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South Dakota is a Midwestern state in the United States. It is named after the Lakota and Dakota [ Sioux ] American Indian tribes.

South Dakota is bordered to the north by North Dakota, to the south by Nebraska, to the east by Iowa and Minnesota, and to the west by Wyoming and Montana.

South Dakota is one of the six states of the Frontier Strip.

Counties in South Dakota.

Cities in South Dakota : Aberdeen, Brookings, Deadwood, Huron, Lead, Madison, Mitchell, Rapid City, Sioux Falls - Largest City, Sturgis, Watertown, Yankton

Capital City South Dakota : Pierre.

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Hotels in South Dakota

  Booking   -   Hotel Guide South Dakota
Hotels in Rapid City, North Sioux City, Aberdeen, Yankton.

Centrally located hotels ranging from small family run budget accommodation to world-class five star hotels.

    -   Motel 6 and Red Roof   -    

Camping / Campgrounds / RV Parks

  Go Camping America
  Koa   -   Campgrounds of America
  National Park Service Campground and Tour Reservation Site
  Funroads   -   Get Outta Town!

Car Rentals South Dakota

Car rental

Car Rental USA  Sixt   -    

National Parks / State Parks

  Badlands National Park

  South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks

  National Park Service

Travel Agents / Tour Operators

   -   Create your perfect trip South Dakota
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Local Travel Organizations / Tour Operators :

  Travel South Dakota   -   South Dakota Tourism - What is the Spirit of America?
It's magnificent scenery and breathtaking beauty. Crystal clear waters and bright blue skies. It's history and legendary characters like Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane. It's a modern-day adventure that lets you roam among the buffalo in Custer State Park or explore the moon-like surfaces of Badlands National Park. The spirit of America is what dares us to dream and moves us to carve mountains.
Capture this spirit in South Dakota with a visit to Mount Rushmore National Memorial or Laura Ingalls Wilder's childhood home in De Smet. Feel it as you visit the Falls of the Big Sioux River or kayak down the Missouri River. You will be inspired by it as you explore our rich Old West history and proud American Indian heritage.
So what is the spirit of America? Come to South Dakota and discover it for yourself.

Travel Guides South Dakota /  Travel Related Books

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The Rough Guide to the USA (Rough Guide Travel Guides) 
By Samantha Cook, Tim Perry (Editor), Greg Ward (Editor)
The Rough Guide to the USA is the most comprehensive and colourful guide to the fifty states available. There are lively accounts of every region and attraction from the bright lights of Broadway to the vast open plains of Wyoming. The guide gives refreshingly opinionated reviews of the established sights and landmarks as well as uncovering many of the lesser-known gems, allowing the visitor to make the most of their trip. There are feature boxes that provide information on a variety of subjects from the Delta blues to the geology of the Grand Canyon. There are also maps and plans to help you navigate around the major attractions, inner city streets or interstates
Paperback 1440 pages (October 28, 2004); Publisher: Rough Guides
USA (Lonely Planet Country Guides S.) 
By Loretta Chilcoat, Susan Derby, Beth Greenfield, Carolyn Hellor
This Lonely Planet guide covers all 50 U.S. states. It is packed with pre-trip planning advice, itinerary suggestions, distance charts and tips on the most interesting way of getting from A to B.
Paperback 1164 pages (March 2004); Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications
Historic Deadwood in the Black Hills of South Dakota
These are the fabled Black Hills of South Dakota, an oasis of pine-clad mountains on the Great Plains. The Black Hills offer everything you expect from a mountain vacation: five national parks, scenic drives, waterfalls , abundant wildlife, acclaimed recreation trails and trout fishing. A place where bison and wild horses still roam free.

Transportation / How do I get to South Dakota

Pierre Airport   -   Pierre Regional Airport


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  Airline Tickets South Dakota / Bargain Flights

  South Dakota Department of Transportation   -   Traveler information

  Maps of South Dakota [ Uni Texas   -   Perry-Castaņeda Library   -   Map Collection ]


  Travel South Dakota   -   South Dakota Tourism - What is the Spirit of America?

  Southeast South Dakota Tourism
Dakota heritage pervades this region. Every landmark tells a story, from the quartzite cliffs of Palisades State Park to the falls of the Big Sioux River to the picturesque chalkstone bluffs of the Missouri River. Tranquil scenes of canoes on a lazy river, shady campsites, woodland trails, and colorful ethnic festivals greet guests. Every event, from threshing bees to powwows, captures the spirit of the people. Lewis & Clark explored this region with great delight, discovering new adventure at every turn. Make your own adventure in Southeast South Dakota.

