So you have guests coming to visit and you’re at a loss for where to take them. We’ve all been there. When you take a second to think of all the amazing adventures South Dakota has to offer, you can start to realize there are actually a ton of awesome places that your friends and family need to see! Here are just a few of the underrated places in South Dakota that will wow an out-of-towner.
1. Cascade Falls and Hot Springs
Located near Hot Springs, this secluded swimming area is a local favorite. Though it's a bit off the beaten path, visitors say it is worth the time it takes to find it. Your out-of-towners will love spending the day in the sun, picnicking and swimming at Cascade Falls.
2. Downtown Trolley
The best part of this underrated activity is that it actually transports you from one activity to the next! Which means each part of your trip is a little more fun.
3. Custer State Park
Not to be forgotten are our beloved state parks. Custer State Park is located in the Black Hills. With its abundant wildlife and jaw-dropping scenery, there couldn't be a better place to take your visitors.
4. Air and Space Museum
This museum is seriously awesome. The awe and wonder that surround flight and space come to life in Box Elder, SD. Learning has never been more fun than seeing real-life bombers and missiles on display.
5. McRory Gardens
In Brookings, these 70 acres of land are brimming with flowers, trees and birds that will leave your visitors in awe.
6. Art Alley in Rapid City
The perfect outdoor art gallery is located in Rapid City. A safe alley where you can watch artists live painting is the perfect place to experience some South Dakota arts culture. This is an attraction unlike any other.
7. Sica Hollow
Sica Hollow is a state park with rich history and stunning views. Take a hike on the "Trail of the Spirits". This park is one your guests will never forget.
8. Wild Bill Hickock's Grave
What better place to take your guests than a cemetery?! But seriously, this is the burial place of Wild Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane and Seth Bullock - all South Dakota legends. In following with tradition, this unique cemetery has a flag flying above it 24 hours per day.
9. Newton Hills State Park
Down in the southeastern corner of the state is this perfect little state park known as Newton Hills. With its hikes, horses and scenic views, it is a must-visit. Take your guests out for a weekend of camping and some peace and quiet at this stunning state park.
Have you been to all of these underrated places in South Dakota? What would you add to our list?