Attractions November 04, 2016
8 Enchanting Spots in South Dakota You Never Knew Existed
South Dakota is a state of dramatic landscapes, open prairies and stunning natural scenery. These features are undeniably showcased in the state’s many tourists attractions. But if you’re looking for a new destination to explore, we’ve got you covered. You won’t believe all of the hidden gems you have yet to discover for yourself!
During these uncertain times, please keep safety in mind and consider adding destinations to your bucket list to visit at a later date.
1. Falls Park
This city gem is located in the heart of Sioux Falls. Covering 123 acres, it is home to a stunning triple waterfall complete with historic ruins, a quaint cafe and a five-story viewing tower. As if this park isn't beautiful enough, you won't want to miss the magical Christmas decorations that light up the park each year!
2. The Needles Highway/The Needle's Eye
If you've been to South Dakota, then you know how stunning the Black Hills scenery is. The Needles Highway offers jaw dropping views of this region, including majestic forests, granite spires and a spectacular rock formation known as The Needle's Eye.
3. Spearfish Canyon
Just south of Spearfish, this stunning destination is known for its breathtaking waterfalls, hillsides and limestone cliffs. Visitors can choose to travel along US Highway 14A for astonishing views of the of the canyon or take advantage of the walking paths and hiking trails scattered throughout. Spearfish Canyon is also the perfect destination for fishing, birdwatching or family picnics.
4. Big Sioux Recreation Area
Lying on the banks of the Big Sioux River near Brandon, this park is a relaxing getaway for outdoor enthusiasts. A few special features include homestead cabins, five miles of hiking trails surrounded by some of the oldest trees in the state, an 18 hole disc golf course and a warming house for snowmobilers.
5. Spirit Mound
Located just north of Vermillion, this state park features a lovely prairie surrounded by a hill with a rich history. Determined to see the mound that the Native Americans considered to be the home of evil spirits, Lewis and Clark explored this region on August 25th, 1804. In recent years attempts have been made to restore this region to its original status and beauty.
6. Pactola Lake
As the largest reservoir in the Black Hills, Pactola Lake is a captivating destination among South Dakota residents and tourists. Whether you enjoy water sports, hiking, or simply enjoying the nature and astonishing views of the Black Hills area, there is plenty to do and see at Pactola Lake.
7. Cascade Falls & Swimming Hole
If you're in the Hot Springs area, this swimming hole is a gem well worth your stop. The crisp, clear water that comes from the Cascade Streams is the perfect place to take a relaxing dip among beautiful scenery.
8. Sand Lake National Wildlife Refuge
Northeast of Aberdeen lies an absolutely jaw-dropping refuge for more than 266 bird species, among other wildlife. Visitors can choose from a wide variety of seasonal activities including birdwatching, education, photography or hunting and fishing.
We know that we couldn’t possibly have covered all of the hidden treasures of South Dakota. Let us know what we missed!