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About South Dakota
When you find yourself dreaming of long drives, gorgeous landscapes, and hills for days, make the Mount Rushmore State your destination. Take your pick from a range of South Dakota vacation rentals, and settle in to this extraordinary state.
Best Cities to Visit in South Dakota
South Dakota's largest city, Sioux Falls, is ripe for exploration. Start your visit to the city with a walk through Falls Park, home to the namesake falls, some of the city's oldest buildings, and many seasonal activities. Follow along the Phillips to the Falls walking or driving route to get the lay of the land, and then take a stroll through the SculptureWalk or stop for a bite to eat. When you're ready to cool off, quench your thirst at one of the city's many breweries or wineries or splash around at the Wild Water West Waterpark.
Near South Dakota's western edge, Rapid City is the gateway to much of the state's natural beauty. It's also a worthy destination for history, culture, and dining. The heart of the action is the city's Main Street Square, where you'll find a large green space, public art, and your choice of restaurants and bars. History buffs will want to find the president on every corner of downtown Rapid City, and art enthusiasts won't want to miss Art Alley, just off Main Street Square.
A short drive northwest of Rapid City, Deadwood is named for its unique trees but better known for its Wild West appeal. In Historic Deadwood, you can watch Old West re-enactments and shootouts, see where legends like Wild Bill Hickok met their match, and play roulette at the city's gaming halls.
Top Activities in South Dakota
Rapid City is the ideal base for a tour of Mount Rushmore National Memorial, one of the nation's most iconic sites. Marvel at the massive faces of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln; hike the Presidential Trail; and tour the Sculptor's Studio. Keep in mind that some attractions are open only from May to September, so plan accordingly.
Mount Rushmore is located amidst the dense Black Hills National Forest, a 1.2-million acre area packed with forests and mountains. A great place to explore South Dakota's natural beauty, the Black Hills boast hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, wildlife viewing, and horseback riding.
Located in central South Dakota, Badlands National Park is unlike anything you've seen. The Badlands' nearly 250,000 acres of prairie grass and unusual geological formations feature unbeatable hiking, tours of the on-site Fossil Prep Lab, and even rare opportunities to view the night sky.
Why You Should Visit South Dakota
The Mount Rushmore State has much more to offer than its majestic monuments and unforgettable national parks. South Dakota vacation rentals range from cabins on acres of land to homes just a short drive from the action. No matter what type of stay you're seeking, South Dakota delivers.
Find your perfect South Dakota vacation rental, and start planning your trip today.