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Top Rated South Dakota Hotels

Estimated price for 1 night/2 adults

Residence Inn Rapid City
Residence Inn Rapid City
3.5 out of 5.0 581 Watiki Way, Rapid City, SD
Free Cancellation
$99
4.8/5 (34 reviews)

We loved everything about our stay! Beautiful, clean and fully stocked room, friendly and helpful desk staff and delicious breakfasts. I also have to give a huge shout-out to the lovely lady who manages the breakfast service - so very upbeat and ready to meet your every need, highly recommend!

Reviewed on Jan 28, 2019
Sleep Inn And Suites Rapid City
Sleep Inn And Suites Rapid City
2.5 out of 5.0 4031 Cheyenne Blvd, Rapid City, SD
Free Cancellation
$76
4.4/5 (45 reviews)

Super clean, updated, quiet, friendly staff, excellent and safe location, good prices, comfortable beds, nice rooms, good breakfast. Parking well lit.

Reviewed on Apr 28, 2019
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Rapid City, SD
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Rapid City, SD
3.0 out of 5.0 2321 N Lacrosse St, Rapid City, SD
Free Cancellation
$62
4.1/5 (107 reviews)

I loved Gabby who checked us in. She was fun and professional. did not like the elevators being full of water from those who went to and from the pool... it was a safety hazard Did not like my rooms bathroom fan sounded like a jet engine, and had to keep the bathroom door closed to lessen the ...

Reviewed on May 21, 2019
La Quinta by Wyndham Rapid City
La Quinta by Wyndham Rapid City
3.0 out of 5.0 1416 North Elk Vale Road, Rapid City, SD
Free Cancellation
$84
4.0/5 (93 reviews)

Room was remodeled king suite on 3rd floor, kiddos and I love The Watiki always stay at the Laquita when in Rapid City.

Reviewed on Apr 4, 2019
Super 8 by Wyndham Sioux Falls
Super 8 by Wyndham Sioux Falls
2.0 out of 5.0 2616 E 10th St, Sioux Falls, SD
Free Cancellation
$58
3.9/5 (56 reviews)

It was a nice hotel the parking lot was tough to get out of sometimes though

Reviewed on May 18, 2019
Grand Gateway Hotel
Grand Gateway Hotel
3.0 out of 5.0 1721 N Lacrosse St, Rapid City, SD
Free Cancellation
$31
3.9/5 (48 reviews)

Nice hotel Perkins connected to it close to the Civic Center and nice pool with slide for the kids. Close to the Interstate and a gas station.

Reviewed on Oct 31, 2018

Cheap South Dakota Hotels

Estimated price for 1 night/2 adults

Budget Host Inn Gerrys Motel
Budget Host Inn Gerrys Motel
2.5 out of 5.0 203 W SD Hwy 248, Kennebec, SD
Free Cancellation
$59
4.6/5 (12 reviews)

great breakfast, close to the freeway, excellent, clean room

Reviewed on Aug 28, 2018
BudgetBreakfastRefrigerator
Red Roof Inn Sioux Falls
Red Roof Inn Sioux Falls
2.0 out of 5.0 3500 Gateway Boulevard, Sioux Falls, SD
Free Cancellation
$54
3.6/5 (86 reviews)

Overnight stay. Room good.Water pressure great! Thanks!

Reviewed on Mar 25, 2019
BudgetPet FriendlyWifi
Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Sioux Falls
Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Sioux Falls
2.0 out of 5.0 2901 S Carolyn Ave, Sioux Falls, SD
Free Cancellation
$58
3.1/5 (59 reviews)

Fantastic stay, great rooms, wonderfully pleasant staff! Will be back and refer to friends.

Reviewed on Mar 13, 2019
BudgetWifiBreakfast

Introduction to South Dakota

Your South Dakota vacation

In the heartland of America, you'll find a place where the plains meet the mountains, where bustling cities meet the wild frontier, And where winding rivers and wind swept prairies blend with towering granite peaks and jagged spires. Here, you'll find South Dakota, the land of Great Faces and Great Places.

Best time to take a trip to South Dakota

Best Time to Go

The best time of the year to plan South Dakota travel is spring or autumn, but don’t let the weather deter you. South Dakota is interesting any time of the year and you can often find cheap South Dakota vacations during the winter.

Things to do in South Dakota

Blackhills National Forest

Black Hills National Forest is 1.2 million acres of lush forest, granite peaks and outdoor adventure. The sky-piercing granite spires, known as the Needles, provide excellent and challenging rock climbing opportunities. The 114-mile George S. Mickelson Trail has gently rolling slopes and converted railroad bridges that take bikers and hikers from the northern to the southern tip of the Black Hills. Harney Peak, in the Black Elk Wilderness, has an elevation of 7,242 feet and is the highest point in the U.S. east of the Rocky Mountains.

