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The seventeenth largest state by area in the USA, South Dakota is situated in the north central part of the country. Surrounded by the states of North Dakota, Wyoming, Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota and Montana, its name is derived from Sioux Indian tribes and means â€śalliesâ€ť. Pierre is the state capital while Sioux Falls is the largest city.
While four rivers â€“ Missouri, Cheyenne, James and White - flow in South Dakota, it is the Missouri River that divides the state into two halves. South Dakota has numerous attractions for the historically inclined, outdoor enthusiasts, nature lovers and entertainment zones for the entire family.
Mount Rushmore National Memorial is certainly the biggest attraction of the state bringing in about two million visitors annually. Situated near Keystone, the memorial is a massive granite sculpture wherein the faces of four American Presidents have been beautifully carved. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln are bought alive in this masterpiece creation.
South Dakota has nearly 60 State parks and 7 National Parks / Historic Sites. Custer State Park is considered to be the perfect location for an exciting vacation for the entire family. Also, the Lewis and Clark Trail that retraces the historic journey through the state, is ideal for adventure lovers. Badlands National Park, Wind Cave National Park and Jewel Cave National Monument are the other stunning destinations.
The climate of South Dakota oscillates between extremes and hence tourists need to plan their visit according to the season favourable to their interests.