Oct 10, 2021 | Area Amenities | Condé Nast Traveler
THE PANDEMIC HAS INSPIRED A NEWFOUND INTEREST IN THE U.S.'S WIDE-OPEN SPACES—AND SOUTH DAKOTA, ONE OF THE LEAST SPARSELY POPULATED STATES, IS FULL OF THEM. BUT THERE’S MORE TO THE MOUNT RUSHMORE STATE THAN SQUARE FOOTAGE AND THE STATE'S MOST INFAMOUS MONUMENT (THOUGH THAT NICKNAME MIGHT LEAD YOU TO BELIEVE OTHERWISE).
In addition to South Dakota’s six national parks and the rolling plains, striking rock formations, and Indigenous history that fill them, an influx of buzzy restaurants and hotels have cropped up, making now an exciting time to visit. And when you are ready to get outside, you’ll find a number of ways to enjoy the landscape—from ancient hot springs and upscale tented camps to butte-surrounded hikes that’ll get your blood pumping.
Consider this four-day South Dakota road trip, which shoots east to west from Sioux Falls to Hot Springs, the perfect introduction to the state.