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BadlandsBefore visiting South Dakota, you'll want to familiarize yourself with facts and figures about the Mount Rushmore State.

To help you prepare, review the Just the Facts section, our online photo gallery and publications. If your plans are farther out, be sure to sign up for our monthly Travel Professionals E-newsletter.

And, we are here to help, so don't hesitate to contact us for more information or for answers to your questions.

Just the Facts

South Dakota has often been referred to as the land of infinite variety. That variety is reflected in everything from our weather to our scenery, our economy to our state symbols and more. Study up on South Dakota information in the Just the Facts section.

What's New?

Things are always changing in South Dakota and we are often asked, "What's New?" From new or expanded attractions and lodging properties, to unique and exciting events, we provide you with the latest updates in our What's New? document. We update this PDF several times each year, so check back for the latest news.


Looking for information about airline services and airport locations as well as car rentals, public transportation, state laws and more? Take a look at the Transportation and Airport Information page under the main Trip Planner section.

Photo Gallery

The South Dakota Department of Tourism offers an online Photo Gallery with a wide assortment of images from all across The Mount Rushmore State. Photos are added and updated on an on-going basis. You will see the usage and photo credit information first, before linking to the searchable gallery.


The Department of Tourism produces a variety of travel literature. Many publications are available for immediate viewing and printing as PDFs, or you may request printed versions and/or other resources through Contact Us.

Great Parks, Monuments and Memorials brochure (English)
Native South Dakota guide
South Dakota's Tribal Lands guide
Lewis and Clark Trail guide

Other resources:

South Dakota Profile 2015 (PDF) - a one-page summary about the state
2014-15 South Dakota Group Tour Ad (PDF)
Powwow Schedule (PDF)
2015 Rodeo Schedule (PDF)
South Dakota Ranches (PDF)
South Dakota Scenic Byways (PDF)
Motorcycling in South Dakota (PDF)