South Dakota is a pretty epic state to visit in the United States. Filled with primaries, national parks and the most gorgeous mountain ranges, South Dakota is perfect for those that love the great outdoors. Honestly, there are so many totally epic and best things to do in South Dakota that you’ll be spoilt for choice.
I’ve travelled all across the state and totally love how diverse the natural landscape is in this part of the United States. For instance, you can be meandering the heavy through the forests, or trekking the iconic Badlands National Park; I loved it.
So, to help you get the most out of your time visiting South Dakota, I wanted to share some of my favourite and best things to do in South Dakota. Have the best trip!
1.) Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Perched within the Black Hills, Mount Rushmore is probably one of South Dakota’s most iconic places to visit.
In fact, Mount Rushmore is one of the most visited memorials in South Dakota. Around a 30-minute drive from Rapid City, it’s really easy to visit Mount Rushmore as part of a day trip in South Dakota, or a wider trip across the state.
After arriving at the huge presidential heads, make sure to follow the trails and paths that lead to one of the best viewpoints (right next to the Lincoln Borglum Visitor Center.
From this point, you’ll be able to see the colossal mountain-carved sculptures of four former American heads of state. From Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, and Theodore Roosevelt, to Abraham Lincoln. Over painstaking years, their heads were carved into granite on one side of Mount Rushmore which is said will last weathering for many thousands of years to come.
If you don’t drive or want a qualified guide, book this guided full-day tour of Mount Rushmore and the Black Hills (direct from Rapid City).
It’s a great way to explore the area, without any of the stress of navigating. Just be sure to book in advance, this tour fills up fast at peak times.
Book: Epic Mount Rushmore guided tour
2.) Sioux Falls
Visiting Sioux Falls is one of the best things to do in South Dakota if you fancy a few days’ in a smaller US city. It’s got a little bit of everything but nothing too overwhelming. This all means it can be a totally relaxing trip.
Once here, make sure to explore Falls Park and follow the trails which are stunning on a sunny day. Oh, and don’t forget to visit the Old Courthouse Museum and the historic…
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