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SOUTH DAKOTA

History & Heritage

South Dakota's history reads like an adventure story. It's a tale of Plains Indians, explorers and pioneers. And it features names like Crazy Horse, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Lewis and Clark, and Wild Bill Hickok. When you visit South Dakota, you'll find many opportunities to experience first-hand our rich history and heritage. The Past. South Dakota has a rich history, and through this site you'll find many links to stories of our state. Plains Indians. South Dakota is the home of the Dakota, Lakota and Nakota tribes, which make up the Sioux Nation. Lewis and Clark traveled through South Dakota in 1804 and 1806 on their journey to the West Coast. They had many adventures in our state. You can, too, when you follow the Lewis and Clark Trail.

Parks & Monuments

The Black Hills region is home to national treasures. These parks, forests and memorials encompass some of the West's most stunning landscapes, and they preserve America's colorful history. In addition, the state park system includes glacial lakes, historic forts and sprawling stretches of riverfront. Mount Rushmore National Memorial stands as a powerful symbol of American democracy. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln make up the world-famous "Shrine of Democracy." Crazy Horse Memorial. The nine-story-high face of the legendary Lakota leader, Crazy Horse, gazes over the Black Hills. Black Hills National Forest. A sea of pine trees, so thick they look black from a distance, cover these aged mountains. Black Hills National Forest stretches for 1.2 million acres, offering outdoor adventure against a backdrop of stunning scenery. Badlands National Park. The harsh landscape of Badlands National Park was created by millions of years of erosion. The Lakota called it "mako sica," meaning "land bad." Today, you can view these fantastic formations along scenic roads or hiking trails. National Caves. Within a ring of limestone surrounding the granite core of the Black Hills lies one of the largest cave systems in the world. Jewel Cave National Monument and Wind Cave National Park are examples of this underground wilderness.

Events & Activities

From fairs to festivals and rodeos to ethnic celebrations, the statewide calendar of events helps you plan your vacation. View a video clip of one of South Dakota's most exciting events: the annual Buffalo Roundup. You should see South Dakota in the winter. Skiing, snowmobiling, skating, ice fishing and the rest are more than fun adventures. They're wonderful excuses to sightsee in the cold! Cyclists rave about South Dakota's awesome rides. Even the International Mountain Biking Association gave our trails an "A" grade. Check out these fat-tire and road rides for biking enthusiasts. Sue," the world-famous T-rex, was found in South Dakota. If you're interested in extinct creatures or ancient peoples, check out these opportunities to unearth archaeological and paleontological treasures. South Dakota has broad expanses of prairie, mountain, lake and river-break country open for you and your walking shoes. You'll want to explore the state's hiking trails. Fall Fishing and hunting enthusiasts love South Dakota for its great variety of wildlife and unbeatable locations. Take a peek at our online Fishing and Hunting Guide, and you'll soon agree. Fall is a great time for a hike...or a ride, or a drive to see South Dakota's fall foliage. Motorcyclists enjoy South Dakota's wide-open spaces. One of the biggest events every summer is the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. The 2003 rally is August 4-10. Be sure to review South Dakota's motorcycle driving laws.

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