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South Dakota's Great Places Archive

South Dakota has a infinite number of "Great Places" throughout the state. This weekly press release series will highlight places that make South Dakota a unique destination. Each week readers will find a new place in South Dakota to discover including small towns and their festivals, unique museums, wine trails, routes across South Dakota and legendary attractions.

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South Dakota's Great Places: Lake Herman

At this Great Place in South Dakota, visitors are able to explore the great outdoors and soak up a bit of the area’s history.

12/19/2012

South Dakota’s Great Places: Great Plains Zoo

Animal enthusiasts are entertained and entranced by the variety of creatures they can visit at the Great Plains Zoo located in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

08/29/2012

South Dakota’s Great Places: Minuteman Missile National Historic Site

At one time in western South Dakota, there were 150 United States Minuteman missiles and 15 Launch Control Facilities acting as silent sentinels maintaining peace for Americans. Two of these sites, Delta-01 Launch Control Facility and the Delta-09 Launch Facility, have been preserved as a Minuteman Missile National Historic Site to provide visitors with a unique Cold War history lesson; this is one of South Dakota’s Great Places.

08/24/2012

South Dakota’s Great Places: Lewis & Clark Recreation Area

Are you looking for a camping experience with something for everyone?

08/08/2012

South Dakota’s Great Places: Black Hills Playhouse

Heading into the “backwoods” doesn’t usually involve high quality theater productions performed by professional actors and artists; but at the Black Hills Playhouse, that is exactly what theater-goers discover. 

07/25/2012

South Dakota’s Great Places: Laura Ingalls Wilder Pageant

Since the 1930s, readers have been enchanted by Laura Ingalls Wilder’s tales of the struggles and joys of life on the prairie. 

07/18/2012

Great Places: Washington Pavilion

With its exceptional medley of education, adventure, and art exhibits and centers, the Washington Pavilion, located in downtown Sioux Falls, is a diverse attraction that should be experienced first-hand.

06/27/2012

South Dakota’s Great Places: Black Hills Caves

Mysterious, alluring and wild, Black Hills caves have stood the test of time and provide enjoyment for today’s visitors, making them some of South Dakota’s Greatest Places.

06/20/2012

South Dakota’s Great Places: Oyate Trail

Do you like to step off the beaten path and experience new places? Crossing the state of South Dakota can become a pilgrimage into unseen destinations, if you are willing to become an intrepid, off-the-Interstate explorer. Following the Oyate Trail can give travelers access to a unique side of South Dakota that few experience.

05/30/2012

South Dakota’s Great Places: Mount Moriah Cemetery

This Great Place in South Dakota is not only home to legends of the past, but also provides a scenic overlook to one of the state’s historic communities. It is Mount Moriah Cemetery in Deadwood.  

05/18/2012

South Dakota’s Great Places: Nicollet Tower and Interpretive Center

There is a place in South Dakota that stands tall above the trees offering a beautiful view of three states. This Great Place is the Joseph N. Nicollet Tower near Sisseton.

04/06/2012

South Dakota's Great Places: Oahe Dam

There is a Great Place in South Dakota that is located north of the Pierre and Fort Pierre communities. It creates the fourth largest artificial reservoir in the United States and one of the largest earth-rolled dams in the world. It’s the Oahe Dam.

03/22/2012

South Dakota’s Great Places: South Dakota Hall of Fame

There is a Great Place in South Dakota that honors the Great Faces that have made a significant impact on our culture and our state. It’s the South Dakota Hall of Fame in Chamberlain.

03/01/2012

South Dakota’s Great Places: Sertoma Butterfly House & Purdy Marine Cove

There is a Great Place in South Dakota where visitors can walk with more than 800 flying creatures and see hundreds of marine animals from across the world. It’s the Sertoma Butterfly House & Purdy Marine Cove in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
02/15/2012

South Dakota’s Great Places: Museum of the South Dakota State Historical Society

The unique history and spirit of South Dakota is captured and accumulated in this Great Place. Visitors will find a new discovery around every corner. It’s the Museum of the South Dakota State Historical Society in the capital city, Pierre

12/14/2011

South Dakota’s Great Places: National Music Museum

There is a place in South Dakota that is known for being the greatest of its kind the world. It includes world-renowned collections from five different centuries. This Great Place is the National Music Museum in Vermillion, S.D.

