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Get off the beaten path like never before in South Dakota’s northeast region, or more familiarly known as the “Glacial Lakes and Prairies” region. History, scenic roads, cultural touch points, and even the world’s largest pheasant are all on tap in this area.

Start your trip by walking the same grounds as Laura Ingalls Wilder, the author of the biographical children’s story “Little House on the Prairie” in the quaint little town of De Smet. View her historic home or check out the outdoor pageant and see local actors bring Ingalls Wilder’s stories to life.

Venture into Aberdeen – or the Hub City, as locals call it – and experience family fun at its finest. Aberdeen is famous for its Land of Oz at Wiley Park, where visitors and locals alike can follow Dorothy and Toto’s journey on the yellow brick road.

When you leave Aberdeen, make sure to stop at Sica (she-cha) Hollow State Park, where nature, history, culture and lore all mingle into one recreation paradise. The park, part of the Coteau Hills, offers a wide variety of year-round activities and is the source of many eerie Native American legends.

Walk the same grounds as Laura Ingalls Wilder, the author of the biographical children’s story “Little House on the Prairie” in the quaint little town of De Smet. Photo courtesy of Travel South Dakota

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Discover the delight of dining in the lesser-known but beloved eateries of Rapid City, South Dakota. Hidden in plain sight, these unique local favorites offer mouthwatering options.

Jambonz Deux, known for its Southern soul food with a kick of spice, is top on the list. Another must-visit is Sumo Japanese Kitchen, serving delicious authentic Japanese cuisine, located near the South Dakota School of Mines campus. Step into Rapid City’s first Bangladeshi establishment, Bengal Kitchen, where authentic flavors reign supreme thanks to a passionate husband-and-wife duo. Savor the flavors found at the Thai Thai Restaurant, known for its large portions of delicious creations. Finally, don’t miss The Mud Hole, a breakfast spot treasured by locals for its simple yet delectable fare.

Beyond these local favorites, the city offers an array of options suiting various preferences. From steakhouses to ice cream shops to bakeries and even ramen shops, you’re spoiled with dining options. Explore Rapid City’s diverse dining scene on your next visit!

Savor the flavors found at Rapid City’s Thai Thai Restaurant, known for its large portions of delicious creations. Photo courtesy of Visit Rapid City

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Lyndy Ireland is the sixth-generation owner of the Triangle Ranch Bed & Breakfast working ranch, which is located just outside Badlands National Park. The main home, built by Lyndy’s great-grandparents, proudly boasts a four-bedroom house – renovated by Lyndy and her husband, Kenny – a separate bunkhouse and a new cabin.

Lyndy and her daughter are the friendly faces guests will see at the ranch as they prepare a warm breakfast before guests set out on a day of hiking or exploring the ranch and petting the animals. As her 28th year as owner approaches, Lyndy says her passion for hospitality is stronger than ever. She enjoys welcoming guests from all over the world and sharing her family’s story along with learning about the visitors themselves. One thing is for certain: You will leave feeling much more like family than a guest.

Lyndy Ireland is the sixth-generation owner of the Triangle Ranch Bed & Breakfast, a working ranch where you will come as a guest and leave feeling like family. Photo courtesy of Travel South Dakota

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Del Iron Cloud is an accomplished acrylic and watercolor artist who brings vibrant Native American scenes to life, drawing inspiration from historic books and the local environment. Del’s artistic journey began at a young age when he created his first mural on the backside of his grandmother’s door with crayons – a race car scene that, unfortunately, had to be scrubbed off.

Throughout school, Del’s passion for art flourished with the encouragement of peers and a teacher who introduced him to the Institute of American Arts in Santa Fe. However, after two years, Del realized the contemporary focus of the school didn’t align with his love for realism, a style rooted in his admiration for artists like Michelangelo and Da Vinci. He then pursued his art education at the American Academy of Art in Chicago.

While in Chicago, Del enlisted in the United States Air Force and served in Vietnam. His artistic talent didn’t go unnoticed, leading to opportunities within the Air Force to create murals throughout the building.

Today, Del creates from a studio space in Prairie Edge Trading Co. & Galleries. Visitors can meet him during the summer, watch him create and browse his artwork displayed throughout the store.

You can watch Del Iron Cloud create his acrylic and watercolor masterpieces at his studio space in Prairie Edge Trading Co. & Galleries in Rapid City, South Dakota. Photo courtesy of Visit Rapid City

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Crazy Horse Memorial Volksmarch (Custer), June 1 & October 1

Hike up the mountain to stand face-to-face with Crazy Horse! The volksmarch is the most popular organized hike in the United States, welcoming nearly 15,000 hikers.

