South Dakota Hotel Reservations
Visiting South Dakota
In the springtime, South Dakota sheds its snowy winter coat to welcome visitors with sunny days, an expansive countryside teeming with a vibrant array of wildlife, and an event calendar chock-full of fun for the whole family. Though the Mount Rushmore State’s most iconic parks lie on its western side, nature lovers visiting the central and eastern regions of South Dakota are never too far from outdoor fun this season.
After Fort Randall, near Yankton, welcomes bird watchers from all over the world for the 2015 South Dakota Birding Festival, in early May, the Sioux Falls Bird Club continues to celebrate migrations throughout the summer. See migrating warblers on May 16th and nesting songbirds on June 6th.
Foodies and fans of country cookin’ flock to the W.H. Lyon Fairgrounds in Sioux Falls for the 18th Annual Campbell’s Ribfest, May 28th through 31st. There’s a little something for everyone in store – festivities include musical performances by big names like Cheap Trick and Uncle Kracker and there will even be a KidzFest on Sunday at 5 p.m.
To the north, near Watertown, Fort Sisseton welcomes families with a celebration of the way things were. The 2015 Fort Sisseton Historic Festival invites you to step back into frontier life, June 5th through 7th, to witness cavalry, infantry, fur trapper, and settler reenactments as well as period song and dance, medicine shows, and arts and crafts.
Literary buffs, theatre buffs, and fans of the Little House on the Prairie gather in De Smet, near Huron, for the 2015 Laura Ingalls Wilder Pageant. Each weekend in July, the writings of the famous author are brought to life through a series of family-friendly, outdoor stage performances. Bring lawn chairs, blankets, and maybe even a jacket or sweatshirt – the prairie evenings are known to be quite cool.
Numerous attractions in the capital city of Pierre present visitors with plenty of personality, while the immediate surroundings promise opportunities for outdoor adventures. Get a sense of the state’s native and post-Columbian history at the South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center, with highlights like the Sioux Horse Effigy Dancing Stick, and Native American artifact.
Head north of Pierre and check out the Oahe Dam. Holding back the Missouri River, the massive structure is a sight to behold, rivaling the scale of the Hoover Dam. And the resulting Lake Oahe yields just about every kind of water recreation there is, from fly fishing and boating to pheasant hunting on the shores.
Travel Region Favorites
- South Dakota’s 5 National Parks
Badlands National Park
Check out five sites in southwestern South Dakota's Black Hills operated by the National Park Service, including Mt. Rushmore.
- 6 Awesome Museums in SD!
South Dakota Museums
South Dakota visitors looking for some informative and entertaining destinations can visit these six musuems located throughout Rapid City and the surrounding regions.
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