You may have visited or grown up in South Dakota but you’ve never seen it like this. These 10 road trips in South Dakota are so unforgettable, you are going to want to hit the road immediately. There is a little something for everyone on the list. You may have heard of a few of these but some of these adventures are sure to surprise and delight you.
1. Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary
Back in 1988, this sanctuary was started as a safe haven for unadoptable horses. These wild mustangs were too ugly, old or independent to be adopted and so they found a home here. Today you can visit this stunning park and experience the beauty and freedom these horses experience every day. The land is also home to coyotes, cougars, deer, turkeys and other birds. There are so many ways to visit the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary so you can customize your visit to make it fit your vacation timeline. Stay the night, take a bus tour or book your photography tour today. You won't regret it.
2. 1880 Cowboy Town
Populated solely by robots, 1880 Cowboy Town is an adventure you will truly never forget. Located just west of Sioux Falls, off of I-90, you have probably driven by this attraction many times without realizing it. The robots come alive when you press a button or step on sensors, making this little town so much fun. There is a saloon, fort and even a gold mine. This is a site you have to see for yourself to really appreciate.
3. Mount Rushmore
It goes without saying that a road trip to Mount Rushmore will be unforgettable. This monument is a work of art that took over 14 years to create. Each year, nearly three million people visit this National Memorial. The learning, hiking and sheer awe of this masterpiece are all reasons this must be on your summer to do list.
4. Bear Butte State Park
This stunning, sacred ground is located near Sturgis. Many American Indians say that their creator speaks to them at Bear Butte. Visit Bear Butte for the unique experience of standing in a space so integral to Native American tribes. There isn't another place like it in all of South Dakota.
5. Historic Prairie Village
Sod and log houses, a country school and a chapel railroad car are just a few of the things you can see if you visit Historic Prairie Village. Located just two miles west of Madison, this is the perfect place in South Dakota to learn about our state's history. Come visit and camp out at this attraction which is open between Mother's Day and Labor Day each year. Train rides and carousel rides are just a few more of the attractions here. A total of 40 buildings filled with antiques could take you a while to get through. Plan a full day for this awesome SD attraction.
6. Sitting Bull & Sacagawea Monuments
Two miles southwest of Mobridge, next to the Missouri River, you will find the Sitting Bull and Sacagawea Monuments. A visit to this monument is a nod to the rich history of South Dakota. The lives of Sitting Bull and Sacagawea are honored in this sacred place.
8. Triangle Ranch Bed & Breakfast
Need to get away from it all? This is the place for you! Triangle Ranch Bed & Breakfast is in the middle of nowhere, the perfect space to breathe deep and relax. You will not believe the stars you can see from out here! Be sure to stick around for a homemade breakfast that will knock your socks off.
9. Wade's Gold Mill
From gold panning to a mining museum, Wade's Gold Mill has it all. Bring the family and get ready for a good time reliving the gold rush days. They offer guided tours and gold panning or a combination of the two. The best part is, you get to go home with your own gold. Experience a bit of South Dakota history at this stop on your summer road trip.
10. Bear Country USA
Where else can you go to see bears in their natural habitat or to pet a baby bear? From spring to fall, Bear Country never ceases to amaze people young and old. If you go in the spring, you get the opportunity to pet baby bear cubs. If you go during the summer and fall, your drive through the park will be filled with bear sightings. Bring your camera because this is a vacation you never want to forget.
How many of these road trips have you already been on? What would you add to the list?