South Dakota, as one might imagine, has plenty of wide-open space. Big cities are far apart, and roads seem to go on forever. But don’t think that means there is nothing to see here, especially if you prefer to travel on two wheels. With so many options for road bike riding, you can pretty much just pick a point A and a point B and head out. But, if you’d like a more specific suggestion, check out one of these road biking rides in The Mount Rushmore State.
Coteau des Prairie Tour
The 93.5-mile Coteau des Prairie, or "Hills of the Prairie," loop travels through the sprawling prairie and the rolling hills of northeastern South Dakota. The ride is scenic, and has several stops at state parks and recreation areas along the way. Highlights of this route include Sica Hollow State Park, with its Native American legends and ghost stories, not to mention Fort Sisseton Historic State Park, Roy Lake State Park and Pickerel Lake Recreation Area. The lake recreation areas make great pit stops on a hot day, or places to camp overnight. Because the Coteau des Prairie Tour is a loop, it’s possible to only ride a portion of it, or use the whole thing as training for a century ride. Head west on the loop for a 1,200-foot climb just outside Sisseton, or east for a faster, downhill ride. There are only two towns along the tour, so come prepared.