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Mount RushmoreMount Rushmore National Memorial is one of South Dakota's best-known attractions and biggest visitor draws. But the state also is filled with plenty of other attractions from the quirky to the awe-inspiring.

Unique natural wonders like Badlands National Park, Jewel Cave and Wind Cave National Park intrigue travelers. History buffs love the Wild West in Deadwood and the frontier tales of the Lewis and Clark Trail, while the Laura Ingalls Wilder homestead and 1880 Train delight both the young and old. One visit to South Dakota and you'll see why we're the land of Great Faces and Great Places.

South Dakota Attractions

Check out some of South Dakota's unique attractions.

 

Mount Rushmore National Memorial
The famous faces of Mount Rushmore are an awe-inspiring sight. The 60-foot faces carved into a granite hillside are both a spectacular and engineering marvel.

 

Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Laura Ingalls Wilder, De Smet

Laura Ingalls Wilder is one of the most revered children's book authors of all time. Visitors can see her childhood home in South Dakota and discover the places that Laura Ingalls wrote about in her "The Little House on Prairie" books.

Laura Ingalls Wilder Homestead, DeSmet
Crazy Horse Memorial
It's a mountain monument in the making. The first blast took place in 1948, and work continues today on the world's largest mountain carving.

 

Crazy Horse
Falls Park

The Lakota Sioux Indians named the falls of the Big Sioux River "Minnehaha" or "Laughing Waters." Those falls are in the heart of South Dakota's largest city and a spectacular site for visitors.

Falls Park
Badlands National Park

Millions of years of history are locked away in the eroded buttes and jagged cliffs of this natural wonder. Filled with prehistoric fossils and native plants, the Badlands are a playground for hikers and scientists.

Badlands National Park
Fort Sisseton Historic State Park

Fort Sisseton is a National Historic Landmark that reminds visitors of what life was like on the rugged frontier. Originally built in 1864, Fort Sisseton has been completely restored and provides a unique window into the past.

Ft. Sisseton
Custer State Park

Custer State Park is the second largest state park in the country and it's filled with all kinds of unique scenery and wildlife. Opportunities abound for viewing the park's 1,500 bison, getting glimpses of mountain goats and other wildlife, or hiking through some of the prettiest scenery in South Dakota.

Custer State Park
World's Only Corn Palace

Originally constructed in 1892, the Corn Palace was a way for early settlers to showcase the fertility of the South Dakota soil. While the purpose of the Corn Palace in Mitchell has changed, the tradition of decorating the building with multi-colored corn, grains and grasses remains.

Corn Palace
Jewel Cave National Monument and Wind Cave National Park

See what beauty lies beneath the surface in South Dakota. The Black Hills of South Dakota are home to some of the longest and rarest caves in the world.

Jewel Cave National Monument and Wind Cave National Park
Missouri River Reservoirs

The Missouri River runs through the heart of South Dakota…dividing the eastern prairies from the western hills. All along the Mighty Mo there are lakes and reservoirs that offer incredible fishing and water recreation from sailing to jet skiing.

Missouri River Reservoirs
Black Hills National Forest

Black Hills National Forest stretches for 1.2 million acres, offering outdoor adventure like hiking, biking and camping amidst stunning scenery. Find grassy mountain meadows, towering granite peaks, deep canyons, cascading trout streams and clear, clean lakes.

Black Hills National Forest


 

 


These are just a sampling of the many interesting, unique, fun and educational attractions in South Dakota. The Media and Public Relations team would be happy to assist you with additional information about these and other attractions. Other useful resources are the Interactive Trip Planner and the Travel Directory.