Prepare your mind, body, and soul for a nature-focused adventure through this mesmerizing Mount Rushmore state.
If you’re searching for unique experiences, rich history, and a plethora of natural wonders you’ll never stop thinking about then South Dakota in the United States is the perfect place for your next adventure. Leave the bustling streets and big cities behind for grassy plains and dramatic landscapes on our South Dakota tours and holidays and reconnect with a nature that’s both peaceful and breathtaking. From the formidable rocky pinnacles of Badlands National Park and the alluring waters of natural hot springs scattered across the state to the small-town charm and welcoming mid-western hospitality, South Dakota is a fascinating land full of Native American culture, national memorials, and unforgettable scenery.
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Trips from 1 January 2023 onwards
From 1 January 2023, Intrepid will no longer require travellers to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 (excluding all Polar trips and select adventure cruises).
However, we continue to strongly recommend that all Intrepid travellers and leaders get vaccinated to protect themselves and others.
Specific proof of testing or vaccination may still be required by your destination or airline. Please ensure you check travel and entry requirements carefully.
The best way to get to South Dakota largely depends on where in the United States you're travelling from with flying, self-driving, and catching public transport among the easiest and most time-efficient options. If you're travelling from a nearby state, self-driving might be the way to go as you have more flexibility over the journey and the total travel time is unlikely to be more than a few hours. If you're travelling from a coast or somewhere equally as far, flying will be the quickest option. There are five primary airports in South Dakota making it easy to arrive at your desired destination within the state.
South Dakota is a naturally beautiful state with sweeping grassy plains and dramatic landscapes full of rocky mountains so in order to make the most out of its spectacular scenery, self-driving is one of the best ways to get from place to place. There are two interstate highways that run through the state, however, alternate routes are also encouraged to explore South Dakota further. You can easily fly around the state with airports in the major cities of Rapid City, Sioux Falls, Pierre, Aberdeen, and Watertown. South Dakota also has an impressive public transport system making it easy to get around the state if you're on a budget.
South Dakota can be enjoyed all year round but the peak time to visit this breathtaking state is during the months of May through to September. During this time the weather is reasonably warm without being uncomfortably hot. Average temperatures sit at around 23°C making it the perfect weather to spend the majority of your time exploring South Dakota's incredible landscapes. Be mindful that because this is considered to be the 'peak' season that accommodation prices will rise, availability will lower and crowds will be larger.
To ensure your trip to South Dakota is a stress-free one, it's important to double-check you've packed everything you could possibly need. Aside from weather-appropriate clothes, some important things to pack are sunhats, sunglasses, sunscreen, comfortable walking/hiking shoes, a backpack/day bag, a camera, extra electronic chargers, and a reusable water bottle.
There are nine Native American tribes who call South Dakota their home and who have lived on this land for centuries. These tribes are the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe, the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe, the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe, the Oglala Sioux Tribe, the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, and the Yankton Sioux Tribe; each with their own individual story to tell about their beliefs and way of life.
Intrepid is committed to making travel widely accessible, regardless of ability or disability. That’s why we do our best to help as many people see the world as possible, regardless of any physical or mental limitations they might have. We’re always happy to talk to travellers with disabilities and see if we can help guide them towards the most suitable itinerary for their needs and where possible, make reasonable adjustments to our itineraries.
Yes, all Intrepid trips support the Intrepid Foundation. In fact, we make a donation on behalf of every traveller. Trips to this country directly support our global Intrepid Foundation partner, Eden Reforestation Projects.
Eden Reforestation Projects
Eden Reforestation Projects are helping to mitigate climate change by restoring forests worldwide; they also hire locally and create job opportunities within vulnerable communities. Donations from our trips support restoration across planting sites in 10 countries around the globe.