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South Dakota’s Many Historic Sites

Corn Palaces, Vintage Trains & Gold Mines

South Dakota Historic Sites

Historic Deadwood

If you’re looking to brush up on your South Dakota history, may we suggest a few points of interest for your itinerary?

Historic Sites in South Dakota

Black Hills Central Railroad 1880 Train

Check out these museums, historic sites and just plain quirky finds of the Mount Rushmore State.

Set along the Missouri River, the city of Chamberlain is home to the South Dakota Hall of Fame – a tribute to those who have contributed to South Dakota heritage in one way or another.

Take a free tour of exhibits showcasing famed South Dakotans Crazy Horse and Tom Brokaw.

For more historical sites in the Mount Rushmore State, head east to Mitchell for a look at the well-known Corn Palace.

This fun stopping point – actually coated in decorative corn – is home to sporting events, musical performances, and the Corn Palace Festival, held annually in August.

This icon of South Dakota tourism is free to visitors, and acts as a commemoration to the state’s agricultural heritage.

The Badlands region also pays tributes to South Dakota's heritage and history. Visit Hill City – just west of Mount Rushmore and a short drive north from the Crazy Horse Memorial – for a ride on the Black Hills Central Railroad 1880 Train.

This historic steam train takes its excited passengers through the Black Hills National Forest all the way to the city of Keystone.

Looking for another attraction in the Black Hills? Try the Black Hills Mining Museum in Lead, set just southwest of Deadwood. This cultural center was constructed as an accolade to South Dakota’s gold mining days, and houses the Homestake Gold Mine exhibit – a tribute to the largest gold mine in North America.

Sign up for the 45-minute tour the Homestake Mine replica, or let the kids pan for gold – a fun activity with a gold guarantee. Vintage trains, gold panning, and corn palaces – what more could you ask for in a vacation?

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Best Western Hotels Along the Way:


Best Western Lee's Motor Inn

220 W King Avenue, Chamberlain SD 57325-1560
Phone: +1 605-234-5575  |  Fax: (605) 234-6555  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »


Best Western Hickok House

137 Charles Street, Deadwood SD 57732-1304
Phone: +1 605-578-1611  |  Fax: (605) 578-1855  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »


Best Western Golden Spike Inn & Suites

601 E Main Street, Hill City SD 57745-2002
Phone: +1 605-574-2577  |  Fax: (605) 574-4719  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

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