South Dakota May 17, 2017
The 5 Very Best Day Trips You Can Possibly Take In South Dakota
What are you doing this weekend? It might be time to hop in the car and go off exploring for the day. Here are five day trips around the state that are perfect for the spring weather we’re experiencing.
1. Head to Sioux Falls for parks, art and nature.
South Dakota's largest city has plenty to see and do. Start with Falls Park, where you can go for a stroll, enjoy the falls and grab a snack at Falls Overlook Cafe.
Head for the downtown area and take the SculptureWalk Tour. Peruse the shops, grab a meal and enjoy all the art!
Spend some time at the Butterfly House & Aquarium. 4320 S. Oxbow Avenue.
2. Visit Pierre for government, culture and science.
Pierre is a pretty city with plenty to offer. Start with the State Capitol, a beautiful, historic building that you can tour every day of the week.
The Cultural Heritage Center is chock full of artifacts and interactive exhibits that teach you about South Dakota's history and the cultures who have lived here throughout the ages. You'll find it at 900 Governors Drive.
Kids of all ages will love the South Dakota Discovery Center. Enjoy tons of hands-on activities that teach you about physics, architecture, natural science and more. 805 W. Sioux Avenue.
3. Check out Hill City for history, art and wine.
Take a ride on the 1880 Train, which travels back and forth from Hill City to Keystone, offering some amazing views of the Black Hills National Forest along the way.
Hill City has several wonderful wineries. Visit Prairie Berry Winery, Naked Winery, Twisted Pine Winery and Stone Faces Winery.
Make reservations to see Brule, a Native American music group that puts on a show you won't forget. The group has 14 tour nights scheduled for Hill City between now and July. Visit their
for more information.
4. Spend the day in Keystone for Presidents, nature and adventure.
Every South Dakotan should visit Mount Rushmore. Start your day off there, and take plenty of photos.
Horsethief Lake is just two miles from Mount Rushmore, and a nice place to visit to bask in the natural beauty of the Black Hills. Stroll around the lake, or take a longer hike.
If you're up for some real adventure, stop by Rushmore Tramway Adventures and cruise over the trees on a zipline and fly down the alpine slide.
5. Explore Badlands National Park for prairie dogs, bison, and cool hiking.
Start with a drive on the Badlands Loop Road, which takes you through the park for 40 miles of stunning views.
See the prairie dogs at Roberts Prairie Dog Town. You'll also likely see bison and maybe even coyote. Find it along Sage Creek Rim Road.
What’s your favorite day trip spot? Tell us in the comments!