Here Are The 7 Weirdest Places You Can Possibly Go In South Dakota

South Dakota is a state that embraces the weird. For proof of this, keep reading! From mind-bending museums that defy the laws of physics to a summer festival that celebrates all things tuber (complete with mashed-potato-mud wrestling) here are some of the absolute weirdest places you can possibly go in South Dakota:

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How many of these weird places in South Dakota have you been to? What super weird places did we miss? If you embrace the weird (like we all do here!), you’ll delight in these 8 unusual roadside attractions in South Dakota. Cheers to keepin’ it weird in The Mount Rushmore State!

Address: 24040 Cosmos Rd, Rapid City, SD 57702, USA
Address: Clark, SD 57225, USA
Address: Huron, SD 57350, USA
Address: Scenic, SD 57780, USA
Address: 940 Skyline Dr, Rapid City, SD 57701, USA
Address: 13600 US-16, Rapid City, SD 57702, USA
Address: 45160 257th St, Montrose, SD 57048, USA
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Weirdest Places In South Dakota

February 10, 2021

What are the most popular attractions in South Dakota?

South Dakota is best-known for Mount Rushmore, and this massive sculpture is truly a must-see. (You can’t live in Mount Rushmore State without experiencing the beauty and awe of this national memorial!) No matter the circumstance or weather, Mount Rushmore will forever be a beacon of hope, history, and patriotism in America. It’s absolutely stunning to experience in person. (And apropos of the above article, Mount Rushmore is also the OG of weirdest places in South Dakota — mountainside with 60-ft.-high granite faces protruding out of it? Weird! But wonderful.) Here are some other must-visit attractions in South Dakota.

Does South Dakota have any weird roadside attractions?

South Dakota welcomes the weird; for proof if this, one need only drive down Interstate 90, which has some of the weirdest roadside attractions in the state! Al’s Oasis is one of the coolest rest stops ever, and, of course, there’s the Corn Palace. For a free attraction that is unlike anything you have ever seen, you won’t want to miss the World’s Only Corn Palace. Built in 1892, the Mitchell Corn Palace is adorned with hundreds of thousands of ears of corn that are switched out every year for a new theme. It’s totally bizarre and also totally worth checking out.

What are some under-the-radar places to visit in South Dakota?

South Dakota is full of hidden gems, but for a truly unique, off-the-beaten path adventure, we recommend checking out the Lemmon Petrified Wood Park. This petrified wood park was constructed from 1930 to 1932, under the supervision of an architect named Ole. S. Quammen. Under his leadership, dozens of men gathered fossils and rocks from nearby areas and hauled them to Lemmon. Today, visitors can meander around 100 towers, structures and various other formations located in the block-long park and marvel at unique, quirky statues that are up to 20 feet tall. Made out of petrified wood, the fossilized remains of trees trapped underground or underwater, these statues are no doubt a geologic wonder. It’s super cool, and also the largest petrified wood park in the world!

Address: 24040 Cosmos Rd, Rapid City, SD 57702, USA
Address: Clark, SD 57225, USA
Address: Huron, SD 57350, USA
Address: Scenic, SD 57780, USA
Address: 940 Skyline Dr, Rapid City, SD 57701, USA
Address: 13600 US-16, Rapid City, SD 57702, USA
Address: 45160 257th St, Montrose, SD 57048, USA