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Special Message from the South Dakota Dept. of Tourism


For those of you who are planning a trip to South Dakota, we would like to take a moment to bring you up-to-date on the status of the National Park Service units in our state AND to encourage you to continue with your travel plans to The Mount Rushmore State. South Dakota has an incredible offering of events, attractions and activities that will make your vacation exciting, memorable and fun!

As a result of the federal government shutdown, the following national parks, memorials and monuments are closed: Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Badlands National Park, Wind Cave National Park, Jewel Cave NationalMonument, and the Minuteman Missile National Historic Site. The Missouri National Recreational River park office is closed, but the river is open.

South Dakota has SO much to offer our visitors in addition to these amazing National Park Service units. Here is just a small sampling:

  • The crown jewel of the South Dakota State Park system, Custer State Park (the nation's second largest state park)
  • Scenic drives and byways, including Needles Highway
  • Incredible Black Hills caves
  • Beautiful hiking and biking trails
  • Gorgeous fall foliage in Spearfish Canyon, Sica Hollow State Park, Newton Hills State Park and the George S. Mickelson Trail
  • Historic Deadwood
  • The center of the nation in Belle Fourche
  • The City of Presidents, Rapid City
  • The charm and art galleries of Hill City
  • The appeal and history of Custer
  • The city of Keystone
  • The Wild Horse Sanctuary and the Mammoth Site in Hot Springs
  • The world famous Wall Drug Store
  • The world's largest mountain carving-in-progress at Crazy Horse Memorial
  • Native American culture and history of nine South Dakota Indian Tribes
  • The power and beauty of the mighty Missouri River, which traverses the state from north to south
  • Pioneer history at the Ingalls Homestead and the Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Society in De Smet
  • Amazing art galleries and museums along Interstate 29, such as the National Music Museum in Vermillion and the Children's Museum of South Dakota in Brookings
  • Unique wineries
  • Pristine glacial lakes
  • Shopping, arts and culture in South Dakota's largest city, Sioux Falls
  • Lewis and Clark Recreation Area in Yankton
  • The World's Only Corn Palace in Mitchell
  • The Terry Redlin Art Center in Watertown
  • Storybook Land in Aberdeen
  • The State Capitol, museums and memorials in Pierre

The list could go on and on, but we think you get the picture! 
Please visit to learn about all of these sites and more, or visit the websites of the four regional tourism associations in South Dakota:

We're open for business and we look forward to seeing you in South Dakota!

- The South Dakota Department of Tourism