As any South Dakotan knows, our state is full of beauty and adventure. We all have a soft spot in our hearts for some of the state’s more popular tourist areas, recognizing the wonder that draws people from near and far. However, there are some places that even native South Dakotans might not know about. You may be surprised by what made the list of best-kept secrets in South Dakota.

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Who else is ready for a road trip after reading about all of these awesome hidden gems in South Dakota? Have you visited any of them? Tell us your experiences in the comments!

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Best Kept Secrets In South Dakota

What are some of the most beautiful places in South Dakota?

We know that we are sometimes thought of as somewhat of a flyover state, but people really don't know what they are missing out on! There are so many incredible sights in South Dakota. We have some really incredible state parks. One you don't want to miss is Good Earth State Park, it's amazing! And of course, Custer State Park has its famous massive trees that are just awe-inspiring. If you love waterfalls, you won't want to miss these four.

What are some hidden gems in South Dakota?

We have so many hidden gems! It feels like the whole state is pretty much known for Mount Rushmore, but we've got a lot more to us than that. Check out this list for some great ideas, or if you want an entire road trip, we've got you covered! We've got some real oddball attractions here, too!

What are some good restaurants in South Dakota?

South Dakota is surprisingly loaded with great food. We've got some unique restaurants, some themed restaurants, and some restaurants that are just plain delicious. We've even got pizza so good it'll make your mouth explode!