South Dakota Travel Guide

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Badlands National Park


Mount Rushmore National Memorial


Sioux Falls


Rapid City




Hill City


Custer State Park






Wind Cave National Park














Hot Springs




Bear Butte National Wildlife Refuge


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Fort Pierre




Big Stone City




Buffalo Gap






Fort Thompson




Jewel Cave National Monument


Jolly Dump







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See all 76 Deadwood Tips
  • Homestake Gold Mine Visitor Center, Deadwood

    Homestake Gold Mine Visitor Center

    Deadwood Off The Beaten Path

    The Homestake Visitor Center is located at 160 West Main Street in the nearby town of Lead, South Dakota and is open Monday through Saturday. This is a good place to learn about the history of gold mining in the area. The Black Hills was the location of the last great gold rush in the continental United States. The wealthy George Hearst purchased...

  • Celebrity Hotel

    Celebrity Hotel

    Deadwood Hotels

    We stayed here for 2 nights while in South Dakota. The Celebrity Hotel is centrally located on Main...

  • Deadwood Trolley, Deadwood

    Deadwood Trolley

    Deadwood Transportation

    A bus, designed to look like an old fashioned trolley runs year round. This trolley runs between the hotels, motels, three of the nearby campgrounds, and the key tourist attractions through out Deadwood. When we were there the cost was only 50 cents per person. The trolley runs to midnight in the winter and 1:30 A.M. Sunday through Thursday...


Badlands National Park

  • Pinnacles Overlook, Badlands National Park

    Pinnacles Overlook

    Badlands National Park Things to Do

    Here you can see interesting formations called "pinnacles" that are made up of volcanic ash. A little off the beaten path but worth a look. I really enjoy Badlands.

  • Bad in the Badlands, Badlands National Park

    Bad in the Badlands

    Badlands National Park Things to Do

    While there are a variety of designated hiking trails, ranging from flat stretches through the prairie landscape to uphill climbs through the Badlands formations you should first consult with rangers at the Ben Reifel Visitor Center. They can provide advice about trails, as well as recommendations for different fitness and experience levels.We...

  • Bad Road, Badlands National Park

    Bad Road

    Badlands National Park Warnings and Dangers

    If you're planning to enter the park through Red Shirt, going through the Stronghold section, make sure you have a 4 wheel drive. The road is really bad, and even impassible when wet. It's marked as 2, on the map. The road isn't even dirt, it's gravel. Not the sort of place you should take a compact car, like a Toyota Corolla. The road is only 20...


Mount Rushmore National Memorial

Sioux Falls

See all 44 Sioux Falls Tips
  • Sertoma Butterfly House & Purdy Marine..., Sioux Falls

    Sertoma Butterfly House & Purdy Marine...

    Sioux Falls Things to Do

    As a kid, I remember often visiting the Sertoma Butterfly House, which is very close to the Outdoor Campus, where on weekends we went to the outdoors programs for kids. Recently they added on the Purdy Marine Cove as well, so there is even more to do there. The price did go up a little with the addition of the marine cove, but it's a fun way to...

  • SpringHill Suites Sioux Falls

    SpringHill Suites Sioux Falls

    Sioux Falls Hotels

    Stayed here 3 nights toward the end of September, 2010 on business. It is very convenient to...

  • Falls Park, Sioux Falls

    Falls Park

    Sioux Falls Things to Do

    Pretty much anyone who lives in Sioux Falls or the surrounding area has visited Park Falls. Sioux Falls was named for these waterfalls, and this is a really nice park, especially on a sunny day. Obviously, since it's a park it's free to visit, and there are a few other things there besides the falls to see--some statues and the ruins of an Old...


Rapid City

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  • Bear Country USA, Rapid City

    Bear Country USA

    Rapid City Things to Do

    One of the things I really wanted to do on this trip was see a Grizzly went to Canada, Glacier, Yellow Stone ... all without a Grizzly sighting but there were several at this park. Unfortunately the heat wave made them look hot and miserable. The babies were fun to watch and the highlight of the visit.

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    Rapid City Hotels

    This motel is very nice and is situated on one of the major roads through town. The motel is owned...

