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Regions

From rolling prairies and glittering lakes to granite peaks and towering pines, South Dakota’s four regions are diverse and beautiful.

West

The western region of South Dakota offers majestic granite spires, pine covered peaks and unique rock outcroppings. Named “Paha Sapa” by the Native Americans, the Black Hills are full of scenery, adventure and rich history. With one of the largest concentrations of national parks, monuments and caves in the Midwest, you’re sure to discover the family vacation destinations that capture the spirit of America when you vacation in the Black Hills and Badlands of South Dakota. 

Black Hills & Badlands Tourism Assocation

Badlands National Park
rock climbing the Needles, Custer State Park
Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary, Hot Springs
Spearfish Falls, Spearfish Canyon

Central

In the late 1940s, the Missouri River was dammed to create the massive Oahe, Sharpe, Francis Case and Lewis and Clark reservoirs. Together, these massive bodies of water make up South Dakota’s Missouri River region providing more than 440 miles of waterways for water recreation including boating, fishing, sailing, swimming and kayaking. Retrace the footsteps of Lewis and Clark, experience Native American heritage, and unwind on the more than 3,000 miles of shoreline.

South Dakota Missouri River Tourism Assocation

State Capitol, Pierre
Akta Lakota Museum and Cultural Center, Chamberlain
Kayaking, Missouri River
Fishing, Missouri River

Northeast

If you love the great outdoors, you’ll love the fresh glacial lakes and prairies of northeastern South Dakota. The region offers unique family attractions, countless camping opportunities and plenty of outdoor adventures for kids of all ages. You’ll also find frontier history, plentiful walleye and one-of-a-kind events as well as art galleries, museums, wineries and Native American culture.

Glacial Lakes & Prairies Tourism Association

Childrens Museum of South Dakota, Brookings
Laura Ingalls Wilder, De Smet
Storybook Land, Aberdeen
Nicollet Tower and Interpretive Center, Sisseton

Southeast

Bustling cities, quiet country escapes, fine arts and culture, family attractions and an abundance of outdoor adventures offer a variety of fun in the southeastern region. Great fishing, boating, and swimming abounds in numerou rivers and 175 fishing lakes ranging in size from three to 29,000 acres. Stroll through vineyards and sample local wines along the winery trail. Explore the Missouri River National Recreational River as Lewis and Clark did more than 200 years ago. Plan the pheasant hunt of a lifetime.

Southeast South Dakota Tourism Association

Corn Palace, Mitchell
Falls Park, Sioux Falls
Lewis and Clark Recreation Area, Yankton
southeastern SD wineries