Mount Rushmore National Memorial

Mount Rushmore National Memorial is our Nation’s Shrine of Democracy and a breathtaking work of art. In 1927, sculptor Gutzon Borglum came to the Black Hills to carve his masterpiece into the side of a granite mountain. Today, visitors from all over the world come to South Dakota to see the four faces of Mount Rushmore National Memorial and to explore the beautiful Black Hills.

Wind Cave National Park and Jewel Cave National Monument

Wind Cave National Park and Jewel Cave National Monument take Black Hills visitors deep beneath the surface. Wind Cave is considered one of the world's longest and most complex caves. Its thin calcite fins and honeycomb rock structures complement the 28,295 acres of mixed-grass prairie, ponderosa pine forest, and roaming buffalo. Jewel Cave National Monument is the second longest cave in the world at 141 miles. Its colorful calcite crystals create spectacular jewel-like formations giving the cave its name. The official length of Jewel Cave is continually growing as explorers find new passageways. In January 2008, 476-feet of new passageways were discovered.

Custer State Park

Custer State Park in the southern Black Hills offers families a unique vacation back to the old west. With 1,500 roaming buffalo, swift antelope, curious burros and shy elk, visitors can experience wildlife in the raw, natural beauty of the park. It also offers mountain lakes perfect for swimming, unique lodges and campsites, and dozens of trails for hiking and mountain biking. For those visitors who want to enjoy a scenic drive, Needles Highway and Iron Mountain Road offer breathtaking views, unique rock tunnels and pigtail bridges.

Badlands National Park

Badlands National Park is an experience that is “out-of-this-world.” Its 244,000 acres of sharply eroded buttes and jagged spires create a moon-like surface that is full of ancient history. Thousands of fossils of prehistoric beasts have been uncovered in the park. Many archeological and paleontological digs continue today.

Crazy Horse Memorial

Crazy Horse Memorial is the world’s largest mountain carving in progress. Blasting on the memorial started as a way to honor the culture and traditions of North American Indians. Visitors to Crazy Horse can see the progress of the mountain carving as well as tour a Native American Museum and art center on the campus of the Memorial.

Minuteman Missile National Historic Site

Minuteman Missile National Historic Site is located near Badlands National Park. The Delta One Launch Control Facility and the Delta Nine Launch Facility were ideal locations for long-term preservation because they were among the nation’s oldest—with technology dating back to the Cuban Missile Crisis. Only minor modifications have been made to the deactivated sites, and much of the original mechanical equipment and historic furnishings remain intact.

Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary

Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary, located in Hot Springs as part of your western South Dakota vacations, features wild horses running free over 11,000 acres.

Deadwood

Deadwood is a town in western South Dakota where even the streetlights are old fashioned lamps and the entire city is a historic landmark.

Insider tips for South Dakota travel

Keystone

Stop in Keystone for truly unique artwork on your South Dakota vacations where you will see Dahl’s Chainsaw Art.

Hot Springs

Enjoy an educational experience at the largest mammoth research facility in the world in Hot Springs.

1880 train

Take the 1880 train through the Black Hills on a two-hour trip on a traditional steam engine.

Deadwood Grille

Enjoy an evening of fine dining at Deadwood Grille as you visit the historic town and stop in the restaurant that fits the period.

Purple Pie Place

Get a taste of homemade treats and sweets at the Purple Pie Place in Custer as you relax and take a break during your South Dakota travel.

Top South Dakota attractions

Mount Rushmore National Memorial

South Dakota is home to Mount Rushmore National Memorial. In 1927, sculptor Gutzon Borglum came to the Black Hills to carve his masterpiece into the side of a granite mountain. Today, visitors from all over the world come to South Dakota to see the 60-foot faces of four American Presidents. It's a true national treasure and something you have to see to believe.

Mount Rushmore National Memorial symbolizes the ideals of freedom, democracy and the American dream in the four 60-foot granite faces. This mountain carving of Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln draws over three million visitors a year. It is both a spectacular site and a man-made wonder.

History:The first blast on the mountain occurred in 1927. Under the direction of sculptor Gutzon Borglum, 400 men and women worked through hot summers and cold winters to create the 60-foot faces, nearly 500 feet up the side of the mountain. Over 90% of the mountain was carved using dynamite. The fine details of the faces were achieved, using a jackhammer. Operators hung from the top of the mountain in bosun chairs held by steel cables.

Despite the dangerous work, in the 14 years it took to carve the mountain, not a single person died. The memorial was officially declared complete on October 31, 1941.

However, Gutzon Borglum's vision was not totally completed. In July of 1941 Borglum died unexpectedly. His son, Lincoln, tried to continue his father's work, but funding ran out as America entered World War II. Visitors, who would like to see a model of Borglum's original dream, can view it at the Sculptor's Studio located at the Memorial.

The Secret Behind the Faces: Another part of Borglum’s grand vision was for a Hall of Records to be carved in the canyon behind the faces. Borglum envisioned a majestic room that held important documents like the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. Borglum started blasting his hall, but never finished it.

