South Dakota Department of Tourism

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As the ultimate destination for family road trips, South Dakota offers the best of affordable travel with historic experiences, iconic attractions, quirky roadside stops and classic Americana ambiance. Beyond famous monuments like Mount Rushmore National Memorial and Crazy Horse Memorial, families can journey back in time to learn about the Old West. All ages will enjoy an old-fashioned chuck wagon cookout or a ride on the 1880 Train through the Black Hills. Learning becomes fun when kids join the Junior Ranger Program and dig for fossils, or discover the Night Sky Program and spend an evening under the stars at Badlands National Park. Other family favorites throughout the state include safari jeep rides to view the 1,300 bison in Custer State Park, experiencing life as a pioneer at the Laura Ingalls Wilder Homestead, and up close encounters with bears, wolves, snakes and more at Bear Country USA and Reptile Gardens. Whether you’re a child or an adult, South Dakota’s family offerings combine education and excitement to give you a vacation to remember. For more information, visit