a brave wanderer and a passionate steward of the 605 state
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Travel Far, Close to Home
There’s a lot more than Mount Rushmore. With more than 77,000 square miles, there’s so much South Dakota to explore. And by choosing some of the lesser-known destinations, you’re alleviating pressure on the more overcrowded travel points and bringing the benefits of tourism to the undiscovered ones.
SOAK IT IN, PACK IT OUT
A trailhead is the start of a journey where travelers and nature cross paths. And one where trash and nature shouldn’t. All it takes to respect the 605 state is pocketing that granola wrapper or packing up your plastic bags. It not only respects the wildlife, but preserves the trail for other travelers to enjoy.
CARE FOR OUR PAST, PROTECT OUR FUTURE
South Dakota is the crossroads of a rich history and a boundless present, and it’s easy to honor both. They live on through things like the arts, dance, song, storytelling, food, and cultural festivals. By educating yourself about South Dakota’s Indigenous, pioneer, and Old West roots, heritage, and cultures, you can fully respect and engulf yourself in the state.
WANDER BOUNDLESSLY, SUPPORT LOCALLY
Strengthening the 605 state begins with supporting its one-of-a-kind businesses. By shopping and dining locally and respecting frontline workers in the tourism industry, you’re helping South Dakota and its local businesses thrive into the future.