South Dakota: The Mount Rushmore State. Lawless Legends. Black Hills.

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The faces of US Presidents at Mount Rushmore National Memorial in the Black Hills of South Dakota.

South Dakota: The Mount Rushmore State. Lawless Legends. Black Hills.

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A powwow, a traditional Native American cultural celebration and social event, on the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation.

Badlands National Park
South Dakota: The Mount Rushmore State. Lawless Legends. Black Hills.

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Rock formations jut up from the prairie in Badlands National Park.

South Dakota combines rolling hills, prairies, and fields of wildflowers, with uniquely eroded buttes, towering mountains, deep caves, and dense pine forests. The diverse landscapes of the Black Hills and Badlands make South Dakota a geographic gem in the middle United States. As a region of the Great Plains, it is rich with Native American history and earned its name from its earliest inhabitants, the Lakota and Dakota Sioux tribes. South Dakota keeps its spirit alive with stories of Native American warriors and legends of Wild West outlaws.

South Dakota’s mountainous and prairie filled geography promises exciting outdoor adventure. Visitors can find adventure at any time of year, whether hiking or cycling, kayaking or scuba diving, snowshoeing or snowmobiling. In addition to incredible outdoor recreation, South Dakota hosts the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally and preserves legends of the Wild West in historic Deadwood.

South Dakota is home to Badlands National Park, Wind Cave National Park and the Mount Rushmore National Memorial. The rich history, awe-inspiring land, beautiful parks, and exciting events make South Dakota an exciting and unique travel destination.

Facts & Stats

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Farming town, Clark, SD, throws an annual party celebrating their core crop, the potato.

Fossils found in Badlands National Park date back 35 million years.

South Dakota is home to third largest cave in the world, Jewel Cave.

Known for the lawless frontier town, Deadwood, where Wild Bill was killed.

Half a million people attend Sturgis Motorcycle Rally each year, one of the largest and longest-running motorcycle rallies in the world.

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