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Best Road Trips in South Dakota

Hit the road and see famous national parks this summer, have a snowy adventure in the Mount Rushmore State this winter, and just plain enjoy yourself any time in between.

Why not start with the Lewis & Clark Trail? From 1804 to 1806, Meriwether Lewis & William Clark explored the “frontier” along the Missouri River, including north through the Dakotas and westward toward the Pacific Ocean. South Dakota was a big part of their trip, so let's follow the Lewis & Clark Trail.

Now try the Western South Dakota Tour? This popular area offers a fascinating blend of natural beauty – from flat prairie grasslands to rugged, majestic mountains – and historic sites from Native American Battlefields to Mt. Rushmore. The Badlands and Black Hills beckon, along with some of the most amazing territory for bikers and drivers alike. From the state’s capital city of Pierre to Rapid City, Sturgis, Deadwood, Custer, and more, let’s go explore.

Don't forget Eastern South Dakota. The eastern half of South Dakota doesn’t always get the accolades of the more mountainous western half of the state, but there is plenty to explore and enjoy when you treat yourself to the lakes, prairies, small towns, wide-open spaces, and general friendliness of the people in the state.