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TOP 25 ATTRACTIONS IN SOUTH DAKOTA


Mount Rushmore, South Dakota at night Yellow Mounds Overlook, Badlands National Park Mitchell Corn Palace, South Dakota

Welcome to the Bigroads.com guide to the top 25 attractions in South Dakota!

South Dakota is one of our favorite interior states, and we find ourselves returning quite often. The natural scenery is world-class, especially in the Black Hills region of the state, where you will also found a excellent slew of tourist attractions.

The list below represents our opinionated selections for the top 25 attractions in the state of South Dakota. Please take note that this list is sorted alphabetically (and not by quality or rank).

This list is part of our top 25 USA attractions series.

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ATTRACTION NAME ATTRACTION TYPE TOWN / CITY WHAT MAKES THIS ATTRACTION SO GREAT?
Badlands National Park Geologic Attractions / Scenic Views Badlands National Park outstanding prairie & badlands scenery
Bear Country U.S.A.  Zoo / Drive-Through Safari Zoo Rapid City excellent drive-thru wildlife park
Chapel In The Hills Chapel / Roadside Attraction Rapid City beautiful Norwegian stave church
Corn Palace Roadside Attraction / Offbeat Attraction Mitchell funky building with siding made of real corn
Crazy Horse Memorial Memorial / Native American Attraction Crazy Horse will be the largest monument in the world (someday)
Custer State Park State Park / Wildlife Viewing / Hiking Trails Multiple towns one of the top 10 state parks in the U.S.A.
Falls Park Nature Park / Waterfalls Sioux Falls beautiful urban park and small waterfall
George S. Mickelson Trail Bike Path / Rail Trail Multiple towns the most famous and best rail trail in the state
Harney Peak Hiking Trails / State Highpoint / Scenic Views Custer highpoint of SD; hike up to its open stone tower
Ingalls Homestead Historic Home Tours / Famous Author Site De Smet learn about the author and farm life
Iron Mountain Road Scenic Drive Multiple towns one of the best scenic drives in the state
Jewel Cave National Monument Cave / Cave Tours Custer one of the longest caves in the world; tours available
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs Natural History Museum Hot Springs amazing mammoth fossils (left in-tact in the ground)
Minuteman Missile Nat. Historic Site Military Museum Philip tour a Cold War-era ICBM missile system
Mount Rushmore National Memorial Memorial / Presidential Attraction Keystone famous presidential attraction; a must-visit
National Music Museum Music Museum / Music Museum Vermillion celebrates all things music & instruments
Needles Highway Scenic Drive Custer one of the best scenic drives in the state
Reptile Gardens Reptile Zoo Rapid City perhaps the finest reptile-focused zoo in the world
SculptureWalk Sioux Falls Sculpture Park Sioux Falls urban walk past numerous sculptures
St. Joseph Cathedral Church / Chapel Sioux Falls most attractive traditional church in the state
Storybook Island Amusement Park Rapid City very good child-friendly amusement park
Storybook Land Amusement Park Aberdeen Wizard & Oz and nursery rhyme themed-park for kids
Wall Drug / Wall Drug Store Shopping / Gift Shop Wall perhaps the world's most famous gift shop
Wildlife Loop State Scenic Byway Scenic Drive / Wildlife Viewing Multiple towns outstanding wildlife watching opportunities
Wind Cave National Park Cave / Cave Tours / Wildlife Viewing Wind Cave National Park great cave tours offered daily

the daily lighting of Mount Rushmore during the summer season, South Dakota
the daily lighting of Mount Rushmore during the summer season, South Dakota

the infamous Wall Drug Store, Wall, South Dakota
the infamous Wall Drug Store, Wall, South Dakota

Yellow Mounds Overlook, Badlands National Park
Yellow Mounds Overlook, Badlands National Park

buffalo along a park road in Wind Cave National Park, South Dakota
buffalo along a park road in Wind Cave National Park, South Dakota

Badlands National Park, South Dakota
Badlands National Park, South Dakota

"Box Work" in Wind Cave National Park, South Dakota
"Box Work" in Wind Cave National Park, South Dakota

more Badlands National Park scenery
more Badlands National Park scenery

Needles Highway, Custer State Park, South Dakota
Needles Highway, Custer State Park, South Dakota

RUNNER-UPS: ATTRACTIONS THAT ALMOST MADE THE TOP 25 LIST



Here are a list of other great attractions in the state of South Dakota that we considered for the top 25 list above. Please email us @ gparsons66@hotmail.com if you think there are any other attractions of this quality that we should be considering, either for this runners-up list or for the top 25 attractions list itself.

ATTRACTION NAME ATTRACTION TYPE TOWN / CITY
1880 Train / Black Hills Central Railroad Railroad Keystone
Akta Lakota Museum Living History Museum / Native American Attraction Chamberlain
Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary, The Animal Sanctuary / Petroglyphs Hot Springs
Broken Boot Gold Mine Mine Tours / Gold Mine Deadwood
Children's Museum of South Dakota Children's Museum Brookings
Historic Old Town Shopping Deadwood
Museum of Geology Natural History Museum / Mineral Museum Rapid City
Prairie Berry Winery Winery / Wine Tasting Hill City
Rushmore Cave Cave / Cave Tours Keystone
South Dakota's Original 1880 Town History Museum Murdo
Spearfish Falls Waterfalls Savoy
Tatanka: Story of the Bison Sculpture Park / Native American Attraction Deadwood

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