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South Dakota Recognized by Frommer’s and American Bus Association

On the heels of being listed as one of Lonely Planet’s “Best in the US” for 2015, South Dakota has also recently been selected by Frommer’s as one of their “Best Places to Go in 2015.”


Lonely Planet Recognizes South Dakota as One of Best Places to Visit

Lonely Planet, the world’s leading travel media company, has recognized western South Dakota as one of their “Best in the US” destinations for 2015. The company announced their fifth annual “best of” list this morning, which is determined by Lonely Planet’s expert authors and their U.S.-based editorial team.


SD Businesses Recognized for Outstanding Customer Service

The South Dakota Department of Tourism has recognized 156 businesses and organizations in 46 communities across South Dakota for their outstanding customer service.

South Dakota Tourism Wins National Mercury Award

The U.S. Travel Association has awarded the South Dakota Department of Tourism a Mercury Award for Best Print Advertising Piece.


Brookings Launches Creative Week

Brookings launches creative week - September 27 through Ocotober 4. It will be a week long festival celebrating South Dakota creativity. 


Free South Dakota vacation maps for the Lewis and Clark Trail

The South Dakota Department of Tourism is making South Dakota’s Lewis and Clark Trail historic sites more accessible for today’s travelers.


Sturgis Welcomes First Sparkling House

Belle Joli’ Winery will celebrate the grand opening of their Sturgis “Sparkling House” on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, August 15th -17th from 10am-8pm. 


The 2014 Great Plains Hot Air Balloon Race

The 39th annual Great Plains Hot Air Balloon Race will be happening here in Sioux Falls August 15th-17th and will take place at Kenny Anderson Park - 3903 E 3rd Street in Sioux Falls.  


Belle Joli’ Opens New “Sparkling House”

The Belle Joli’ winery will open South Dakota’s first champagne house this July. The state-of-the-art Sparkling House overlooks a 5-acre vineyard in Sturgis and features onsite production of a new line of sparkling wines.

Deadwood Stagecoach Days: 1876-1890

Deadwood History will host the first annual Deadwood Stagecoach Days:  1876-1890 on September 5-6, 2014, at the Days of ’76 Museum and Rodeo Grounds, Deadwood, South Dakota.


Folk Music Contest at the 2014 Sioux River Folk Festival, August 2nd

The Ninth Annual Campground Competition will be held on Saturday, August 2nd, 2014 at the Sioux River Folk Festival in Newton Hills State Park, which is just south of Canton, SD.  


Special Travel Message from Department of Tourism

South Dakota has been the subject of severe weather in recent days, including some flooding which has resulted in a few highway closures in the southeastern part of the state, including a section of Interstate 29. As you’re traveling to South Dakota, you may have to take some detours; however, these highway closures will not prevent you from getting to your destination. 


Striving to Serve the Savvy Consumer

This spring, nearly 2,300 visitor industry professionals from across South Dakota attended customer service training programs hosted in 16 different communities.


South Dakota Included in Brand USA Tour for United Kingdom Travel Agents

South Dakota was chosen by Brand USA, the destination marketing organization for the United States, to be included in one of seven familiarization tours taking place across the United States for travel agents from the United Kingdom. 


Redlin Art Center Announces 2014 Summer Entertainmenet Series

The Redlin Art Center is proud to announce its 2014 Summer Entertainment Series. The series includes six separate events each offering a unique cultural or artistic experience. 


National Music Museum ‘celebrates the Saxes’ with world-class summer exhibition

The National Music Museum (NMM) in Vermillion, South Dakota, is joining the worldwide celebration of the 200th birthday of the great Belgian musical-instrument inventor Adolphe Sax (1814-1894), with a limited-time exhibition of some of the finest Sax instruments (made by his hand or in his workshop).


Interstate Information Centers Open This Weekend

South Dakota’s 13 Interstate Information Centers open Saturday, May 17, to welcome and aid guests as they travel within the state.


South Dakota Tourism Launches Peak Season Advertising

The South Dakota Department of Tourism has launched its peak season advertising across the country, and is gearing up to welcome summer visitors. 


Jewel Cave and Wind Cave Announce Fee Increases

The two National Park Service caves in the Black Hills will be raising their rates as of April 30.


South Dakota Tourism’s Work Recognized with Nine Awards in 2014 ADDY Awards Competition

The South Dakota Advertising Federation has recognized the work of the South Dakota Department of Tourism and its agency of record, Lawrence & Schiller, with nine ADDY Awards for advertising, digital marketing and public relations excellence in the 2014 awards competition.


South Dakota 4th Annual Birding Festival

Grab your binoculars, camera and birding guide and make plans to attend the 4th Annual South Dakota Birding Festival.  


South Dakota Tourism’s Work Recognized with Three Awards in 57th Annual Adrian Awards Competition

The Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI) has recognized the work of the South Dakota Department of Tourism and one of their agencies of record, MMGY Global, with three Adrian Awards for advertising, digital marketing and public relations excellence in the 57th annual awards competition.


Curtis & Loretta: A Musical Journey through America and Ireland

Deadwood History will present a concert featuring Curtis & Loretta on Sunday, March 9, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. at the Adams Museum. 


Construction of Minuteman Missile National Historic Site Visitor Center on Target and On Track

Construction for one of Western South Dakota's most popular attractions, Minuteman Missile National Historic Site (NHS) is well under way and on-target for completion late this year.


Isn’t It Romantic? Valentine Tours at the Historic Adams House

The Historic Adams House will host Isn’t It Romantic? Valentine Tours at the Historic Adams House on Friday, February 14, 2014, from 4:00 and 8:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, February 15 and 16, 2014, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 


Grand Opening of Akela Spa

The Grand Opening for the new Akela Spa Deadwood will be February 11 – 15.


Tourism Industry Remained Strong in 2013

The total economic impact of South Dakota’s visitor industry increased last year by 2.8 percent* from 2012, translating to an overall economic impact of nearly $2 billion. The 2013 figures are from a new report by IHS Global Insight.


Top Tourism Leaders Recognized by Gov. Daugaard

Gov. Dennis Daugaard and the South Dakota Department of Tourism presented awards to top visitor industry leaders Thursday evening at the 2014 Governor’s Conference on Tourism in Pierre.


Tourism Advisory Board Elects Officers

The Governor’s Tourism Advisory Board has elected new officers for the coming year.


2014 Governor’s Conference on Tourism: Think Big. Think Bold. Think Beyond.

The 2014 Governor’s Conference on Tourism will be held Jan. 22-23 in Pierre.