On August 9, 1998, Gutzon Borglum’s dream was somewhat completed when a repository of records was placed in the floor of the hall entry. Inside a titanium vault, sixteen porcelain tablets tell the story of Mount Rushmore, the reasons for selecting the four presidents and a short history of the United States. The Hall of Records is not accessible to visitors.

Why These Four Presidents?: Borglum chose these four men to carve into the mountainside because they represented the first 150 years of American history. George Washington was our first president and a founding father of our great nation. Thomas Jefferson was the author of the Declaration of Independence—the basis for our democracy. Jefferson was also responsible for the expansion of the union with the Louisiana Purchase in 1803.

Abraham Lincoln was responsible for the preservation of the union by holding the country together during the Civil War, the most trying time in our nation’s history. Theodore Roosevelt was chosen because he led the country during the explosive economic growth of the early 20th century. He was also responsible for setting aside land for national parks so all generations of Americans could enjoy the beauty of the country.

South Dakota history and culture

South Dakota has a rich history that reaches from the days of the dinosaurs to the Cold War. One of the most complete T-Rex skeletons was found in South Dakota, and the largest collection of Columbian Wooly Mammoth bones are still being unearthed in the Black Hills. Hikers in Badlands National Park can watch ongoing digs in what is considered one of the richest fossil beds in the country.

South Dakota is home to the Lakota, Dakota and Nakota peoples—collectively known as the Sioux Nation. Several museums and cultural centers across the state depict the history and traditions of these nations as well as display ancient artifacts and modern artwork.

The Black Hills, called "Paha Sapa" by the Native Americans, are considered sacred ground to many tribes across the country. The Lakota Nation believes all life comes from "Paha Sapa", and they fought fiercely to protect them during the Indian Wars of the 1800s. One of the most sacred places is Bear Butte State Park in the northern Black Hills. This formation of magma never erupted and looks like a giant sleeping bear. It is still used as a place of worship for over 60 Native American tribes.

Across the eastern plains, visitors can explore our heritage along the Native American Scenic Byway or by attending a traditional powwow. More than 62,000 Native Americans currently live in South Dakota.

Gold Rush and Wild West

In 1874, an expedition led by General Custer discovered gold for the first time in the Black Hills. Two years later, the last great gold rush was on as prospectors from all over the country came looking for their fortunes. The largest find was near the town of present day Lead. Two brothers and their partner staked claim on a mine that would yield gold for over 120 years. In 2002, the Homestake Gold Mine shut down mining operations, but visitors can still tour the surface of the mine.

The Gold Rush of 1876 brought prospectors, gamblers and outlaws to the state, and the Wild West was born. The wildest town was considered to be the gold camp of Deadwood. Here is where Wild Bill Hickok was shot from behind while playing poker, where Calamity Jane created havoc and where Seth Bullock tamed the town without killing a single person.

The early pioneers conquered the prairies and left a lasting legacy across South Dakota. "Little House on the Prairie" author Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote of her life growing up in the town of De Smet. Four of her six books were written about her family's adventures on the prairies of South Dakota. You can tour her childhood homestead and see the places that inspired her classic books and a television series.

Many people don't know that South Dakota played a key role in the Cold War. In the 1960s, America began stockpiling Minuteman Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles. The 44th Missile Wing at Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota operated 150 missile silos and 15 launch control facilities in the western part of the state. Two of these sites, the Delta One Launch Control Facility and the Delta Nine Launch Facility, have been preserved as a National Historic Site to provide visitors with a unique Cold War history lesson.

In 1874, an expedition led by General Custer discovered gold for the first time in the Black Hills. Two years later, the last great gold rush was on as prospectors from all over the country came looking for their fortunes. The largest find was near the town of present day Lead. Two brothers and their partner staked claim on a mine that would yield gold for over 120 years. In 2002, the Homestake Gold Mine shut down mining operations, but visitors can still tour the surface of the mine.

The Gold Rush of 1876 brought prospectors, gamblers and outlaws to the state, and the Wild West was born. The wildest town was considered to be the gold camp of Deadwood. Here is where Wild Bill Hickok was shot from behind while playing poker, where Calamity Jane created havoc and where Seth Bullock tamed the town without killing a single person.

The early pioneers conquered the prairies and left a lasting legacy across South Dakota. "Little House on the Prairie" author Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote of her life growing up in the town of De Smet. Four of her six books were written about her family's adventures on the prairies of South Dakota. You can tour her childhood homestead and see the places that inspired her classic books and a television series.

Many people don't know that South Dakota played a key role in the Cold War. In the 1960s, America began stockpiling Minuteman Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles. The 44th Missile Wing at Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota operated 150 missile silos and 15 launch control facilities in the western part of the state. Two of these sites, the Delta One Launch Control Facility and the Delta Nine Launch Facility, have been preserved as a National Historic Site to provide visitors with a unique Cold War history lesson.

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