12/01/2011

South Dakota’s Great Places: Verendrye Museum

The Verendrye* Museum in Fort Pierre is a Great Place in South Dakota that highlights and documents the history of the Fort Pierre area from the earliest explorations of Europeans.
11/23/2011

South Dakota's Great Places: Goss Opera House

The Goss Block houses the last of three grand opera houses that once graced Watertown, S.D., in an age when theater played a considerable role in the lives of the city’s people.

11/09/2011

South Dakota’s Great Places: The World’s Only Corn Palace

One of South Dakota’s Great Places is covered in 3,000 bushels of corn. It’s the World’s Only Corn Palace in Mitchell, S.D.

11/03/2011

South Dakota’s Great Places: George S. Mickelson Trail

One of South Dakota’s Great Places is a premier trail within the state park system that stretches across 109-miles in the

10/26/2011

South Dakota’s Great Places: Sica Hollow State Park

There is a place in South Dakota that combines interesting terrain with eerie legends. Sica* HollowState Park, in the northeastern corner of the state, is one of South Dakota’s Great Places.

10/12/2011

South Dakota’s Great Places: Spearfish Canyon

There is a unique place in South Dakota that combines rugged limestone cliffs, rushing waterfalls, and a forest-lined creek. Spearfish Canyon in the Black Hills has been a long time Great Place in South Dakota.
 

09/21/2011

South Dakota's Great Places: Spirit Mound

There are few places where one can stand in nearly the same spot where the explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark stood.

09/14/2011

South Dakota’s Great Places: Custer State Park

One of South Dakota's Great Places is the second largest state park in America, home to one of the world's largest publicly-owned bison herds, and known for interesting landscapes. It is Custer State Park, located in the Black Hills of South Dakota.

09/07/2011

South Dakota’s Great Places: Harney Peak

In the Black Hills of South Dakota there is one point that stands well above the rest. At an elevation of 7,242 ft. above sea level, Harney Peak towers over the pine tree clad hills and is one of South Dakota's Great Places.

08/24/2011

South Dakota’s Great Places: Geddes Historic District

There is a place in South Dakota that 250 people call home. Though this community is small, it is filled with history showcasing the way life once was. The Geddes Historic District in Geddes is a Great Place in South Dakota.

08/17/2011

South Dakota’s Great Places: Wylie Park & Storybook Land

Among the glacial lakes and prairies in the northeastern corner of South Dakota lies Aberdeen. Within Aberdeen you'll find a land where childhood never dies and fairytales become reality. Aberdeen's Wylie Park & Storybook Land is one of South Dakota's Great Places.

08/03/2011

South Dakota’s Great Places: Storybook Island

Amid bustling Rapid City, there is a place where favorite childhood stories live. Rapid City's Storybook Island is one of South Dakota's Great Places.

07/21/2011

South Dakota’s Great Places: Redlin Art Center

The Redlin Art Center in Watertown, South Dakota is home to more than 150 original oil paintings by one of America's most popular artists, Terry Redlin. This is one of South Dakota's Great Places.

07/13/2011

South Dakota's Great Places: Days of '76

For more than 80 years, a historic town has played host to one of South Dakota's great events. Deadwood, a revived Old West and gold mining town fills with visitors the end of July for the Days of '76 celebration.

07/06/2011

South Dakota's Great Places: Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

The sound of growling engines, the smell of exhaust and the glint of sunlight off chrome are just a few of the elements that make up this South Dakota Great Place. It’s the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

06/29/2011

South Dakota’s Great Places: Mount Rushmore National Memorial

Through a sea of towering pine trees and granite peaks, a memorial like no other exists. It combines the man-made wonder with natural scenic landscape of Black Hills National Forest. Mount Rushmore National Memorial is one of South Dakota's Great Places.

06/22/2011

South Dakota’s Great Places: Little Town on the Prairie

A little town in southeastern South Dakota, De Smet, celebrates the life of world-renowned author, Laura Ingalls Wilder, by preserving historic sites and hosting a pagenat each summer which re-enacts one of Wilder's novels. This "Little Town on the Prairie" is one of South Dakota's Great Places.