Laura Ingalls Wilder Pageant (De Smet), July 5-7, 12-14, 19-21

The annual Laura Ingalls Wilder Pageant in De Smet is an outdoor theater experience celebrating the Ingalls family and De Smet’s early history.

Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally (Sturgis) , August 2-11

It’s biker heaven! Each year since 1937, Sturgis’ Main Street becomes a sea of motorcycles, leather and, of course, people.

Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup & Arts Festival (Custer), September 27

The ground rumbles and the dust flies as cowboys, cowgirls and park crews saddle up to bring in the thundering herd. Adding to the weekend’s festivities is the annual Arts Festival, held Thursday through Saturday adjacent to the State Game Lodge.

25th Anniversary of Minuteman Missile National Historic Site (Philip)

2024 marks the 25th anniversary of Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, located just minutes from Badlands National Park. The site protects two facilities that were once part of a Minuteman Missile field that covered the far western portion of South Dakota.

It’s biker heaven! Each year since 1937, the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally turns Sturgis’ Main Street into a sea of motorcycles, leather and, of course, people. Photo courtesy of Travel South Dakota

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Rapid City, South Dakota, offers a wealth of unique events providing visitors with a diverse and unforgettable experience. Discover the heart of the Black Hills by attending one of the many iconic events in the area!

The Black Hills Stock Show and Rodeo

The Black Hills Stock Show and Rodeo is a 10-day extravaganza that showcases the state’s official sport of rodeo in grand style. With over 300 vendors, nonstop rodeo action and a lively beer festival, it offers something for everyone to enjoy. Whether you’re a seasoned cowboy or a newcomer, the Black Hills Stock Show and Rodeo promises 10 days of fun and entertainment.

Black Hills Powwow

Every October, vibrant Native American culture is celebrated at the Black Hills Powwow, which ranks as one of the nation’s largest powwows. This event unites dancers, singers, artisans and spectators from all over. First time attending a powwow? Learn the meaning of the movements here, or RSVP to attend the Wacipi 101 classes offered at the event.

Vibrant Native American culture is celebrated each October at the Black Hills Powwow, one of the nation’s largest powwows. Photo courtesy of Visit Rapid City

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A unique and exciting event in the Great American West is South Dakota’s Indian Horse Relay Races! Leading riders and teams from seven Nations covering Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Washington, Oregon, Arizona, Wyoming and Canada battle it out on the racetrack.

Indian relays began approximately 400 years ago, when the sacred horse was introduced to the Plains. Today’s Indian Relay competition is an organized sport with governing associations, rules and prize money. Races are broken into heats, with four to six teams lined up on a racetrack. Each team has three horses, one rider, two horse holders and a horse mugger. The mugger is responsible for catching incoming horses in between exchanges, while the holders calm the horses before and after runs.

You can find an annual tour of Indian Relays organized by the Horse Nation Indian Relay Council (HNIRC), headquartered in Pine Ridge, South Dakota.

2023 Schedule:

  • May 20-21 (Fort Pierre, South Dakota)
  • June 24-25 (Crow Agency, Montana)
  • July 29-30 (Evanston, Wyoming)
  • August 5-6, 2023 (Pine Ridge, South Dakota)
  • August 12 -13, 2023 (Lower Brule, South Dakota)
  • August 18-20 (Crow Agency, Montana)
  • September 22-24 (Casper, Wyoming)

Check back here for the 2024 event schedule.

Indian relays began approximately 400 years ago, when the sacred horse was introduced to the Plains. Today’s Indian Relay competition is an organized sport with governing associations, rules and prize money. Photo courtesy of Travel South Dakota

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Embark on a captivating journey through the rich history of the area, shaped by the Black Hills Gold Rush. Discover how gold was discovered in 1874, igniting a population surge of gold hunters and mining camps. Today, you can still experience this rush by visiting various sites in the Rapid City area that showcase the profound impact it had on the region.

Start your gold rush experience at the Journey Museum & Learning Center, where you’ll explore exhibits on geology, pioneer history, and how the gold rush impacted the Lakota people. Witness the creation of Black Hills Gold jewelry with a tour at the Mount Rushmore Black Hills Gold Factory, where artisans are still handcrafting Black Hills Gold into iconic grape leaf designs.

Discover the underground wonders of the area at Black Hills Caverns with a guided tour and try your hand at gemstone mining. Or follow the historic Rockerville Flume trail, which weaves you through stunning views and into historic tunnels, and reveals pieces of the remaining flume used during the mining boom of the 1880s.

Discover the underground wonders of the Rapid City area at Black Hills Caverns with a guided tour and try your hand at gemstone mining. Photo courtesy of Visit Rapid City

For more information on Rapid City, visit VisitRapidCity.com.