  State of South Dakota [ Government ]

  City of Pierre   -   Capital City South Dakota

  Pierre Chamber of Commerce -
As two of South Dakota's oldest settlements, Pierre and Fort Pierre combine the history, heritage and culture of the American West with unparalleled year-round outdoor recreation on the Missouri River.
** Enjoy unparalleled year-round outdoor recreation on the Missouri River and the rolling hills and prairies of the Great Plains.
** Acquire a new perspective on the past by standing on the site where Lewis and Clark met the Teton Sioux.
** Stroll our friendly downtowns and wide-open spaces to learn what makes the Pierre area a great place to live, work and play.

  Dell Rapids
  Rapid City   -   Rapid City and the Black Hills CVB
Rapid City is your bridge to some of the most intriguing and beautiful attractions in America: The inspirational Mt. Rushmore National Memorial, the visionary Crazy Horse Memorial, and the tranquil Black Hills National Forest with its abundant wildlife. There are mountains at our doorstep, filled to the brim with incredible scenery and crystal blue lakes. There are herds of buffalo roaming Custer State Park, the Badlands and Devils Tower. Everywhere you look, anywhere you go, Rapid City truly is "Real. America. Up close."
  Sioux Falls
  Spearfish   -   Naturally Inviting Spearfish
Your Black Hills vacation begins in Spearfish with a breathtaking tour along Spearfish Canyon National Scenic Byway. Continue your adventure through the Black Hills National Forest to visit Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Devils Tower National Monumanet, and Deadwood, an entire town on the National Historic Register.

  Black Hills Attractions   -   Family Approved Attractions for the Black Hills and western South Dakota
Besides the Black Hills scenery and national parks, you will find a sur-prising array of fun attractions that you and your kids will enjoy together. The best of these fun spots have joined together into a trade association called "Family Approved Attractions" and have pledged themselves to a code of quality control.
  Blackhills and Badlands
These are the legendary Black Hills of South Dakota and Wyoming, an oasis of pine-clad mountains on the Great Plains. Home of Mt. Rushmore and Crazy Horse Memorials. The Black Hills offer everything you expect from a mountain vacation: five national parks, scenic drives, waterfalls, abundant wildlife, acclaimed recreational trails and trout fishing. A place where bison and wild horses still roam free.
  Black Hills Maze
Get lost in the Black Hills Maze on your next family vacation. It's a must stop for family fun and games. Enjoy the outdoor maze and other games for kids and adults.
  Corn Palace   -   Corn Palace Convention & Visitors Bureau
The Corn Palace in Mitchell, South Dakota is a popular tourist destination, visited by over 500,000 people each year. It consists of a building that is decorated with murals and designs made from corn and other grains.
  Corn Palace Stampede
Every third weekend in July thousands of people gather here to attend the nightly PRCA rodeo performances, as well as the many other entertaining activities that are provided throughout Rodeo Week. In August, the Corn Palace Stampede Rodeo Committee, in conjunction with Dakotafest, sponsors the Bull Bash.
  Coteau des Prairies
The Coteau des Prairies is a plateau, approximately 200 miles in length and 100 miles in width (320 by 160 km) , rising from the prairie flatlands in eastern South Dakota and southwestern Minnesota in the United States.
James River
  Jewel Cave National Monument   -   2nd Longest Cave in the World
With more than 135 miles surveyed, Jewel Cave is recognized as the second longest cave in the world.
Lewis and Clark Trail
Lewis and Clark traveled through South Dakota in 1804 and 1806 on their journey to the West Coast. They had many adventures in our state. You can, too, when you follow the Lewis and Clark Trail.
  Mount Rushmore
Mount Rushmore National Memorial, near Keystone, South Dakota, is a United States Presidential Memorial that represents the first 150 years of the history of the United States of America with the 60-foot (18 m) sculptures of former U.S. Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln. See NPS or American Park Network
  Missouri River
The Missouri River is a tributary of the Mississippi River in the United States. The Missouri begins at the confluence of the Madison, Jefferson, and Gallatin rivers in Montana, and flows into the Mississippi north of St. Louis, Missouri. At about 2,315 mi (3,725 km) in length, it drains approximately one-sixth of the North American continent.
South Dakota cities along the Missouri river : Chamberlain, Fort Pierre, Fort Thompson, Lower Brule, Mobridge, Oacoma, Pickstown, Pierre, Springfield and Yankton.
  Road To Rushmore Family Attractions   -   the finest in the Black Hills of South Dakota
  Spearfish Canyon -
Originally, a great sea covered this area. When the waters started to subside, the canyon was carved out by water eroding away the softer rock. The land was also pushed up from underneath by volcanic action. After many years, the water carved out the channel we have come to call "Spearfish Canyon". See
  Wall Drug Store
The Wall Drug Store got its start during the Depression years by offering Free Ice Water to thirsty travelers and by building its reputation on friendly service.
If you are traveling through South Dakota, stop and see! Have a bite to eat . . . look at all the memorabilia . . .enjoy the art gallery . . . there's shopping galore . . . have fun with the kids in the big Back yard and, of course, have a glass of the famous FREE Ice Water!
  Wind Cave   -   4th Longest Cave in the World
One of the world's longest and most complex caves and 28,295 acres of mixed-grass prairie, ponderosa pine forest, and associated wildlife are the main features of the park. See NPS or Wind Cave National Park
  Yankton Sioux Tribal Tourism Association
Breathtaking views of the Missouri River with seemingly endless skies where you can see Eagles soaring over your head. Enjoy the outdoors with camping, beaches, hunting and fishing and a host of activites for families.