06/15/2011

South Dakota's Great Places: Palisades State Park

Nestled in the eastern part of the state is an area that is lined with scenic overlooks and rushing river water. Near the small-town of Garretson, Palisades State Park is one of South Dakota's Great Places.

06/08/2011

South Dakota’s Great Places: Casey Tibbs Rodeo Center

One of South Dakota’s Great Places, the Casey Tibbs Rodeo Center, honors the official state sport of South Dakota, rodeo.

06/01/2011

South Dakota's Great Places: Wheel Jam

Thousands of wheels and thousands of watts of horsepower make up one of South Dakota's most powerful events. People come from across the nation to participate in Huron's Wheel Jam, a celebration of cars, semi-trucks, and motorcycles.

05/25/2011

South Dakota’s Great Places: Czech Days

Every year in June a celebration like no other in South Dakota takes place. Tabor, South Dakota hosts Czech Days, a festival celebrating the heritage of the Czechoslovakian immigrants who settled in the southeast region of the state. Tabor's Czech Days is one of South Dakota's Great Places.

05/18/2011

South Dakota's Great Places: Native American Scenic Byway

Among the countless beautiful drives in South Dakota, one stands out as a unique opportunity for travelers. The Native American Scenic Byway is one of South Dakota's Great Places.

05/11/2011

South Dakota's Great Places: "M" Hill

With 12 miles of trails varying in difficulty, the 300-acre park is a great place to experience the adventure of the Black Hills without ever leaving the city.

05/05/2011

South Dakota's Great Places: Glacial Lakes & Prairies Birding

Some of South Dakota's Great Places are along the birding trail in northeast South Dakota. The 38 trail sites are home to more than 300 species of birds.

04/28/2011

South Dakota's Great Places: SD Discovery Museum

The South Dakota Discovery Center and Aquarium, billed as a "science playground for the whole family," provides educational, hands-on science acitivites that make it one of South Dakota's Great Places.

04/14/2011

South Dakota's Great Places: Falls Park

The natural beauty of the Big Sioux River gave South Dakota's largest city, Sioux Falls, it's name, and like a lot of places in South Dakota, it has a long history. Falls Park is one of South Dakota's Great Places.

04/11/2011

South Dakota's Great Places: South Dakota State Capitol

The State Capitol Building of South Dakota, in Pierre, is more than just a place where bills are discussed and meetings take place.

03/23/2011

South Dakota's Great Places: Wall

Wall, South Dakota, is one of the smaller places on South Dakota’s state map in terms of population. But what it lacks in size, it makes up for in star quality, making it one of South Dakota’s Great Places.

03/16/2011

South Dakota's Great Places: Bramble Park Zoo

One of South Dakota’s Great Places is the Bramble Park Zoo in Watertown, South Dakota. The zoo is home to more than 800 mammals, birds, fish, reptiles and amphibians.

03/09/2011

South Dakota's Great Places: Children's Museum of South Dakota

The Children’s Museum of South Dakota in Brookings is one of South Dakota’s newest premier attractions.

02/23/2011

South Dakota's Great Places: "Cathedral of the Prairie"

In a small prairie town in north-central South Dakota stands a cathedral that can be seen from miles away. The unique magnificence of this “big church in a little town” is what makes it one of South Dakota’s Great Places.

02/16/2011

South Dakota's Great Places: South Dakota Tractor Museum

The South Dakota Tractor Museum in Kimball displays historic tractors and farm machinery to visitors. Because of the museum’s unique and diverse collection of items, it is one of South Dakota’s Great Places.

02/09/2011

South Dakota's Great Places: Chapel in the Hills

There is an interesting building, nestled into the Black Hills near Rapid City, that is unlike any other place in this area of South Dakota. Chapel in the Hills is one of South Dakota

02/02/2011

South Dakota’s “Great Places” to be Highlighted in New Weekly Series

The South Dakota Department of Tourism will be highlighting South Dakota’s “Great Places” in a new weekly press release series beginning on Feb. 2.

01/26/2011