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Seven Things To Do In South Dakota

Seven Things To Do In South Dakota


My husband and I recently took a road trip from New Mexico to South Dakota.  It was such an incredible drive and every time we head east I fall more and more in love with the area.  I’m going to be honest; I was surprised there were so many things to do in South Dakota.  My husband and I are even planning a return trip with the kids we enjoyed it so much.

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If you haven’t had the chance to visit South Dakota, it’s something to consider.  There are so many things to see and do in South Dakota and here are a few of my favorite.

  • Mount Rushmore – OMG, who doesn’t want to see Mount Rushmore.  It’s even better when you get up close and personal.

Waterfalls of the Big Sioux River

  • Sioux Falls – I traveled to Sioux Falls to start my blogging adventures to learn the true story of honey and let me tell you Sioux Falls is one of the most beautiful places I’ve visited.  It’s named for the waterfalls that run right through downtown; it’s breathtaking.
  • OMG Indian Tacos – I live in New Mexico, we have fry bread, which is an incredible heart attack just waiting to happen, but so worth trying.  Indian Tacos are similar, but rather than all the sweet stuff on the fried bread they add cheese and oh so yummy greasy ground beef, defiantly not something you could eat daily, but worth trying if you are in the area.
  • Camping – We didn’t do any camping while we were in the area, but my husband and I both agreed it was defiantly a place that had great camping.  You’ll want to make certain e sure you have your list of things to remember on your family camping trip, or it could end up being a rather stressful or costly camping trip.

The Back Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary in Hot Springs South Dakota

  • The Wild Horse Sanctuary – There are currently more than 600 Mustangs running free on 11,000 acres of private land in South Dakota.  The Back Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary in Hot Springs South Dakota does amazing things for these beautiful animals and I’m a firm believer in showing my support.  Whether it’s with a donation for a visit, I’m all about saving the Mustangs!  There is several different tours available and even lodging if you are interested.  Why not, it’s supporting the while Mustang. 
  • Motorcycle Rally – If you like motorcycle rallies than you’ve likely heard of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, which has been known to have almost 500,000 people visiting. 
  • Outdoor Adventures – If you love the great outdoors – camping, fishing, hiking, etc., you might want to seriously consider checking out South Dakota.  They have more than 5 national parks and 10 state parks and the land is perfect for any outdoor enthusiast. 

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For more information and things to do in South Dakota you can also visit TravelSouthDakota.com

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I have a smart mouth, don't sit still well, extremely opinionated, have a lot to say, work hard, love lots, don't have time for drama, or negativity. I love animals, & my job as a New Mexico mom blogger! I love sharing travel adventures, tech gadgets, recipes, parenting struggles (success), crafts, helpful tips, giveaways and sweepstakes, product reviews, and more.  I have amazing 4 children, and have an amazing boyfriend. On my downtime, you'll find me spending time with my family, traveling, cooking, geeking out on tech, plotting the next home improvement, create crafts with the kids, and riding my horses We are plotting our move to greener pastures, with trees, and stuff. Connect with me on Google + Page.

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  1. Edna Williams November 10, 2015

    We want to visit South Dakota after reading your post! Thank you for sharing!

  2. Gavrila Simon October 16, 2015

    Never seen Mount Rushmore, hope to one day

  3. Shelley W September 3, 2015

    We used to live 11 miles from South Dakota, on the WY side. It’s such a beautiful area and so many fun things to do and explore 🙂

  4. lisa September 2, 2015

    It must be fun to travel and see different things. Not to mention,trying new foods. That taco sounds pretty tasty!

  5. Kelly O'Malley September 1, 2015

    We went to South Dakota last year and had a blast. It is a great place, with so many different activities. Mount Rushmore was my favorite. Just amazing.

  6. charlene41356 August 26, 2015

    These exciting places makes me want to put South Dakota on my list of places I want to visit before I kick the bucket.

  7. M.Clark August 21, 2015

    These are great options when visiting South Dakota. I would definitely visit Mount Rushmore, Sioux Falls, and the Wild Horse Sanctuary. Thank you for sharing this post.

  8. Linda Manns August 21, 2015

    This sounds like so much fun. I would love to see Mount Rushmore. these pictures are great. Thank you so much for sharing

  9. Jake August 21, 2015

    Hopefully you also got to visit here while in Hot Springs — http://mammothsite.com/
    Out of all the places I’ve visited in my my life, I would rather call South Dakota home than anywhere else.
    — An Okie

  10. lisa August 21, 2015

    South Dakota is a place that I’ve never given much to, as far as a vacation spot. Your photos are beautiful! I may have to rethink visiting the state.

  11. Kristin Knudsen August 21, 2015

    Even though I am Canadian, I would love to visit Mt Rushmore to see the sculptures in the mountain! What an amazing view it would be. I would also love to visit Sturgis Falls, to see all of the different bikers, and bikes!


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