Overview South Dakota

Visiting South Dakota

South Dakota is Sioux country and home to some of the most notable geography in the US, including the Black Hills, Mt. Rushmore, and the haunting Badlands National Park. The state is steeped in Wild West history, laying claim to the Massacre at Wounded Knee and the infamous town of Deadwood.

So whether you’re a first-timer or a frequent visitor, a business traveler or a budget explorer, IgoUgo has all the travel-planning tools and resources you need to create a memorable vacation. Read traveler reviews of the top hotels, restaurants, and things to do, browse amazing photos; ask for advice in our friendly travel forums; and find cheap flights and hotels. Then, after your trip is over, share your travel reviews, tips, and photos with friends and fellow travelers right here on IgoUgo. ... Read More
South Dakota is Sioux country and home to some of the most notable geography in the US, including the Black Hills, Mt. Rushmore, and the haunting Badlands National Park. The state is steeped in Wild West history, laying claim to the Massacre at Wounded Knee and the infamous town of Deadwood.

So whether you’re a first-timer or a frequent visitor, a business traveler or a budget explorer, IgoUgo has all the travel-planning tools and resources you need to create a memorable vacation. Read traveler reviews of the top hotels, restaurants, and things to do, browse amazing photos; ask for advice in our friendly travel forums; and find cheap flights and hotels. Then, after your trip is over, share your travel reviews, tips, and photos with friends and fellow travelers right here on IgoUgo.    Close

Stories and Tips South Dakota

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Sturgis & Deadwood - Two unique towns with great history

Written by RoBoNC on 24 Sep, 2013

There is so much to see in the Black Hills that we could have used another day or two. While we made sure to visit all of our must see destinations, we tried to sneak in a few extra places along the way.…Read More


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Day 1 - South Dakota

Written by whenilk38 on 10 Jan, 2010

The only bad part of this trip, if there was a "bad part," was the drive to get into position for the sightseeing. I had to drive 1,500 miles to Sioux…Read More


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My Top Five Hikes in the Black Hills Region

Written by Mandan Lynn on 09 Sep, 2007

1. Harney Peak. At 7,242 feet, it's the highest point east of the Rockies and west of the Pyrenees. Make sure you go on a nice, clear day - the views will take your breath away. With a round-trip of about six miles, it's not…Read More


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Ranch Life

Written by Mandan Lynn on 28 Aug, 2007

I grew up on a ranch in South Dakota, so all the new experiences my Dutch friends had when they visited me felt like just another average day to me. Unfortunately, it has been a very dry summer, so there is very little grass --…Read More


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Working in the Theatre

Written by Mandan Lynn on 26 Aug, 2007

The Black Hills Playhouse holds a special place in my heart, and not just because I’ve been attending plays there since I was 10 years old. I’ve also spent two summers working there.The BHP is unique in that the company members live there as well…Read More


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Brazen Burros of Custer State Park

Written by btwood2 on 20 Oct, 2004

We’d barely entered the park on Iron Mountain Road when we saw about 10 or 12 burros poking around cars parked on the shoulder, and people, some inside their cars, some walking around. What were they doing? We pulled over and watched.…Read More


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Bison Rut, Custer State Park

Written by btwood2 on 20 Oct, 2004

Last year we visited both the National Bison Range in Montana as well as Yellowstone National Park. We were disappointed in the former, only seeing bison way off in the distance so they looked like dark specks on the hillsides. Yellowstone was much…Read More


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Keystone: Tacky Tourist Trap

Written by btwood2 on 30 Oct, 2004

Only 14 miles from Hill City, Keystone has chosen a more hit-‘em-over-the-head, commercial presentation of itself. It’s very centrally located, so it’s difficult to avoid it when driving anywhere. Our first introduction to Keystone was on the way to Mount Rushmore.…Read More


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Lakota – Dakota – Nakota

Written by btwood2 on 09 Nov, 2004

After our visit to Crazy Horse Memorial last summer, thoughts were spilling out of my brain at lightning speed. It’s four months later, and now that I’m in Arizona for the winter, it’s almost as if my thoughts have congealed. Not congealed, exactly,…Read More


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Scenic Drives, Hikes, Bikes, and Rides

Written by btwood2 on 22 Aug, 2004

Probably the best way to get a feeling for the real Paha Sapa is to attempt to escape civilization by taking to the trails. There are lots of trails that run through the hills. On one of our first drives into the hills,…Read More


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