State of South Dakota

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South Dakota State Facts

  • List of Counties

  • List of Towns

  • Points of Interest

  • Capital: Pierre

  • Largest city: Sioux Falls

  • Highest point: Harney Peak, 7,244 ft (2208 m)

  • Lowest point: Big Stone Lake on Minnesota border, 968 ft (295 m)

  • Admission to Union: November 2, 1889 (40th)

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South Dakota State Information

  • The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is an American motorcycle rally held annually in Sturgis, South Dakota usually during the first full week of August.

  • Mount Rushmore National Memorial in the Black Hills

  • Beaver Creek Bridge in Wind Cave National Park

  • Open roads, preserved nature, world-famous roadside attractions, historic landmarks

  • South Dakota’s scenic drives are well worth the extra tank of gas

  • Thousands of years of prehistoric human and animal evidence lay buried in South Dakota

  • Open roads, preserved nature, world-famous roadside attractions, historic landmarks

  • The Mammoth Site of Hot Springs is an active paleontological dig site, which boasts the largest concentration of mammoth remains in the world

South Dakota Points of Interest

South Dakota Points of Interest

Points of Interest of South Dakota, Things To Do, Places To Go, People To Meet

Our Story

The state of South Dakota is located within the Midwestern region of the United States and got its name from the Lakota and Dakota Sioux American Indian Tribes. The state is the 17th ranked most extensive with a total land area of 77,116 square miles, as well as the 5th ranked least populated with a total population of 824,082 as of 2011, which also makes it the 5th ranked least densely populated state. The state capital is the city of Pierre, however Sioux Falls is the largest city in the state with a population of roughly 160,000 people.

South Dakota is bordered by the states of North Dakota, Iowa, Wyoming, Nebraska, Minnesota, and Montana. The Missouri River divides the state both geographically and socially which are known locally as “east river” and “west river”. Most of the states population resides in the eastern part of the state, and there is an abundance of fertile soil in this region which is used to grow and harvest a wide range of crops. On the western side of the state, ranching is the top agricultural activity and the economy is this region is more dependent on tourism as well as defense spending.

There are numerous major bodies of water in the state which include the Missouri River, James River, Cheyenne River, White River, Lake Francis Case, Lewis and Clark Lake, and Lake Oahe. The highest point of elevation in the state is Harney Peak which tops out at 7,242 feet above sea level, while the lowest point is Big Stone Lake which is 962 feet above sea level. The state consists of 64 counties and is nicknames “Mount Rushmore State”. The state motto is “Under God the people rule” and the state song is “Hail, South Dakota”. The state bird is the Chinese Ring-Necked Pheasant, the state fish is the Walleye, the state flower is the American Pasqueflower, and the state tree is the Black Hills Spruce tree. While many tourist visit the state each year to view Mt. Rushmore, many others come to enjoy its natural scenery and open space, making it an ideal retreat for outdoor enthusiasts.

The Crazy Horse Memorial is a mountain monument under construction on privately held land in the Black Hills, in Custer County, South Dakota. It depicts Crazy Horse, an Oglala Lakota warrior, riding a horse and pointing into the distance

Custer State Park in East Custer, the park is home to a famous herd of 1500 free roaming bison

Thousands of years of prehistoric human and animal evidence lay buried in South Dakota