongside bison herds on the Wildlife Loop Road.
If you want to see one of South Dakota’s cities, the capital, Pierre, is a great starting-point for camping trips and hiking expeditions. Or, you can visit the picturesque Sioux Falls, where you can sample French patisserie and explore the peaceful Sertoma Park.

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History & Culture

Discover the state’s ever-present cowboy culture and rich Native-American heritage during your holiday to South Dakota. Just north of the Black Hills Forest, the historic town of Deadwood is a fantastic place to start. Step back in time and soak up the atmosphere of the Wild West as you wander down the iconic main street, watching live shootout enactments from local performers. Or, pay a visit to Adams Museum to browse their diverse collection of artefacts and learn all about the 1874 Gold Rush.

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Outside of Deadwood, the Crazy Horse Memorial at Thunderhead Mountain is a must-see. Marvel at the ginormous carving of Oglala Lakota leader and warrior, Tasunke Witco and learn about Native Nations history at the site’s museum. If you’d rather see some fascinating archaeology, The Mammoth Site in the city of Hot Springs is another great option. You can walk around the active dig site and take a look at fossils and animal bones dating back to the Ice Age.

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Nature in South Dakota

If you’re wanting to discover a diverse natural landscape and see some magnificent sights, South Dakota is the place to go. The west side of the state is home to rolling hills and mountain ranges, as well as Badlands National Park. Sitting on the edge of the Great Plains, this park boasts over 200,000 acres of unforgettable scenery, featuring unique, layered rock formations and ancient fossil beds. You can take your pick from a range of different hikes and walking routes, from the Notch Trail that takes you along the canyon floor, to the Sage Creek Loop that leads you over bison roaming ground

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Over to the east of South Dakota, there’s a wealth of expansive grassland to explore and plenty of pristine lakes to visit. Fishing-enthusiasts will enjoy a trip to Oakwood Lakes State Park, where you can spend the day trying to catch some catfish or carp. Or, head to Lake Herman to spot herons and hummingbirds along the Abbott Trail.

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Best time to visit South Dakota

With heavy snowfall and frosty weather, winter may not seem like the ideal time to go to South Dakota. But, this season has a unique appeal thanks to the range of exciting outdoor activities that are on offer, particularly skiing and snowboarding. Located in the heart of the Black Hills, Terry Peak is a popular ski spot among locals and tourists alike. You can attack the slopes during the day, before retreating to a cosy log cabin in time for nightfall. 

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A spring holiday to South Dakota is a great option if you’re looking to explore the state’s parks and wildlife reserves. See baby bison leaping across an open meadow at Custer State Park, or go wild swimming in the cool waters of Spearfish Canyon at Black Hills National Forest. Alternatively, you can visit South Dakota during the summertime to experience the flamboyant firework displays and festivals that take place over the 4th July holiday weekend.

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Things to do

Things to do in South Dakota

With history, culture and natural splendour galore, there’s plenty to see and do in South Dakota. Whilst you’re here, we highly recommend a trip to the Black Hills region. A rich landscape of mountains, prairies and pine forests, it’s home to the state’s most famous attraction, Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Walk the Presidential Trail and see the magnificent carving of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln.

Show More
Show Less

Whilst you’re in the Black Hills area, a visit to Custer State Park is also worth your while. You can go paddle-boarding in the clear mountain waters of Sylvan Lake, or drive alongside bison herds on the Wildlife Loop Road.
If you want to see one of South Dakota’s cities, the capital, Pierre, is a great starting-point for camping trips and hiking expeditions. Or, you can visit the picturesque Sioux Falls, where you can sample French patisserie and explore the peaceful Sertoma Park.

Show More
Show Less

History & Culture

History & Culture

Discover the state’s ever-present cowboy culture and rich Native-American heritage during your holiday to South Dakota. Just north of the Black Hills Forest, the historic town of Deadwood is a fantastic place to start. Step back in time and soak up the atmosphere of the Wild West as you wander down the iconic main street, watching live shootout enactments from local performers. Or, pay a visit to Adams Museum to browse their diverse collection of artefacts and learn all about the 1874 Gold Rush.

Show More
Show Less

Outside of Deadwood, the Crazy Horse Memorial at Thunderhead Mountain is a must-see. Marvel at the ginormous carving of Oglala Lakota leader and warrior, Tasunke Witco and learn about Native Nations history at the site’s museum. If you’d rather see some fascinating archaeology, The Mammoth Site in the city of Hot Springs is another great option. You can walk around the active dig site and take a look at fossils and animal bones dating back to the Ice Age.

Show More
Show Less

Nature

Nature in South Dakota

If you’re wanting to discover a diverse natural landscape and see some magnificent sights, South Dakota is the place to go. The west side of the state is home to rolling hills and mountain ranges, as well as Badlands National Park. Sitting on the edge of the Great Plains, this park boasts over 200,000 acres of unforgettable scenery, featuring unique, layered rock formations and ancient fossil beds. You can take your pick from a range of different hikes and walking routes, from the Notch Trail that takes you along the canyon floor, to the Sage Creek Loop that leads you over bison roaming ground

Show More
Show Less

Over to the east of South Dakota, there’s a wealth of expansive grassland to explore and plenty of pristine lakes to visit. Fishing-enthusiasts will enjoy a trip to Oakwood Lakes State Park, where you can spend the day trying to catch some catfish or carp. Or, head to Lake Herman to spot herons and hummingbirds along the Abbott Trail.

Show More
Show Less

Best time to go

Best time to visit South Dakota

With heavy snowfall and frosty weather, winter may not seem like the ideal time to go to South Dakota. But, this season has a unique appeal thanks to the range of exciting outdoor activities that are on offer, particularly skiing and snowboarding. Located in the heart of the Black Hills, Terry Peak is a popular ski spot among locals and tourists alike. You can attack the slopes during the day, before retreating to a cosy log cabin in time for nightfall. 

Show More
Show Less

A spring holiday to South Dakota is a great option if you’re looking to explore the state’s parks and wildlife reserves. See baby bison leaping across an open meadow at Custer State Park, or go wild swimming in the cool waters of Spearfish Canyon at Black Hills National Forest. Alternatively, you can visit South Dakota during the summertime to experience the flamboyant firework displays and festivals that take place over the 4th July holiday weekend.

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