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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.



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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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.



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



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.



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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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.



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


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



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



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


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



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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