South Dakota is one of the top 25 places to visit in the US, and, probably, best known for being home to the surreal Badlands National Park, and the head-stone structures of famous Presidents.
If you are an outdoor enthusiast, you’d love exploring places such as the Badlands, the Black Hills Forest and spotting wildlife such as wild burros and bison. If you visit South Dakota, you're bound to have an enjoyable time that will leave lasting memories. Hope you enjoy my list of interesting places to visit in South Dakota:
The town of Keystone is located within the Black Hills National Forest and it’s first on my list of interesting places to visit in South Dakota. If you’re visiting the state for the first time, it’s a good idea to spend a couple of days in the town of Keystone to explore the landmarks and natural attractions within Black Hills National Forest.
One of the most interesting places nearby Keystone that you wouldn’t want to miss is the stunning Mount Rushmore National Memorial with the head-sculptures of the US presidents Jefferson, Lincoln, Roosevelt and Washington.
If you do plan on visiting the Mt. Rushmore Memorial during the day, don’t miss the very entertaining evening lighting ceremony event to find out more about Mt. Rushmore Memorial.
There are other family attractions in Keystone such as the President's Alpine Slide with fun rides, and the Big Thunder Gold Mine where you can pan for gold.
Next on the list of interesting places to visit in South Dakota is the town of Crazy Horse. This town is home to an equally impressive head-stone sculpture - Crazy Horse Mountain Memorial.
Crazy Horse town is just about 50 minutes drive southwest of Keystone, so it’s within driving range for a day trip from Keystone.
Apart from being able to see the amazing head-sculpture of Chief Crazy Horse, there are also a couple of museums on-site where you can learn more about Chief Crazy Horse.
While you’re in the Crazy Horse area, don’t miss checking out the highest peak in the state of South Dakota - Harney Peak.
At the top of the peak, you will find an old stone lookout tower where you can get memorable views of the Black Hills National Forest.
Custer State Park
Custer State Park is another of the interesting places to visit in South Dakota that you’d want to add to your itinerary.
If you love the outdoors and want to enjoy fun family outdoor activities, Custer State Park is one of the best places for this.
In one hand, you’d be able to do a lot of wildlife viewing and spot wildlife such as the majestic bison and even coyotes.
If you travel during the warm months, you can also enjoy a bit of paddle-boating and canoeing on Sylvan Lake.
Black Hills National Forest
The Black Hills National Forest, located near the border with Wyoming and Nebraska, is certainly one of the best places to see fall foliage in South Dakota, and one of the best ways to take in the views and marvel at the different shades of red, orange and yellow is while driving along the Peter Norbeck National Scenic Byway.
If you drive the entire byway, you’ll actually go past attractions such as the Mt. Rushmore Memorial and Crazy Horse Memorial.
The sheer isolation of the landscape with strange rock formations, unique wildlife and pristine scenery will simply blow you away!
If you’re looking to do some kind of historic tour, I would add Sioux Falls city to the list of interesting places to visit in South Dakota because of the many historic buildings found here.
Sioux Historic District is actually on the National Register of Historic Places and the district boasts hundreds of early 20th century structures and many palatial homes such as St. Joseph Cathedral and Pettigrew Home & Museum.
Dinosaur Park is another interesting place you can check out in Rapid City if you’ve got time. It’s basically a park with Dinosaur sculptures (great for a picture-taking opportunity) on top of a hill so it offers nice views of the area around.