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Wide open spaces with outstanding natural features bring visitors to South Dakota, and we offer the finest accommodations available for them. Visit Falls Park for one of its popular annual festivals and stay at one of our family-friendly Sioux Falls hotels. The far western region of the state boasts Mt. Rushmore, and many visitors choose a nearby Rapid City hotel for convenience. Explore our Guide - we offer great prices and the best selection of hotels available.

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Likely considered to be “flyover country” by some people, they just couldn’t be more wrong about South Dakota. This state is, rather, God’s Country, with more parkland, outdoor activities and historic sites than you can imagine. The two largest cities lie at opposite ends of I-90, with Sioux Falls to the east and Rapid City to the west; this major interstate offers travelers opportunities for South Dakota hotel accommodations.

The state is also divided east and west by the Missouri National Recreational River. The east region is more populous, with Sioux Falls besting 225,000 residents; the area is one of the fastest growing in the country – you may end up wanting to move here, too! Falls Park, on the Sioux River, sports a beautiful waterfall, 5-story viewing tower and café and is site of many annual festivals. The largely rural west region is greatly dependent upon tourism, with hunting and fishing contributing major dollars to the economy.

Rapid City, with a population near 70,000, offers the shopping, dining and services you would expect, but it is her surroundings which really shine. A must-see attraction just 30 minutes southwest of Rapid City, the patriotic granite carvings of Mt. Rushmore are witnessed by millions each year. This National Memorial is found within the Black Hills National Forest, where you will also find the following:  Wind Cave National Park, featuring an amazing complex of caves featuring the unusual “boxwork” formations; Custer State Park’s 18-mile Wildlife Loop Road where you will see a huge herd of bison and its four crystal blue lakes for trout fishing; Historic National Landmark mining town, Deadwood (casinos are located here!; and Crazy Horse Memorial, an in-progress memorial to the Dakota warrior who defeated Custer.  For winter action in this area, check out the Black Hills Snowmobile Trails, 350 miles of groomed trails through deep canyons, pine forests and to pinnacles with outstanding views.

Badlands National Park is located about an hour and a half to the east of Rapid City; it offers over a quarter million acres where you can explore rich fossil beds, camp and hike in relative peace and quiet, with only the wind in your ears. The capital city of Pierre lies between the two major cities, chosen for its geographical location, is the second smallest of the state capitals. Visit South Dakota to see for yourself that this is no flyover country!

Best South Dakota Parks

Badlands National Park

Unique, fragile formations, an array of animals from cute prairie dogs to Bighorn Sheep and an enormous expanse of mixed-grass prairie are all found in the Badlands. Visitors have a wide choice of hiking trails from which to choose; the curvy and scenic Badlands Loop Road is open to cyclists. Summer months bring a variety of ranger-led programs and walks, including popular awe-inspiring night sky observation through  state-of-the-art telescopes. Find Discount Hotels near Badlands National Park.

Custer State Park

Found in the Black Hills of South Dakota, don’t be surprised if you have to stop along the Park’s 18-mile Wildlife Loop Road due to some of the 1,300 free-roaming bison standing in the road! The 17-mile Iron Mountain Road, featuring 3 tunnels, connects the park with Mount Rushmore – it is meant to be driven slowly so you can enjoy the spectacular scenery. Trout fish in one of four crystal clear lakes; watch for Badger Hole cabin where poet laureate Charles Badger Clark lived for 30 years. Find Discount Hotels near Custer State Park.

Mount Rushmore National Memorial

Millions of people visit each year to marvel at the enormous faces of Presidents Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt carved into the side of a mountain. A fully-accessible walk with a park ranger along the Presidential Trail brings you to the base of the colossal carving. You can learn about the Black Hills of South Dakota and this historical symbol of freedom and hope, plus the tools and techniques used to carve it. Find Discount Hotels near Mount Rushmore National Memorial

Wind Cave National Park

One of the world's largest known caves, with over 135 miles of mapped passages, earned its name from the sometimes strong winds at its entrance. Guided tours are offered daily to explore its unusual honeycomb-shaped formations known as boxwork. Above ground features include 3 nature trails, each a mile long loop, 30 miles of hiking trails and auto roads, all of which bring the opportunity to see bison, prairie dogs and a variety of wildlife. Horseback riding is also popular and requires a permit. Find Discount Hotels near Wind Cave National Park.

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