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Welcome to South Dakota

South Dakota

South Dakota has several claims to fame, including 'Sue', the world famous T-rex unearthed in the bewitching Badlands; the four massive stone faces of Mount Rushmore; DeSmet, the old stomping grounds of Laura Ingalls Wilder; and Wild Bill Hickok's final, and fatal, poker game in Deadwood, now the setting of the hit television series. Yet the state is often overlooked as a holiday destination. True, it is rather sparsely populated. Its largest city, Sioux Falls, has a population of just 141,000. Visitors won't find flashy attractions or nonstop nightlife. But the hauntingly beautiful landscape, ranging from vast high prairies to broken granite hills to echoing caverns, will leave a lasting impression. This sometimes harsh land has long been the home of the Sioux nation, Native Americans who followed the buffalo herds across the plains. In the 1800s, settlers seeking riches flocked to South Dakota, and skirmishes between the Indians and US soldiers quickly followed. One of the last conflicts was at Wounded Knee, where a large group of Sioux, including women and children, were massacred. Today, visitors can pay homage at a small memorial at the site. The Sioux remain a large part of the population of South Dakota, and their culture continues to provide enriching experiences. The Black Hills, a solitary range of ponderosa pine-covered mountains rising dramatically from the plains, are considered sacred by the Sioux. A landscape naturally groomed for the classic American road trip, the rolling prairies, meandering rivers and staggering peaks of South Dakota make for some of the most beautiful scenery in the country and is a must-see on any American journey.

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 November).

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