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

Badlands National Park

rock climbing the Needles, Custer State Park
Wild Horses galloping
Spearfish Falls, Spearfish Canyon


In the late 1940s, the Missouri River was dammed to create the massive Oahe, Sharpe, Francis Case and Lewis & 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 & Clark, experience Native American heritage, and unwind on the more than 3,000 miles of shoreline.

South Dakota Missouri River Tourism Assocation

Akta Lakota Museum and Cultural Center, Chamberlain
Fishing, Missouri River


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 homestead
Storybook Land, Aberdeen
Nicollet Tower


Bustling cities, quiet country escapes, fine arts & 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 numerous 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 & Clark did more than 200 years ago. Plan the pheasant hunt of a lifetime.

Southeast South Dakota Tourism Association

Corn Palace
Falls Park waterfalls

Falls Park, Sioux Falls

Lewis and Clark Recreation Area
Falls Park
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