Highest-rated things to do in South Dakota, according to Tripadvisor

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December 26, 2021
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Highest-rated things to do in South Dakota, according to Tripadvisor

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Indeed, even if you've lived in South Dakota your whole life, you might be surprised by just how many top-rated things you've yet to cross off your list. From architectural wonders and picturesque views to historical museums and other must-see sights, you'll find your appreciation for South Dakota reignited just by reading through this list of top-rated things to do.

Stacker compiled a list of the highest-rated things to do in South Dakota using data from Tripadvisor. Tripadvisor ranks places using a combination of metrics, including overall rating, reviews, and number of page views. As a result, an activity with a 5 out of 5 overall rating might rank lower than one with a 4 out of 5. Data is as of June 3, 2024.

Whether you're a family of five traveling in a recreational vehicle or a duo of friends looking for a quick getaway in South Dakota, read on for a list of sights you could easily plan a trip around.

#30. Adams House

- Rating: 4.5/5 (518 reviews)
- Address: 22 Van Buren St. Deadwood, South Dakota
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#29. Black Hills National Forest

- Rating: 5/5 (913 reviews)
- Address: Custer, South Dakota
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#28. Presidential Trail

- Rating: 4.5/5 (1,466 reviews)
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#27. Akta Lakota Museum

- Rating: 5/5 (472 reviews)
- Address: 1301 North Main St. St. Joseph's Indian School Chamberlain, South Dakota
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#26. Chapel in the Hills

- Rating: 4.5/5 (682 reviews)
- Address: 3788 Chapel Lane Rapid City, South Dakota
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#25. Cosmos Mystery Area

- Rating: 4/5 (1,105 reviews)
- Address: 24040 Cosmos Road Rapid City, South Dakota
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#24. Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway

- Rating: 4.5/5 (965 reviews)
- Address: US Highway 14A Spearfish, South Dakota
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#23. Mount Moriah Cemetery

- Rating: 4.5/5 (1,870 reviews)
- Address: 10 Mt Moriah Drive Deadwood, South Dakota
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#22. Jewel Cave National Monument

- Rating: 4.5/5 (1,435 reviews)
- Address: 11149 US Highway 16 Building B12 Custer, South Dakota
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#21. Wall Drug

- Rating: 3.5/5 (4,254 reviews)
- Address: 510 Main St. Wall, South Dakota
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#20. Big Thunder Gold Mine

- Rating: 4.5/5 (1,282 reviews)
- Address: 604 Blair St. Keystone, South Dakota
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#19. Downtown Rapid City

- Rating: 4.5/5 (2,342 reviews)
- Address: 512 Main St. Rapid City, South Dakota
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#18. Badlands Wall

- Rating: 5/5 (1,326 reviews)
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#17. Badlands National Park

- Rating: 5/5 (1,073 reviews)
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#16. Spearfish Canyon

- Rating: 5/5 (834 reviews)
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#15. Badlands National Park

- Rating: 5/5 (962 reviews)
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#14. Needles Eye

- Rating: 5/5 (1,738 reviews)
- Address: SD Hwy 87 North Custer, South Dakota
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#13. Loop Road

- Rating: 5/5 (1,985 reviews)
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#12. Crazy Horse Memorial

- Rating: 4/5 (5,495 reviews)
- Address: 12151 Ave. of the Chiefs Crazy Horse, South Dakota
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#11. Iron Mountain Road

- Rating: 5/5 (1,729 reviews)
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#10. South Dakota 87

- Rating: 5/5 (971 reviews)
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#9. Rushmore Tramway Adventures

- Rating: 4.5/5 (1,667 reviews)
- Address: 203 Cemetery Road Keystone, South Dakota
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#8. The Mammoth Site of Hot Springs

- Rating: 4.5/5 (1,792 reviews)
- Address: 1800 U.S. 18 Bypass Hot Springs, South Dakota
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#7. Reptile Gardens

- Rating: 4.5/5 (2,340 reviews)
- Address: 8955 South Highway 16 Rapid City, South Dakota
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#6. Sylvan Lake

- Rating: 5/5 (2,002 reviews)
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#5. Wildlife Loop Road

- Rating: 4.5/5 (2,770 reviews)
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#4. Bear Country USA

- Rating: 4.5/5 (4,263 reviews)
- Address: 13820 Us-16 Rapid City, South Dakota
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#3. Falls Park

- Rating: 4.5/5 (3,437 reviews)
- Address: 131 East Falls Park Drive Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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#2. Custer State Park

- Rating: 5/5 (6,219 reviews)
- Address: 13329 US Highway 16A Custer, South Dakota
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#1. Mount Rushmore National Memorial

- Rating: 4.5/5 (11,931 reviews)
- Address: 13000 Hwy 244 Keystone, South Dakota
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This story features data reporting by Karim Noorani, writing by Michelle No, and is part of a series utilizing data automation across 50 states.

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