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Mount Rushmore National Memorial, South Dakota
Mount Rushmore National Memorial in the Black Hills of South Dakota.

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Harney Peak Lookout, South Dakota


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Sylvan Lake, Custer State Park, South Dakota

Rodeo Cowgirl, South Dakota

Bighorn Sheep, Badlands National Park, South Dakota

George Washington, Mount Rushmore National Memorial, South Dakota

Old West Cowboy, South Dakota

Badlands National Park, South Dakota

Rodeo Clown, South Dakota

Iron Mountain Road, Custer State Park, South Dakota

Reptile Gardens, South Dakota

Harney Peak Summit, South Dakota

Peter Norbeck Visitor Center, Custer State Park, South Dakota

The Needles, Custer State Park, South Dakota

Wall Drug, South Dakota

Wild Horse, South Dakota



 South Dakota
Top Attractions

Mount Rushmore National Memorial, South Dakota
                 
                  Mount Rushmore in the Black Hills of South Dakota.


"Great Faces, Great Places"
South Dakota is known as "The Mount Rushmore State", and is not only home to this iconic monument but is also home to many other fantastic
Abraham Lincoln, Mount Rushmore National Memorial, South Dakotaattractions that make South Dakota a wonderful vacation destination.  

One of its well known logos is "Great Faces, Great Places" which very accurately describes South Dakota, because in addition to Mount Rushmore National Memorial, South Dakota provides its visitors with other amazing "must see attractions" such as Wind Cave National Park, Badlands National Park, Crazy Horse Memorial, the historic Old West town of Deadwood, The Black Hills, Custer State Park, Reptile Gardens, Mammoth Site and Jewel Cave National Monument are among the many South Dakota Top Attractions that we will feature on this section of our website.  

And one of the largest motorcycle rallies in America is located at Sturgis, South Dakota where millions of people around the world congregate to simply celebrate life, freedom and the open road. The great state of South Dakota in our opinion is a national treasure, and very much worth exploring during your summer vacation!

Buffalo, Badlands National Park, South Dakota
Buffalo at Badlands National Park in South Dakota.
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Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, South Dakota
Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota.

About South Dakota:
Part of the Great American West

South Dakota is the 5th least populated state in America with only about 860,000 inhabitants, and even though this wonderful state is technically a Midwestern State, South South Dakota Wild HorsesDakota is culturally more "Western" than "Midwestern".  Loaded with "Wild West" history, South Dakota has so much Western history that it definitely qualifies as part of The Great American West.  

A prominent geological feature of South Dakota is the Missouri River running down the middle of it, bisecting South Dakota and creating two distinct halves known as "East River" and "West River", where cattle ranching and tourism is the dominant industries in the western half of the state, and farming being the most prominent industry in the fertile eastern grasslands.  

The South Dakota state capitol is located at Pierre, and the largest city in South Dakota is Sioux Falls with a population of about 165,000 people. 

Deadwood Rodeo, South Dakota
Rodeo at Deadwood South Dakota.
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South Dakota is the 17th largest state in the union, being 77,116 square miles in size.  The length of South Dakota (east to west) is 380 miles, and the width (north to south) is 210 miles.  The highest point in the state is
located at the summit of Harney Peak, which is 7,244 feet above sea level, where a very popular hiking trail takes visitors to this glorious vista.  South Dakota is bordered to the north by North Dakota, the west by Montana and Wyoming, the east by Minnesota and Iowa, and Nebraska to the south.

Harney Peak, South Dakota
Summit of Harney Peak...the highest point in South Dakota.

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Native American Heritage
Native American Tepees, South DakotaFor several millennia, humans have lived in the area known today as South Dakota, with the Sioux being the dominant Native American tribe in the early 1800s.  

When European-Americans began settling in the area during the Black Hills Gold Rush, and the development of railroads connecting the East with the West, the Indian Wars began, led by legendary warriors such as Crazy Horse. These battles ended following the infamous Wounded Knee Massacre of 1890.  

Today, there is still a very strong Native American presence, as well as First Peoples pride throughout the state of South Dakota. There are seven Indian Reservations that is home to a substantial number of Native Americans, who make up about 8% of the states total population.

Crazy Horse Memorial, South Dakota
Crazy Horse Memorial in the Black Hills of South Dakota.



Prospectors, Wild West Heroes & Villians,
Pioneers, Cowboys and Farmers

Prospectors in search of gold made their presence very known during the legendary Black Hills Gold Rush beginning in 1874.  The first upon the seen
Wild Bill Hickok of Deadwood, South Dakotawas no less than a thousand troops led by no other than 
General George Armstrong Custer, who came to the area to investigate the rumors of "gold in them thar hills", and the race was on.

The most famous town that emerged due to the gold rush was the Wild West town of Deadwood, South Dakota, where everything you would expect in a Wild West town indeed happened here.  

Deadwood was home to Wild West Legends such as Wild Bill 
Hickok and Calamity Jane, and is now a well preserved living ghost town and a major tourist destination.   And among the numerous famous writers and artists who have come out of South Dakota, no doubt the most well-known writer is Laura Ingalls Wilder, whose books center around her incredible experiences as a pioneer child of a farming family on the open frontier of what is now the state of South Dakota.  

Wild West Gunfight, Deadwood South Dakota
Wild West Gunfight in Downtown Deadwood, South Dakota.

Deadwood, South DakotaFollowing the prospectors were farmers and ranchers...who created another colorful and important chapter in South Dakota's history.  

And after surviving the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl Years, farming and ranching are still major industries in the state and a major part of the South Dakota economy.  This rich and colorful history of prospectors, cowboys and farmers is still alive and well in the state of South Dakota, and is why South Dakota is regarded an important part of The Great American West.

Wind Cave National Park, South DakotaThe Top Things To Do In South Dakota
Our goal in this South Dakota section of our EnjoyYourParks website is to feature all the Top Things To Do In South Dakota that we feel are "must sees" during your South Dakota Vacation.  

In this section, you and your family will learn exactly where to go and what to do in one of our favorite states in the Union.  So click the following link to see and explore what we feel are the Top Things To Do In South Dakota.  Prepare to be amazed!
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Badlands National Park, South Dakota
Badlands National Park in South Dakota.

Sylvan Lake, Custer State Park, South Dakota
Sylvan Lake at Custer State Park in South Dakota.

Badlands National Park, South Dakota

Mule deer, Badlands National Park, South Dakota

Needles Eye, Custer State Park, South Dakota



Deadwood Rodeo, South Dakota

Covered wagon at Wall Drug, South Dakota

Feral burro, Custer State Park, South Dakota

Black Hills of South Dakota

Mountain Goat, Black Hills of South Dakota

Mount Rushmore National Memorial, South Dalota

Deadwood South Dakota

Buffalo, Wind Cave National Park, South Dakota

Deadwood Rodeo, South Dakota

Pronghorn, Custer State Park, South Dakota

Harney Peak Lookout, South Dakota

Feral Burro, Custer State Park, South Dakota

Native American Indian Sculpture, Keystone South Dakota

Horseback rider, South Dakota

Mount Rushmore Visitor Center, South Dakota

Alligator, Reptile Gardens, South Dakota

Mount Rushmore, South Dakota




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