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Deadwood

Deadwood

Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. It is named for the dead trees found...

Pierre

Pierre

Pierre is the capital of the U.S. state of South Dakota and the county seat of Hughes County. Making it the second least populo...

Rapid City

Rapid City

Rapid City is the second-largest city in the U.S. state of South Dakota, and the county seat of Pennington County. Named after Rap...

Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. state of South Dakota. Sioux Falls is the county seat of Minnehaha County, and also ex...

Facts

When to visit:

Summer is the peak season for tourism in South Dakota. The state’s attraction and outdoor activities are in full swing in the summer months, and those looking to beat the crowds to the most popular destinations may want to think about taking advantage of the “shoulder seasons” in the spring and fall. Visitors should be prepared, however; the state’s off-season traffic has been on the rise in recent years, so plans should still be made well in advance. The fishing season lasts year-round, with some exceptions.

South Dakota Facts:

State Abbreviation: SD

State Capital: Pierre

Largest City: Sioux Falls

Area: 77,121 square miles (the 17th biggest state in the USA)

South Dakota Population: 770,883

South Dakota Rivers: Cheyenne River, Missouri River, James River, White River

South Dakota Lakes: Lake Oahe, Lake Francis Case, Lewis and Clark Lake

Highest Point: Harney Peak - 7,242 feet above sea level

Origin of the Name: Dakota was what the Sioux Indians called themselves.

State Nickname: Mount Rushmore State

State Motto: "Under God the people rule"

State Song: Hail, South Dakota