Crisp autumn air, bright blue skies and an array of fall colors make autumn an ideal time to vacation in South Dakota. You’ll find affordable lodging, dining and activities for the entire family. Make your planning easy with vacation packages that include lodging and at least one activity for one convenient price.

When the kids have long weekend breaks from school, keep the learning alive with an educational adventure. South Dakota is rich in prehistoric exhibits, Wild West legends, and frontier and Native American stories.

Monumental Memories
Mount Rushmore National Memorial, our nation’s Shrine of Democracy, is a destination that you have to see to believe. In South Dakota, you’ll also find the world’s second and fourth longest caves, lunar-like surfaces in Badlands National Park and a one-of-a-kind attraction that takes you into the launch room of a deactivated Minuteman missile. Experience all the national parks in South Dakota.

Another must-see fall event is the annual Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup and Arts Festival. The Old West comes alive as cowboys, cowgirls and park staff round up nearly 1,500 free-roaming bison the last Monday in September.


If you’re looking for something a little quieter, check out the fall colors of the state with a walk along our hiking trails or drive down a scenic byway. Come enjoy the sights, sounds and tastes of the season at our fun fall events and festivals.

World-Class Hunting Vacations
South Dakota is known for its world-class pheasant hunting. Bag your limit of ring-necked pheasants during a hunting vacation. As part of Rooster Rush 2009, you can register for your chance to win a guided hunt with Minnesota Viking and South Dakota native, Chad Greenway.

Few truly wild places remain in this country. Custer State Park is one of them. Located in the Black Hills of South Dakota, the park is home to a variety of wildlife and magnificent scenery spanning 71,000 acres.

Nearly 1,500 bison, commonly called buffalo, roam the prairies and hills of Custer State Park, which they share with swift pronghorn, shy elk, sure-footed mountain goats and curious burros. Visitors often enjoy close encounters with these permanent residents along the 18-mile Wildlife Loop Road that winds around the southern edge of the park.