South Dakota is a Midwestern U.S. state whose capital is the city of Pierre, set on the east bank of the Missouri River. This state features expansive areas of plains, agricultural fields and mountains, namely the Black Hills. This mountain range is home to a main attraction in the United States - the site of the 60-foot (18 m) sculptures of Presidents Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, Abraham Lincoln and George Washington, which are carved into Mount Rushmore. Also in the Black Hills there is the mountain monument - the Crazy Horse Memorial – still under construction. There are other treasures in the South Dakota Black Hills - the Wind Cave National Park featuring very rare calcite formations, and Jewel Cave National Monument. In South Dakota you also find a great part of the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail, a route that expands for 6, 000 km from the state of Illinois until Oregon.
In Pierre, you may explore important landmarks such as the State Capitol, the South Dakota State Historical Society and the historical Verendrye Site. You should also visit the islands LaFramboise Island - abundant with wildlife and greenery - and Farm Island, excellent for recreational moments in nature! Sioux Falls is the state's largest city where you may admire the waterfalls of the Big Sioux River in Falls Park!
On the way to the Black Hills, you will pass through the Rapid City, where you may explore significant museums including The Journey Museum & Learning Center related to the Native American History, and Dinosaur Park, overlooking the city.
Population: approximately 883 thousand people
Other major cities: Rapid City, Sioux Falls
Main attractions: Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Crazy Horse Memorial, Badlands National Park, Wind Cave National Park, Custer State Park, Adams House, Needles Highway, Bear Country USA, Reptile Gardens, Falls Park, Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail
Nearest Airports: Aberdeen Regional Airport (ABR), Huron Regional Airport (HON), Pierre Regional Airport (PIR)