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What’s New

Children’s Museum of South Dakota: Inside: hands-on exhibits that let kids build, climb, dance, imagine and create. Outside, exhibits allow interaction with nature. Brookings.
Roundhouse Restoration Project: Includes the historic narrow gauge railroad interpretive centre, the living Map Theater, railroad-themed Roundhouse Restaurant and two gift shops. Lead.
Celebrating the Century: An exhibit on the South Dakota State Capitol’s 100th anniversary. Interactive stations let visitors attempt constructing a capitol. South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center. Pierre.

Attractions
Mount Rushmore National Memorial: World-famous, carved granite likenesses of four presidents. On the President’s Alpine Slide Chairlift, ride up for Mt. Rushmore view; return down alpine slide tracks. Keystone.
Crazy Horse Memorial: The world’s largest mountain carving in progress, this memorial is a tribute to the leader who defeated Custer at Little Big Horn. Near Custer.
• Fort Sisseton State Park: Well-preserved fort; 14 original buildings, many dating to 1864. Guided tours, camping, annual festivals. Northeastern South Dakota.
Black Hills Reptile Gardens: World’s largest reptile collection in a setting of fossils, minerals and sculptures. Rapid City.
Cultural Heritage Center: Hear recordings of American Indians speaking Dakota, Lakota and Nakota; Touch the different types of furs; and learn about life in the 1900s. Pierre.
Museum of Geology: View fossils of saber tooth cats, small camels, giant pigs and a mother oreodont. Rapid City.
The Journey Museum: Exhibits cover rock formations, dinosaurs, American Indian cultures, pioneers and modern history. Rapid City.
The Black Hills Museum of Natural History: Home to 65-million-year-old Stan, one of the two most complete Tyrannosaurus rex fossils ever found. Hill City.
Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science: Home to more than 80 hands-on science exhibits and a full-size replica of a Tyrannosaurus Rex found in western South Dakota. Sioux Falls.

Events
Wild Bill Hickok Days (June), Deadwood.
Fort Sisseton Historical Festival (June), Fort Sisseton State Park.
Laura Ingalls Wilder Pageant (July), De Smet.
Sturgis Rally and Races (August), Sturgis.
Riverboat Days & Summer Arts Festival (August), Yankton.
South Dakota State Fair (late August to early September), Huron.
Buffalo Roundup (last Monday in September), Custer State Park.

Places
Deadwood: Historic Black Hills gold-mining town features more than 80 casinos and the graves of the town’s notorious citizens. Main Street is a registered National Landmark.
De Smet: Site of the Ingalls homestead site in the TV series, Little Town on the Prairie, made famous by author Laura Ingalls Wilder.
Custer State Park: 29,490 hectares of mountain meadows, foothills, peaks and spires, plus a herd of 1,500 bison.
Sioux Falls: South Dakota’s largest city offers excellent shopping, an historic downtown, theatre, symphony, museums, water parks, sporting events and festivals.
WindCave00018South Dakota Dept TourismBlack Hills Caves: Eight Black Hills caves are open to the public. Jewel Cave National Monument, west of Custer, is the second-longest cave in the world with more than 216 kilometres of passages surveyed. With over 176 kilometres of mapped passages, Wind Cave National Park is the fourth-longest cave in the world and contains the world’s largest display of a rare formation called boxwork.

Hidden Gems
Triple U Buffalo Ranch: One of the largest buffalo herds in the world at the 24,240-hectare ranch made famous by the film, Dances With Wolves. Ft. Pierre.
Captain’s Inn Bed & Breakfast: B&B in the home built in 1878 by Sanford B. Coulson of the Missouri River Transportation Company, complete with a watch tower. Yankton.

Did You Know?
State Motto: Under God the People Rule
State Flower: Pasque
State Bird: Chinese Ring-necked Pheasant

Fast Facts
Region: MOUNTAIN WEST
America’s Byways: Native American Scenic Byway, Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway
Connecting Flights Via: Chicago, Denver, Minneapolis
Sales Tools: South Dakota Vacation Guide, South Dakota Travelsmart e-newsletter, Travel Professionals e-newsletter (www.TourSDakota.com)
Info: South Dakota Department of Tourism
1-800-S-DAKOTA
www.travelsd.com
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