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12 Months of Unique Experiences in South Dakota

by Katie Skrzek

Jan 5, 2023

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Add a visit to South Dakota for your 2023 family travel plans. The state offers unique experiences to try each month of the year.

 

January

Try ice fishing in Lake Oahe. Learn from local guides how to find the perfect catch. For ice fishing pros, visit during the Mobridge Ice Fishing Tournament.

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February

Head to Terri’s Peak Ski Area in Lead, South Dakota. This park offers terrain for all skill levels and the highest lift service between the Rockies and the Alps.

 

March

Visit the world’s only Corn Palace. Located in Mitchell, South Dakota, the classic Midwestern attraction draws hundreds of thousands of visitors annually.

 

April

With the start of spring, head to the many national and state parks to spot baby buffalo and other wildlife, including antelope, mountain goats and big-horn sheep.

 

May

Hike South Dakota’s highest peak: Black Elk Peak. At 7,242 feet, hikers can take in views of South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana, Nebraska and North Dakota.

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June

Traverse the Native American Scenic Byway. The route takes travelers through the lands of the Yankton, Crow Creek, Lower Brule, Cheyenne River and Standing Rock Sioux tribes.

 

July

Go stargazing in Badlands National Park. The annual Badlands Astronomy Festival takes place July 29 –31.

stargazing

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August

South Dakota is a top sunflower producer. The bright flowers typically bloom in late July and early August for about 30 days.

 

September

The annual Buffalo Roundup takes place the last Friday of September, with 1,400 bison traveling through Custer State Park.

 

October

Take a hot-air balloon ride in Custer State Park to witness fall foliage from above.

sunflowers

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November

Available for beginners or experts, plan a pheasant-hunting experience.

 

December

Visit Spearfish for snowmobiling in Black Hills National Forest. There are more than 350 miles of trails through forests, meadows and canyons.

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