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The Ultimate South Dakota Road Trip Itinerary

South Dakota is as beautiful as it is underrated. From scenic landscapes to national landmarks, you’ll find it all in this state. This itinerary has something for everyone to enjoy in South Dakota.

Travel and Leisure ~ ” South Dakota was made for road trips: There are scenic, paved roads that lead to national treasures, natural anomalies, perfectly preserved Wild West towns, and quirky attractions. Whether you’re a history buff, foodie, or nature lover, this Midwest state delivers.

The state’s largest city and likely the place where you’d fly into, Sioux Falls is the logical starting point for a South Dakota road trip. If you’re driving west, follow this route, but if you’re heading east, flip it. Sioux Falls is an ever-growing and extremely walkable city with lots of incredible food options. Stay at the Hotel on Phillips for an example of the posh direction the city is headed. After checking in and exploring the nearby falls the city is famously named after, grab a happy hour drink on the PAve rooftop. Phillips Avenue Diner or Crave are the best spots for dinner. Plus, make sure to enjoy a cocktail at The Treasury, an upscale bar conveniently located back at the Hotel on Phillips.

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The surreal landscapes of Badlands National Park are alone worth the drive to South Dakota. From the rolling hills of the prairie lands protrude jagged spires that quickly expand to the horizon. The formations look like they could crumble with the slightest touch, but fear not, as they are solid and very fun to climb for all ages. Check into a cabin at the Cedar Pass Lodge for a night or two, and watch the sunset. The next morning, continue driving the Badlands Loop State Scenic Byway to glimpse wildlife like bison, bighorn sheep, and prairie dogs.” ~ Travel and Leisure

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** Please note: Due to the impact of COVID 19 on travel, we encourage people to always plan trips in accordance with the guidance provided by government and health officials.

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