South Dakota is truly a state of beautiful landscapes. With wondrous caves, lakes, and mountains, these jaw dropping places could not be more astonishing!
The outstanding beauty of the barren Badlands draws tourists from around the globe. The park stretches over 244,000 acres and is home to bison, bighorn sheep, prairie dogs, and black-footed ferrets.
2. Palisades State Park
Palisades state park is one of the most beautiful and unique sites in east river South Dakota. Split Rock Creek runs through the park between 50 ft vertical cliffs of quartzite. You can camp here in tents, campers or adorable cabins to have up-close and personal access to the trails, swimming, and jaw dropping views this park has to offer.
3. Wonderland Cave
Tours of this cave began back in 1930 and continue today. This marvelous cave is just one of many in the area that hold Stalactites, Stalagmites, Ribbon Stalactites among tons of other unique formations. Who would have known such jaw dropping views could be found underground?!
4. Pactola Lake
Set against the backdrop of the stunning Black Hills, Pactola Lake is truly breathtaking. There is no shortage of entertainment while you stop to take in the beauty. You can camp, kayak, ski, hike and even scuba dive in this lake!
5. The Needles
Located in the Black Hills, the Needles are actually enormous eroded granite pillars. These natural beauties beckon tourists and rock climbers from afar.
6. Spearfish Canyon
Of all the beautiful scenery in the Black Hills area, some claim Spearfish Canyon beats out all the other natural attractions. With 1,000 ft walls and wildlife galore, it is truly a hidden oasis in South Dakota.
7. Sylvan Lake
Sylvan Lake is known for being the perfect lake to visit when you want to rock climb, swim, and go for a hike all in one day. The twisting roads that lead you to Sylvan Lake provide jaw dropping views all the way there.
8. Falls Park
The falls from which Sioux Falls gets its name, Falls Park is in the center of South Dakota’s largest city. These falls are lit up for perfect summer walks and the park is well decorated for Christmas in the wintertime, making it a serene backdrop where many young couples get engaged.
As a life-long South Dakota resident, it is still astonishing to me that these absolutely jaw dropping views exist so near to us. How many of these jaw dropping views have you seen in person? What South Dakota wonders would you add to the list?