Featured Destination: South Dakota

See a Land of Great Faces and Great Places

Millions of tourists come here each year specifically to see Mt. Rushmore. It’s certainly the top attraction in South Dakota. But once you arrive, you may be surprised to discover so much more to wow you than just those giant granite faces. Encounter a herd of wild buffalo, attend a rodeo, visit a quaint western town, or experience the rich Sioux culture at a powwow. The list of things to do is endless in South Dakota. Hotels and hospitality welcome you with open arms—and miles of open space—inviting you to explore more.

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Famous Faces

You’ll find some of the most magnificent sights in the Black Hills, from wildlife and western charm to the famous faces of Mount Rushmore.

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Things to do in South Dakota

Go West

The western half of the state is where many of South Dakota’s best attractions, local hotels and resort towns are located, all just off I-90 and near Rapid City. Enjoy this highly walkable destination where you’ll find life-sized bronze statues of all the former U.S. presidents on almost every street corner—a not-so-subtle reminder of what’s just 30 minutes down the road, the awe-inspiring Mount Rushmore.For a slightly different view of Americana, take a short drive north to visit Deadwood where Wild Bill Hickok played his last hand of poker. Or stop in Sturgis, one of the top destinations for bikers and home to the famous annual motorcycle rally.

The Badlands

Discover an otherworldly landscape of sharp pinnacles and pyramids, giant mounds and grass-capped mesas—and spots where archeological digs continue today. Then head to state capital of Pierre to learn about the French influences in South Dakota or immerse yourself in Native American history with a short road trip.

The Eastern Edge

Relive childhood memories as Laura Ingalls Wilder’s “Little House on the Prairie” comes to life. She had a homestead in De Smet and based several of her books on that experience. Today, the homestead, tours and an annual pageant celebrate her life. Next door, Sioux Falls is the biggest city in the region and home to stunning Falls Park, overlooking the triple falls of the Big Sioux River downtown.

South Dakota Hotels

Whatever you’re looking for in a vacation, treat yourself with a trip to South Dakota. The list of things to do—and see—goes on for days. Check out Choice Hotels locations in South Dakota today and start planning your trip.

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