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Head to Vermillion & Check Out the University of South Dakota

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Tour the areas in and around the University of South Dakota.

In the southeastern corner of South Dakota, find the city of Vermillion, nestled along the Missouri River and not far from the SD-NE border.

Enjoy an accommodating stay in Vermillion and check out the University of South Dakota.

You'll find a wealth of exciting area attractions surrounding the campus of USD – visit soon and checkout nearby cities like Yankton or Elk Point

A public, co-ed school, the University of South Dakota was established in 1862 on a campus of more than 280 acres, making it the oldest public university in South Dakota. 

Exploring a university campus might not be first on the wish list for your visit into South Dakota, but you'll find a variety of desirable things to see and do – especially near Vermillion. 

Explore the USD campus on a guided tour and enjoy top sights like the Bailey and Kathy Aalfs Auditorium, the Coyote Village, or the Beacon Hall. Be sure to keep your camera ready and snap a few pics of Muenster University Center, a sterling example of modern architecture blending with older, more classic designs around campus. 

After your campus tour, head on out and explore Vermillion. Plan for a festive picnic at Cotton Park – with its southern ridge bordering the Vermillion River, you'll have stunning views as you enjoy your lunch. Prentis Park is another top choice and is found just east of downtown Vermillion, adjacent to the USD campus. Just west of campus, be sure to check out Barstow Park

During the spring or summer enjoy the pleasant South Dakota weather with a round of 18 holes at The Bluffs Golf Course. Drive in from Sioux Falls and try for the course record – or at least aim for under 100. 

South Dakota University features some highlights for the sports fans visiting the area. The USD Coyotes compete with 15 varsity level teams across sports like basketball, soccer, cross country, and football.

Head to the DakotaDome during your fall visit and check out the USD Coyotes play football games in the Missouri Valley Football Conference. The DakotaDome is a multi-purpose facility, seating more than 10,000 fans and acting as the home of the USD Coyotes men's and women's basketball teams, too. 

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