Like much of the Midwest, South Dakota doesn’t usually top most people’s travel destination bucket list. But that’s precisely what makes it a surprisingly fun place to explore. Take a spin through the state and you’ll find so much more than Mount Rushmore – you’ll encounter unexpectedly art-filled alleyways to hikes so beautiful, they’ll blow your mind. Hot springs that have been around for more than 100 years await as well. If you’re looking for a unique outdoor adventure, South Dakota definitely won’t disappoint.
1. Discover Art Alley in Rapid City
Tucked away in a small area of Rapid City’s downtown is an alleyway full of graffiti art called Art Alley. Strolling through these graffiti and postered streets is one of the artsiest and most unique ways to explore a city that is usually only driven through en route to Mount Rushmore. If you’re lucky, you’ll stumble across offerings from the residents of the alley, like a cooler full of sage labeled “Free! Help Yourself!” and you’ll instantly understand what makes this place so special.