  • Love bears, Rapid City

    Love bears

    Rapid City Things to Do

    One of the things I really wanted to do on this trip was see a Grizzly went to Canada, Glacier, Yellow Stone ... all without a Grizzly sighting but there were several at this park. Unfortunately the heat wave made them look hot and miserable. The babies were fun to watch and the highlight of the visit.



See all 27 Mitchell Tips
  • CLOSED Enchanted World Doll Museum, Mitchell

    CLOSED Enchanted World Doll Museum

    Mitchell Things to Do

    If you're into dolls, this would be a great place to visit. (they have star wars too) June through September: Daily: 8am - 8pm March - May and October -November: Monday - Friday: 9am to 5pm Winter months: By appointment only More info later...

  • Hampton Inn Mitchell

    Hampton Inn Mitchell

    Mitchell Hotels

    1920 Highland Way, Mitchell, South Dakota, 57301, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • Mitchell's Corn Palace, Mitchell

    Mitchell's Corn Palace

    Mitchell Things to Do

    Mitchell's Corn Palace is a unique building that holds artwork made of strictly corn! These murals are all over the walls of the Corn Palace, both inside and outside. The corn art ranges from simple images to complex works of art. Hours of work are put into making each of these corn images, and they make new ones each year! Originally established...


Hill City

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    Hill City Shopping

    You get to try 3 different kinds of wine per person who goes in for free. If you get 6 bottles, there is a discount. We enjoyed tasting the wines and they were quite good. I did manage to get at least 6 bottles... not saying how many more than 6 bottles.

  • Coyote Blues Village B&B

    Coyote Blues Village B&B

    Hill City Hotels

    23165 Horseman's Ranch Road, PO Box 966, Hill City, South Dakota, 57745, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • Hold on to your wallet, Hill City

    Hold on to your wallet

    Hill City Shopping

    This is a Christmas shop and fabric store. The fabric side is for quilters. They have this thing about going to places and getting designs from different places for quilts. It is a society that I skirt around, so I understand it, but don't have the time for it. :) The main part of the store is Christmas collectibles and ornaments. They are of a...


Custer State Park

  • Abundant Wildlife, Custer State Park

    Abundant Wildlife

    Custer State Park Things to Do

    There is abundant wildlife in the park including bison, mountain goats, deer, mountain lions, bobcats, coyotes, elk and many others. Pictured here are some Wild Burros, Bison, Mountain Goats, Pronghorn Antelope and a Chipmunk.

  • Watch for wildlife, watch for those..., Custer State Park

    Watch for wildlife, watch for those...

    Custer State Park Warnings and Dangers

    Twice we came around a corner to find traffic at a dead stop because one form of wildlife or another was spotted along the road. Don't simply try to blow quickly through the park - take it slow so that you don't collide with your fellow park visitors.

  • Custer Wildlife Loop, Custer State Park

    Custer Wildlife Loop

    Custer State Park Off The Beaten Path

    Do not miss driving the Wildlife Loop at Custer State Park! As a native of South Dakota, I've spent plenty of time in the beautiful Black Hills area, and this is by far the best place to see wildlife there. Everyone does the Needles Highway drive, but many people miss the treasure that is the Wildlife Loop Scenic Byway (because of this, there are...



See all 24 Keystone Tips
  • President's Alpine Slide, Keystone

    President's Alpine Slide

    Keystone Things to Do

    We had to do this one twice. The first time we road the chairlift to the top. Ate buffalo burgers at the top in view of Mount Rushmore. (They only take cash for the food and the burgers were small for the amount asked.) Then road the slide down. Fun!!!! One side is the slow lane. The other side is the fast lane. I took the fast...

  • K Bar S Lodge

    K Bar S Lodge

    Keystone Hotels

    434 Old Hill City Road, Keystone, South Dakota, 57751, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Gold Rush, Keystone

    Gold Rush

    Keystone Things to Do

    The Big Thunder Gold Mine is also in Keystone and is interesting if you have time to take the tour. I would suggest taking a sweatshirt or sweater because the mine is around 50 degrees. The tour guides are informative and point out many interesting features of the mine and discuss how history has affected the mine. They also are very knowledgeable...



