11 Out Of This World Summer Day Trips To Take In South Dakota

One thing about the lazy days of summer is that they tend to slip away from us pretty fast. How many fun trips in South Dakota have you taken so far this season? If the answer is, “Not nearly enough,” you should add a few of these day trips to your calendar! Here are 11 of the best day trips in South Dakota that you’ll want to do ASAP:

Which of these places have you visited already this year? Tell us about your summer trips in the comments!

Address: Devils Bathtub Trailhead, 1917 Spearfish Canyon Hwy, Lead, SD 57754, USA
Address: Lake Vermillion State Recreation Area, 26140 451st Ave, Canistota, SD 57012, USA
Address: Prairie Homestead, 21070 SD-240, Philip, SD 57567, USA
Address: Custer State Park Wildlife Loop Road, Wildlife Loop Rd, Crazy Horse, SD 57730, USA
Address: Bear Butte, Southwest Meade, SD 57788, USA
Address: Hartford Beach State Park, 13672 Hartford Beach Rd, Corona, SD 57227, USA
Address: Big Sioux State Recreation Area, 410 W Park St, Brandon, SD 57005, USA
Address: Children's Museum of South Dakota, 521 4th St, Brookings, SD 57006, USA
Address: WaTiki Indoor Waterpark Resort, 1314 N Elk Vale Rd, Rapid City, SD 57703, USA
Address: Rushmore Tramway Adventures, 203 Cemetery Rd, Keystone, SD 57751, USA
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Best Day Trips in South Dakota

May 19, 2022

What are some unique things to do around South Dakota?  

South Dakota is one of those amazing places that doesn’t tend to get the love it deserves. It’s filled to the brim with tons of amazingly lovely natural wonders, offbeat roadside attractions, and so much more to do and explore. Some of our favorite unique things to do around South Dakota include some famous things like visiting Mount Rushmore. Sure, it might be a typical activity once you arrive in South Dakota, but there’s a reason for that: it’s one of a kind, and truly the single most “South Dakota” thing you can experience. Other fun things to do in South Dakota include the South Dakota Air and Space Museum, where you can wander halls filled with aviation history far and wide. Admire vintage military aircraft, awe at actual missiles, and learn something new every time you stop in. Finally, you’ll also want to check out Storybook Island. It’s an amusement park that brings the pages of all our favorite stories from childhood to life – literally!  

What are the best day trips near me in South Dakota?  

What’s more fun than an old-fashioned day trip? How about a day trip in South Dakota? We think yes! There are so many places to visit in South Dakota that we’re not even sure where to begin, but we do have a few favorite places to share. With more than 60 state parks and state recreation areas, South Dakota is an amazing day trip destination. Some of our favorite spots include heading out to Lewis and Clark Lake, where you can indulge in activities like biking, hiking, fishing, horseback riding, swimming, and even archery! Another favorite place to visit in South Dakota is the Crazy Horse Memorial. It’s a lovely homage to North American peoples, and it’s technically unfinished, as the artist, Korczak Ziolkowski, passed away in the 1980s mid-project.  

Where are the best getaway spots near me in South Dakota?  

Now, we may be a little biased, but we kind of feel like every place in South Dakota is the perfect getaway spot in South Dakota! Of course, some places are a little more suitable than others, and as with most things, we have some favorites. We love escaping to the Terry Peak Ski Area, a family-friendly destination filled with skiing, snowboarding, and lodging galore. And speaking of lodging, why not check out the Lodge at Deadwood? It’s among the most fascinating and luxurious places to stay in South Dakota, and its proximity to downtown Deadwood, South Dakota, ensures it’s a place anyone can fall in love with.

Address: Devils Bathtub Trailhead, 1917 Spearfish Canyon Hwy, Lead, SD 57754, USA
Address: Lake Vermillion State Recreation Area, 26140 451st Ave, Canistota, SD 57012, USA
Address: Prairie Homestead, 21070 SD-240, Philip, SD 57567, USA
Address: Custer State Park Wildlife Loop Road, Wildlife Loop Rd, Crazy Horse, SD 57730, USA
Address: Bear Butte, Southwest Meade, SD 57788, USA
Address: Hartford Beach State Park, 13672 Hartford Beach Rd, Corona, SD 57227, USA
Address: Big Sioux State Recreation Area, 410 W Park St, Brandon, SD 57005, USA
Address: Children's Museum of South Dakota, 521 4th St, Brookings, SD 57006, USA
Address: WaTiki Indoor Waterpark Resort, 1314 N Elk Vale Rd, Rapid City, SD 57703, USA
Address: Rushmore Tramway Adventures, 203 Cemetery Rd, Keystone, SD 57751, USA