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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Ramblings about Crazy Horse Memorial

Written by btwood2 on 22 Aug, 2004

Even before going to see Crazy Horse Memorial, I thought it was pretty cool that his "image" was being carved into the Black Hills, if for no other reason than to give some balance to the Rushmore Four. I was mildly surprised…Read More


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Badlands

Written by Casual Tourist on 28 Sep, 2000

The Badlands are beautiful, vast and forboding. On one visit we took advantage of the helicopter tour over the area. The view was breath-taking. It's been a while and I'm not so sure of my memory but the cost was somewhere between…Read More


Happy New Year, Deadwood-Style

Written by Mandan Lynn on 27 Aug, 2007

Deadwood is a pretty cool town in its own right. It’s the former stomping grounds of Wild West heroes such as Calamity Jane and Buffalo Bill Cody, and it’s where Wild Bill Hickok was shot and killed. For a healthy dose of western lore, visit…Read More


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Pedaling Along the Mickelson Trail

Written by Mandan Lynn on 26 Aug, 2007

The George S. Mickelson Trail is part of the state's Rails to Trails program, where they take old railroad routes and turn them into hiking/biking/horseback riding trails, and is named for our beloved governor who died in a plane crash. This trail runs 109 miles…Read More


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Main Street in Rapid City

Written by huddlesgirl on 05 Aug, 2005

With a great small-town feel, Main Street is an awesome place just to relax and walk. It’s not such a great place to go shopping, unless you are looking for a hideous wedding dress. This is the historic downtown district. Highlights include the 1914 First…Read More


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Custer, Now and Back When

Written by btwood2 on 20 Oct, 2004

We’d been trying to get to Custer for some time now. The week before, we kept getting stuck at Crazy Horse Memorial. Only 4 miles north of Custer, and just too much to see there. But following our day at Custer…Read More


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I don’t want a Pickle…

Written by btwood2 on 28 Sep, 2004

"…I just wanna ride on my motorsickle." Bikers Welcome! The signs are EVERYWHERE, even three weeks prior to the Rally. And I mean, not only in Sturgis, but in all the Black Hills towns and beyond… south in Nebraska, east to Mitchell, South…Read More


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The Town They Call Hillyo

Written by btwood2 on 30 Oct, 2004

I love Hill City’s earlier and catchier name, Hillyo, as it’s still sometimes called. It was already a tent town in 1876, when gold strikes were found up-canyon near Deadwood, causing many of its inhabitants to pack up and move closer to the sought…Read More


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Enough Billboards Already!

Written by btwood2 on 22 Aug, 2004

Doc from Ed Abbey’s "Monkey-wrench Gang" would have had a heyday in these billboard-infested hills. If you haven’t read the book, do. Doc is one of a group of eco-terrorists who starts out the story by torching a billboard. Don’t get me…Read More


Activities with kids in western South Dakota

Written by Karen S. on 30 Jul, 2005

While Lead, SD is not at the center of all the activity in South Dakota, that is what makes it so appealing. This is a ski resort town, so it is not as busy in the summer months, and although we did a lot…Read More


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