Information & Facts
South Dakota has a temperate climate. Its summers, particularly
July and August, are hot, dry and pleasant, making this season the
best for tourists, though they may experience occasional
thunderstorms. Winters are bitterly cold and harsh, with relatively
significant snowfalls and strong winds. January and February are
typically the coldest months of the year, though snow is more
likely to fall in March and April.
English is the most common language but Spanish is often
spoken in south-western states.
The US Dollar (USD) is the unit of currency and is divided into
100 cents. Only major banks exchange foreign currency. ATMs are
widespread and credit cards and travellers cheques are widely
accepted. Travellers cheques should be taken in US Dollars to avoid
hassles. Banking hours are Monday to Friday 9am to 3pm.
Eastern South Dakota: GMT -6 (GMT -5 from March to November);
Western South Dakota: GMT -7 (GMT -6 from March to