South Dakota is no less impressive than its counterpart North
Dakota. It is not surprising that tourism is the largest industry in
this state. Because of the rural character, agriculture is another
important source of income.
Numerous national parks, state parks
and panoramic roads offer good opportunities to get to know the
country and its people. Time seems to stand still in many places,
because the wild west and the culture of the Native Americans are
clearly recognizable in many places.
South Dakota: facts
- Area: 199,731 sq km
- Population: 814,180
- Abbreviation: SD
- Capital: Pierre
- Local time: UTC -6
- Nickname: The Mount Rushmore State
South Dakota - a journey through time to the wild west
South Dakota borders North
Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, Wyoming and Montana. The Black
Hills are to the west and the Badlands to the east. To the east is
the Coteau de Prairies, a plateau in the middle of the flat
prairie. Sioux Fall, with a population of 153,000, is the largest
city in the state.
Like North Dakota, its southern counterpart is only sparsely
populated. All other cities are small by American standards, because
no more than 10,000 to 25,000 residents live here. The only other
major city is Rapid City with 68,000 residents. There are no
metropolitan regions with a modern economy in South Dakota. In terms
of economic strength, however, South Dakota is clearly poorer than
North Dakota, although both countries are agricultural.
Due to the rural character as well as the culture and customs
from the past centuries, rodeo is the most popular sport in this
state. The Corn Palace Stampede Rodeo in Mitchell is very popular.
Many smaller towns, but also larger cities, provide knowledge
about the history of the Wild West and Indian culture with various
museums, facilities and historical sites. The famous Indian
chief Crazy Horse is honored with his own mountain sculpture at the
Crazy Horse Memorial.
General George Custer doesn't miss out on honor either. The
Custer State Park was named after him and is home to numerous
animals typical of this region, such as bison, bighorn sheep,
mountain goats and antelopes.
The hospitality of the region is well known and everyone is
welcome in large and small places. In Deadwood, visitors experience
a living pioneering heritage. Rapid City offers exquisite and
extraordinary handicrafts of the indigenous people, of which one or
the other piece will surely look good in your own home.
Sioux Falls invites you to spend money in chic
boutiques. However, the main attraction is Mount Rushmore, which
shows the faces of four presidents carved into the rock formation.