There's Plenty to See and Do
You will not find many museums, art galleries, performance theaters, and other venues of high culture in South Dakota. However, you will have a great choice of outdoor adventures to pursue. Here are some of the places you should see:
This is a National Historic Landmark. It was home to legends such as Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane. You will also get insight into the state’s gambling history, which was at its peak during the Gold Rush of 1987-1877.Every June, the city hosts the Wild Bill Days Festival.
Custer State Park
This 71,000-acre park is a great spot for hiking, mountain biking, and fishing. It is also a great place for spotting and observing wildlife.
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
This world-famous park, completed in 1941, receives millions of visitors each year. The faces of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln adorn the large granite rock. In addition to seeing these notable likenesses, the mountain itself is one of the most interesting geological formations in the country.
Badlands National Park
Located 75 miles east of Rapid City, the park consists of 244,000 acres of untouched grassland and interesting geological formations. People visit in order to walk among the bison and camp out under its clear star-lit skies. There is little air pollution in South Dakota. On a clear night, you will have full view of the stars and planets in the Milky Way Galaxy. You are unlikely to find a more majestic experience than a clear line of sight of the astronomical heavens.
Sturgis Motorcycle Rally
The tiny South Dakota town of Sturgis hosts a world-famous motorcycle rally every year. Nearly a million people descend on the town to participate in the events and revelry surrounding the rally. It is as much fun for spectators as for active participants.
A run down of what to expect in South Dakota would not be complete without mention of some of its strange laws. Here is a sample of what to watch out for:
- It is illegal to lie down and fall asleep in a cheese factory
- It is illegal to take a horse into Fountain Inn unless it is wearing pants
- If there are more than five people on your property, you may shoot them—presumably without cause