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When the commute gets too wild and life plods by like so many median lines, head to South Dakota.


Leave behind traffic congestion for fresh air as you watch eagles soar, mountain goats climb, and prairie dogs chirp. See why the Missouri River is much better than a carpool. Trade rumble strips for a herd of buffalo.

From the otherworldly landscapes of Badlands National Park to open lakes & prairies, a state full of wildlife awaits your discover. The only kind of traffic jams we have are caused by meandering buffalo. That's okay. In South Dakota, there's no reason to speed.

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Custer State Park

From the 56,000-acre Norbeck Wildlife Preserve to the park's buffalo, elk, bighorn sheep, mountain goats, antelope, deer and friendly burros, you'll be delighted with what you spot exploring Custer State Park. For maximum beauty, cruise one of the park's scenic byways, especially the Wildlife Loop State Scenic Byway.

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Badlands National Park

The vast and craggy scenery is home to buffalo, antelope, deer, prairie dogs, the black-footed ferret and many species of birds. Chances are good you'll see a lot on that list while cruising Badlands Loop State Scenic Byway, but don't forget to pull over and explore on foot the park's 244,000 acres.

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Black Hills National Forest

One look upon this rich forest and you'll understand why many Native tribes consider this land sacred. From the twists and turns of Iron Mountain Road to the deep canyon views of Spearfish Canyon State and Forest Service Scenic Byway — and every bit of community & wildlife in between — there's road-trip magic to be made in western South Dakota.

Missouri River
Missouri River

This beautiful river divides the state in half, offering hidden gems and popular rec spots like Lewis & Clark Recreation Area near Yankton. You can catch a variety of birds, including bald eagles, near the river. And if you take in the Mighty Mo' while cruising the Native American National and State Scenic Byway, you're guaranteed a road trip to remember.

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