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Cultural Guide

South Dakota (SD) – "The Mount Rushmore State "

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An important sector in South Dakota's economy is tourism. Many travel to view the attractions of the state, particularly those in the Black Hills region, such as historic Deadwood, Mount Rushmore, and the nearby state and national parks. One of the largest tourist events in the state is the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

Major Cities:

Sioux Falls, Rapid City

National Parks:
  • Mount Rushmore National Memorial
  • Badlands National Park
  • Wind Cave National Park
Must do while there:

Visit Mount Rushmore National Memorial. The stony faces of past presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt - carved 60ft tall in the granite of a Black Hills outcrop - are one of the most famous images in the USA and the top attraction in the state.

The Crazy Horse Memorial is a mountain monument complex that is under construction on privately held land in the Black Hills, in Custer County, South Dakota. The memorial consists of the mountain carving (monument), the Indian Museum of North America, and the Native American Cultural Center. High Plains Western Heritage Center - the center is a five state regional museum founded to honor the old west pioneers and the Native Americans of North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, and Nebraska. View fantastic exhibits of Western art, artifacts and memorabilia.

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