Cities and Regions

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It could be said that every square foot of South Dakota offers something to be appreciated, but there are several prominent areas that seem to serve as beacons for tourism and activity. Some offer geological wonders, others are home to bustling urban communities, and still others cater to the culturally inclined. What they all have in common is an embodiment of the rich heritage, history, and beauty of the state of South Dakota.


South Dakota is loaded with rich history and it starts with their historic cities. Each community has something interesting and exciting to offer.  From the larger cities like Sioux Falls and Rapid City, to the smallest towns, each of South Dakota’s cities has its own people, traditions, and attractions.  There is no better way to get to know South Dakota than to tour its cities.

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South Dakota is broken up into three different regions and each offer its’ own unique set of characteristics.  The Western Region includes Rapid City, the Black Hills, Badlands, and some of South Dakota’s most popular outdoor attractions, including Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse Memorial.

The Central Region is graced by the State Capitol Building in Pierre, and includes the mighty Missouri Riverand the Oahe Dam and Downstream Recreation Area.  Pheasant hunting is also a popular activity in the Central Region of South Dakota.

The Eastern Region includes the state’s largest city, Sioux Falls, and the cities of Mitchell, Watertown, and Brookings.  The Eastern Region also includes unique attractions like Storybook Land, the Washington Pavilion of Arts and Sciences, and the Terry Redlin Art Center.

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