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South Dakota's Top Attractions

South Dakota is absolutely jam-packed with exciting attractions and traffic-stopping beauty. Although it can be said that every inch of the state offers its own subtle delights, there are certain prominent spots that tend to draw the most tourist traffic—and for good reason. South Dakota’s top attractions are a rich mixture of culture, history, entertainment, and geological wonders. Below are just some of the major destinations of residents and visitors alike:Whether you're looking for amusement on a rainy day, or an escape from sweltering summer heat or winter cold, South Dakota has an abundance of indoor attractions that will have you marveling at the variety of what is available in South Dakota.  Museums, a science center, animal attractions, and much more are awaiting you when you decide to move indoors.

Most Popular Attractions

Crazy Horse Memorial, located just outside of Custer, is the world's largest mountain sculpture.

South Dakota is loaded with fun and exciting attractions. The most popular attractions are the notable Mount Rushmore, Black Hills and the Badlands but there are plenty of attractions that may not have the notoriety of those attractions but still offer some great fun and excitement. We have compiled a list of the most popular attractions located throughout the state. Learn more.

  1. Mount Rushmore
  2. Badlands National Park
  3. Black Hills National Forest
  4. Sturgis Motorcyle Rally
  5. Crazy Horse Memorial
  6. Scenic Byways
  7. Bear Butte
  8. Mitchell Corn Palace
  9. Wall Drug
  10. Custer State Park

Family Attractions

Going on a family trip to South Dakota? South Dakota has a lot of family friendly attractions available that are fun to visit and easy on the budget. We have compiled a list of top family attractions located throughout the state. These are great places to checkout as they offer fun and excitement for everybody in your family. Learn more.

Indoor Attractions

Whether you're looking for amusement on a rainy day, or an escape from sweltering summer heat or winter cold, South Dakota has an abundance of indoor attractions that will have you marveling at the variety of what is available in South Dakota.  Museums, a science center, animal attractions, and much more are awaiting you when you decide to move indoors. Learn more.

Outdoor Attractions

Regardless if you are going on a family trip or "road-tripping" with a few of your friends there is a great selection of outdoor attractions throughout the state. We have compiled a list of some outdoor attractions you definitely need to check out if you are in the area. Learn more.

Native American Attractions

South Dakota is home to nine different Native American tribes, including Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota people.  Spread throughout the state, the nine tribes include the Cheyenne River Sioux, Crow Creek Sioux, Flandreau-Santee Sioux, Lower Brule Sioux, Oglala Sioux, Rosebud Sioux, Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate, Standing Rock Sioux, and the Yankton Sioux Tribe.  These tribes have contributed much to South Dakota's life and culture, and visitors will find an abundance of Native American attractions throughout the state. Learn more.

Regional Attractions

South Dakota offers exciting regional attractions located throughout the state. Whether you are traveling in western, central or eastern South Dakota there there is never a shortage of attractions. Learn more.

Seasonal Attractions

Winter, summer, spring or fall, South Dakota has special attractions for each season.  With festivals and fairs, farmer's markets and ice fishing, South Dakota's seasonal attractions are various and plentiful. Learn more.


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