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Vibrant and Beautiful

A Vermillion Photo Essay

Explore this charming southeastern city where art, history and outdoor recreation are all part of the experience

More than 200 years after Lewis and Clark camped here, today’s explorers will find Vermillion home to natural beauty and vibrant culture.

Situated on a bluff above the Missouri River in southeastern South Dakota, Vermillion offers the opportunity to more than 15,000 musical instruments at the National Music Museum (also known as America’s Shrine to Music) on the campus of the University of South Dakota. Learn about the area’s fascinating history at the W.H. Over Museum and the Austin-Whittemore House. Outdoor lovers will enjoy golfing at The Bluffs Golf Course, camping at nearby Clay County Park, and hiking to the top of Spirit Mound Historic Prairie just as Lewis and Clark did. Cultural events like the South Dakota Shakespeare Festival and the University of South Dakota Wacipi (powwow) are held throughout the year while tasty food options and artistic exploration are available year-round in this unique South Dakota city.

Shakespeare Festival
Shakespeare Festival
National Music Museum
National Music Museum
Austin Whittemore House
Austin-Whittemore House
University of South Dakota Campus
University of South Dakota Campus
USD Wacipi
USD Wacipi
Clay County Park
Clay County Park
National Music Museum
National Music Museum
The Bluffs Golf Course
The Bluffs Golf Course
University of South Dakota Campus
University of South Dakota Campus
Downtown Vermillion
Downtown Vermillion
Missouri National Recreation River
Missouri National Recreation River
USD Wacipi
USD Wacipi
First Dakota Territory School House
First Dakota Territory School House
W.H. Over Museum
W.H. Over Museum
Shakespeare Festival
Shakespeare Festival
The Bluffs Golf Course
The Bluffs Golf Course
Vermillion, South Dakota Baseball
Vermillion Baseball
Downtown Vermillion
Downtown Vermillion
W.H. Over Museum
W.H. Over Museum
Spirit Mound Historic Prairie
Spirit Mound Historic Prairie
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