  News   -   The Capital Journal   -   South Dakota newspaper since 1881
  Radio   -   South Dakota Public Broadcasting
  TV   -   South Dakota Public Broadcasting
  University   -   University of South Dakota
  University   -   Black Hills State University

Cuisine   -   South Dakota Recipes

  NativeTech Recipes from the Woodland Culture Area   -   Corn Balls (Wahuwapa Wasna)
This Dakota Indian recipe uses dried corn kernels and dried chokeberries.
  Dakota Growers Pasta Company
Collection of recipes that are designed to use this pasta line grown and created in South Dakota. Crunchy Rotini Salad, Prairie Noodle Kugel, and Macaroni Chili are a taste of the treats available here.
Pasta is one of the most nutritious foods. It's high in protein and carbohydrates and is a super source of energy for active people. One serving of pasta contains only 210 calories and less than 1 gram of fat. It is cholesterol and sodium free.
  South Dakota Beef Industry Council   -   For great beef recipes and how-to's
  Zucchini Lemon Bread
This tasty recipe is courtesy of former Governor William J. Janklow of South Dakota The recipe is a delightful taste of South Dakota cuisine.   -   South Dakota Pumpkin Patch Recipes
Roasted Pumpkin Seeds, Pumpkin Soup, and Traditional Pumpkin Pie can be made with the help of the recipes here.
  Pheasant Country South Dakota Pheasant Hunting   -   see Recipes
Garlic Pheasant, Pheasant Strips, and Crock of Bird are only a few of the pheasant recipes.
  American Lamb Board   -   Dakota Lamb Recipes
Sheep are one of the products raised in South Dakota. Indian Lamb and Lentils is one of the recipes you can try.

  Historic American Recipes 
Apple-Fritters | Dough-Nuts | Cocoa-nut Drops | Molasses Gingerbread | Common Gingerbread | Election Cake | Indian Meal Pudding | Fried Sweet Potatoes | Sweet Potato Pie | Beef-Stake | German Chicken Stew | Jack Rabbit Stew | To Roast a Pig | Broiled Scrod | To boil a Cod's Head.

History South Dakota

South Dakota's history reads like an adventure story. It's a tale of Plains Indians, explorers and pioneers. And it features names like Crazy Horse, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Lewis and Clark, and Wild Bill Hickok. When you visit South Dakota, you'll find many opportunities to experience first-hand our rich history and heritage.

  South Dakota History - Wikipedia

  National Park Service  -  Links to the past
Explore America's cultural resources - buildings, landscapes, archeological sites, ethnographic resources, objects and documents, structures and districts.

Music, Arts & Culture, Entertainment

South Dakota is the home of the Dakota, Lakota and Nakota tribes, which make up the Sioux Nation.

  Arts Alive - South Dakota
For people who cherish South Dakota's art and cultural resources.
  Corn Palace Festival

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