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