See all 29 Kadoka Tips
  • Depot Museum, Kadoka

    Depot Museum

    Kadoka Things to Do

    This is a picture of the interesting Depot Museum, which is in the former train station. A 2nd photo of the main back room can be seen by clicking on the link under the photo. The museum can either be seen in 5 minutes or the full 2 hours that it is open each day, depending if one wants to see all the exhibits. There are exhibits on the service...

  • Budget Host Sundowner Motor Inn Kadoka

    Budget Host Sundowner Motor Inn Kadoka

    Kadoka Hotels

    510 Sd Hwy 73, Kadoka, SD, 57543

    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Business

  • Kadoka School, Kadoka

    Kadoka School

    Kadoka Things to Do

    This is the Kadoka School located at the end of the downtown area. Jackson County used to have dozens of schools but now has only 4 (or is it 5)? The school graduates between 15 and 30 high school graduates a year. It is the only school with high school grades in the entire county. There are newer additions to the school that are to the right of...


Wind Cave National Park


See all 23 Wall Tips
  • Badlands National Park, Wall

    Badlands National Park

    Wall Things to Do

    The 'badlands'! They claim that until these badlands became known around the world, there was no consistent name for this type of landscape. Now, there are badlands in North Dakota and Alberta (Canada), as well as Turkey.Go to my Badlands National Park%l page

  • Ann's Motel

    Ann's Motel

    Wall Hotels

    There are a number of chain motels in Wall; I also stayed at the Super 8 the first night, which was...

  • Minuteman Missle National Historic Park, Wall

    Minuteman Missle National Historic Park

    Wall Things to Do

    The ICBM program was one of three programs to counter a Soviet threat during the Cold War Years of (1946-1995). All three programs continue, but the START Treaty of 1995 (?) called for the elimination of many delivery vehicles. As a part of the treaty, each nation was allows to keep one launch facility and one command facility for historic...



See all 18 Aberdeen Tips
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    Aberdeen Nightlife

    all the night clubs in aberdeen are absalutley filthy,they need a proper clean and i would not advise anyone to go there.if you go there you are mad and i think that it should be shut down and also i think that night clubs should,nt even exist at all .please agree with me because i would,nt like you to go there without people giving you a...

  • Americinn Lodge And Suites Aberdeen

    Americinn Lodge And Suites Aberdeen

    Aberdeen Hotels

    310 CENTENNIAL ST, Aberdeen, SD 57401

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • nighttime, Aberdeen


    Aberdeen Nightlife

    all the night clubs in aberdeen are absalutley filthy,they need a proper clean and i would not advise anyone to go there.if you go there you are mad and i think that it should be shut down and also i think that night clubs should,nt even exist at all .please agree with me because i would,nt like you to go there without people giving you a...



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See all 12 Pierre Tips
  • Great Italian Food, Pierre

    Great Italian Food

    Pierre Restaurants

    $22 as of August 2013. This restaurant looks very nice inside and out. Fancy looking but still fairly casual in demeanor. They have a small full service bar too. The service was very good as was the food. A bit pricey but worth it. Hours are 11 AM to 12 AM Monday through Saturday and 11 AM to 9 PM on Sunday. Seafood Diablo. Nice and spicy!

  • Days Inn Pierre

    Days Inn Pierre

    Pierre Hotels

    520 W Sioux Ave, Pierre, SD 57501

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Solo

  • State Capitol, Pierre

    State Capitol

    Pierre Things to Do

    My father like to take pictures of the state capitol buildings. So when we visited the Badlands and Mount Rushmore, we took a side trip so he could take a picture of the capitol. In fact the second photo has our car in it.Currently the Capitol Tour Office is located in the Capitol Lake Visitor Center, just east of the Capitol next to Capitol Lake....


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    Although Sioux Falls may be the most well-known, South Dakota hotels are welcoming in just about every city from Buffalo to Elk Point. You can visit Mount Rushmore in Keystone, dig for dinosaur...