Enjoy a fun-filled road trip this summer!

Explore South Dakota

Hit the road this summer and explore some amazing places. 
 

1880 Train, Hill City

Enjoy a relaxing 20-mile (2 hour) round trip ride between Hill City and Keystone, full of interesting scenery and more. Enjoy information about train, the Black Hills and also points of interest along the route.

 

Bear Country USA, Rapid City

Situated in just over 200 acres in the midst of towering pines and rolling meadows find intimate views of most North American wildlife. Enjoy a leisurely three-mile drive through the park and be on the lookout for black bear, elk, reindeer, and so much more.

 

Custer State Park

Situated in the Black Hills and spanning over 71,000 acres of spectacular terrain, it's a great place for a fun-filled, family adventure. The park is home to a heard of bison as well as other wildlife such as pronghorn antelope, mountain goats, bighorn sheep, and more.

 

Bear Butte State Park

For a wonderful getaway into Nature, travel to just outside of Sturgis and enjoy all that Bear Butte State Parks has to offer. Enjoy hiking, camping, fishing and boating in a setting of igneous rock.

 

Sertoma Butterfly House & Marine Cove

Take a wonderful walk with more than 800 flying creatures and see hundreds of marine animals from across the world. Do all this and more at the Sertoma Butterfly House & Purdy Marine Cove. Open year-round, visiting is like a trip to the tropics.

 

Crazy Horse Memorial

Rising from the granite and iron of the mountain is the impressive work of Sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski - the Crazy Horse Memorial. Dedicated to honoring and preserving the culture of the Native Americans, the Memorial stands tall among the beautiful Black Hills.

 

Sturgis Motorcycle Museum and Hall of Fame

The Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame has been home to an ever growing collection of motorcycles. Collectors from all over loaned the new Museum a selection of vintage and rare V-twin and metric motorcycles, so that visitors could have a wonderful glimpse into this world of two wheels.

 

South Dakota Hall of Fame, Chamberlain

The South Dakota Hall of Fame was established to recognize and honor those individuals championing a culture of excellence for all of South Dakota. Individuals from all walks of life are recognized including Laura Ingalls Wilder, Tom Brokaw, L. Frank Baum, Billy Mills and Bob Barker.

 

Festivals and Events

Summer is South Dakota is a great time to take in festivals, rodeos, fairs, and other great events. 

 

Jewel Cave, Custer

Named for the crystals that line its walls, Jewel Cave National Monument is the third-longest cave in the world. This attraction features a variety of cave tours below the forest, and a 1,279-acre park with nature trails above ground.

 

Children's Museum of South Dakota, Brookings

The Children's Museum of South Dakota is a fun-filled and entertaining place, dedicated to sparking learning through imagination, creativity, and discovery. Inside and outside exhibits cover a multitude of subjects including science, engineering, art, literature, culture, geography, and history.

 

National Music Museum, Vermillion

If you love all things music, this is the place for you! Have a toe tapping good time exploring what the New York Times described as the "largest and most important collections of of historical musical instruments in the world."

 

Black Hills Open Top Tours

If you're looking for a unique way to explore the Black Hills, Badlands and surrounding areas, book a ride with Black Hills Open Top Tours. Using comfortable, distinctive, convertible top tour vehicles, their tours include historical information and wonderfully personalized experience.

 

Palisades State Park, Garretson

One of the most unique areas, Palisades State Park has wonderful perks such as Split Rock Creek, which flows through the park. The creek is lined with Sioux quartzite formations - from shelves several feet above the water to 50-foot vertical cliffs

 

Wonderland Cave, Nemo

Wonderland Cave is one of the largest collections of crystal formations in the Midwest, including stalactites, stalagmites, helictites, flowstone and dogtooth spar, approximately 60 million years old.

 

Wounded Knee The Museum, Wall

Wounded Knee the Museum is a memorial to those killed at Wounded Knee Creek on December 28, 1890. They work hard to preserve the memory of the victims by encouraging visitors to learn more about the events.

 

Trips Outside South Dakota

All within an easy drive, venture just beyond the South Dakota state line to find fabulous fun.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grand Canyon Rail

It's a bit of a drive to Williams, Arizona, but well worth the trip once you board the Grand Canyon Railway train for a fun-filled adventure to this natural wonder. Be entertained aboard the train by the antics of Old West characters and the tunes of strolling musicians. There is even a Wild West Shootout with the Cataract Creek Gang before the train leaves.  Pick a package that visits the Canyon for the day or stay longer with one that includes a stay right in the Park.

Reservations, Maps, Tips & More

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Reservations

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