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AdventureNo matter what adventure you seek, South Dakota has something for everyone.

Visitors who come here enjoy summer adventures of kayaking, canoeing, biking and incredible hiking. They also enjoy winter sports like skiing, sledding, snowshoeing, snowmobiling and ice fishing. From riding a motorcycle to conquering the rocky cliffs, adventure seekers can find it all in South Dakota.

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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.


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. 




Sturgis Volksmarch

In conjunction with Black Hills Volksmarch Association, Sturgis will be hosting an Urban Volksmarch on May 11, 2013.  


Black Hills Visitor Industry Early Opening Dates


South Dakota Buffalo Roundup: 47 Years of Managing the Herd and Preserving History

Nearly 50 years of expertise will come together in Custer State Park when the 47th annual Buffalo Roundup thunders across the prairie on September 24. 


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

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


Badlands National Park Plans Astronomy Festival

Get your telescopes and model rockets ready.


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. 


Sioux Falls CVB Launches Mobile Website

The Sioux Falls Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) is excited to announce the launch of a new mobile website.


Tourism’s Macy’s Efforts Reached More Than 330 Million

The South Dakota Department of Tourism’s message reached the eyes of more than 330 million people in November, thanks to various public relations tactics combined with the float, “Mount Rushmore’s American Pride,” which appeared in the nationally televised Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.


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


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.


South Dakota Mentioned as one of Best Roads to Drive in America

South Dakota made the top 12 best roads to drive, according to the Huffington Post. Check out the link!


Minuteman Missile National Historic Site Announces New Weekend Hours

Minuteman Missile National Historic Site is happy to announce that beginning Sunday, February 27th, and every Saturday and Sunday thereafter, the site will be open from 8AM to 4:30PM


South Dakota's Great Faces: Cecil C. Gideon

Cecil C. Gideon is honored as one of South Dakota’s Great Faces because of the major landmarks he left in South Dakota. Gideon designed and built many local structures in the Black Hills. The most notable include the Custer State Park Game Lodge and the famous pigtail bridges on Iron Mountain Road.


Mickelson Trail Receives Hall of Fame Award

The George S. Mickelson Trail in the Black Hills has gained national attention by being recently inducted into the Rails-to-Trails Hall of Fame.


Argus Leader Media Announces 6th Annual Bike Tour

Argus Leader Media in Sioux Falls, S.D., is proud to announce the 6th annual Argus Leader Tour de Kota bike tour across South Dakota.


South Dakota Great Events

 As you make your summer vacation plans, consider coming to South Dakota to experience one of our Great Events.


More Family Bonding in South Dakota

In South Dakota, you’ll find a variety of scenery, plenty of adventures and family-friendly, affordable fun. Here are four unique ways you can make lasting family memories on your South Dakota vacation. 


Buffalo Roundup

Starting Sept. 26, the Black Hills and Custer State Park come alive with events ranging from arts festivals and historic reenactments to chili cook-offs and old-time fiddlers, all centered around the annual roundup of the park’s nearly 1,500 bison.


Missouri River Recreation Flourishing

Each year, the Missouri River is a destination spot for people throughout South Dakota and surrounding states, and this year is no exception.

Marks of History: Jedediah Smith, Missionary Explorer

Jedediah Smith first ventured into Dakota Territory in the early 1800s.


Primal Quest: Spectators can see athletes in action

While Primal Quest Badlands isn’t exactly a spectator event, there will be opportunities for fans of the grueling endurance race to see the teams as they pass through the checkpoints and transition areas.


The SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger Enhances Premiere Adventure Racing Experience with Online Race Tracking and Real-time GPS Mapping

SPOT LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Globalstar, Inc. (NASDAQ: GSAT) and the pioneer behind the award-winning SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger™ announced today it’s partnership of the upcoming 2009 Primal Quest adventure race providing real-time race tracking and GPS mapping.


South Dakotans Invited to Experience Primal Quest Event

Spectators who want to take part in Primal Quest Badlands Presented by SPOT will have several ways to enjoy the excitement of “The World’s Most Challenging Human Endurance Competition” to be held August 14 – 23, 2009.


Marks of History: Campsite of General Custer’s Expedition

Located two miles east of Custer is an open valley where history was made. This area served as the main base camp for General George Armstrong Custer’s expedition to find gold in the Black Hills. Their stay at the “Golden Valley,” as General Custer called it, lasted five days, the longest of any s


Favorite Things: Top Five in Custer State Park

Few truly wild places remain in this country, but 71,000-acre Custer State Park in the Black Hills of South Dakota is certainly one of them.


Black Hills Kayakers Prepare to Paddle

With winter snow giving way to spring sunshine, Black Hills streams, rivers and reservoirs are filling up. For those who participate in the growing sport of kayaking, 2009 should be a very good year.


Marks of History: Spirit Mound

In 1804, legend had it that Spirit Mound, near present day Vermillion, was inhabited by evil spirits in human form. Reportedly, these “little devils” were 18 inches high and armed with arrows.



Summer hours begin at the Falls Park Visitor Information Center (VIC) on March 30, 2009 and will continue until October 16, 2009. The VIC will be open daily from 9 a.m.-9 p.m.


Dates set for the 34th Great Plains Balloon Race in Sioux Falls!

The morning skyline will fill with balloons as more than 30 hot-air balloons are set to take flight over Sioux Falls, Saturday, June 13, 2009.

Jewel Cave and Wind Cave Honor Military Personnel With Free Tours on Veterans Day

Jewel Cave National monument and Wind Cave National Park will offer free tours to military veterans and current military personnel and their families on Sunday, November 11, in honor of Veterans Day.


Vacation Down Under

With all of the majesty and splendor of the Black Hills, who would think exploring below the surface would yield as much beauty as above?

Dig Into South Dakota Archaeology

Take a step back in time and uncover some ancient history. South Dakota is a rich site for archaeology and paleontology.

Explore South Dakota Along a Scenic Byway

When planning a vacation this year, consider traveling a South Dakota scenic byway. Nearly 600 miles on six scenic byways represent the depth and breadth of South Dakota’s scenery, history and culture.