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  • Corn Palace

    Corn Palace

    Mitchell, South Dakota

    This corn-plastered edifice has proclaimed itself the "agricultural showplace of the world" for over 100 years.

  • Reptile Gardens

    Reptile Gardens

    Rapid City, South Dakota

    Classic Black Hills tourist attraction has the largest collection of reptiles on Earth, including a giant crocodile named Maniac.

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  • Buffalo Ridge Ghost Town (1880 Cowboy Town)

    Buffalo Ridge Ghost Town (1880 Cowboy Town)

    Buffalo Ridge, South Dakota

    Animated characters creak to life to tell their stories of the Wild West.

  • Center of the Nation Monument

    Center of the Nation Monument

    Belle Fourche, South Dakota

    Belle Fourche is the Geographic Center of the U.S. A big "stand on the Center" monument proves it.

  • Chief Crazy Horse Memorial

    Chief Crazy Horse Memorial

    Crazy Horse, South Dakota

    Bigger than Mount Rushmore. And more than a head.

  • Death Chair of Wild Bill Hickok

    Death Chair of Wild Bill Hickok

    Deadwood, South Dakota

    Deadwood has become fashionable again, but Wild Bill Hickok's Death Chair has been drawing visitors for over 70 years.

  • Adams Museum: Deadwood's Attic

    Adams Museum: Deadwood's Attic

    Deadwood, South Dakota

    The entertaining detritus of Deadwood, including the gold nugget of Potato Creek Johnny and a two-headed calf.

  • National Presidential Wax Museum

    National Presidential Wax Museum

    Keystone, South Dakota

    Every American President, from Washington to Trump, they're all waxen and eerily lifelike. Nixon greets quarantined Moon Men!

  • Petrified Wood Park

    Petrified Wood Park

    Lemmon, South Dakota

    Forest of frozen fossils -- hundreds of spires, buildings and piles made from petrified wood in the 1930s.

  • Porter Sculpture Park

    Porter Sculpture Park

    Montrose, South Dakota

    Fanciful junk art statues, including a 40-foot-tall horse and 60-foot-tall, 25-ton bull's head.

  • Pioneer Auto Show Museum

    Pioneer Auto Show Museum

    Murdo, South Dakota

    Sprawling vehicle collection includes the last surviving "General Lee" from the Dukes of Hazzard TV series, and a car made of wood.

  • Dinosaur Park

    Dinosaur Park

    Rapid City, South Dakota

    Free park of concrete dinosaurs standing on a hill above Rapid City.

  • Cosmos Mystery Area

    Cosmos Mystery Area

    Rapid City, South Dakota

    Two identical shacks distorted by the forces of gravity and crowd flow.

  • Concrete Outline of USS South Dakota

    Concrete Outline of USS South Dakota

    Sioux Falls, South Dakota

    The most decorated battleship of World War II is an outline on a lawn dotted with salvaged parts.

  • Wall Drug Store

    Wall Drug Store

    Wall, South Dakota

    This mega-tourist trap has been a vacation stop for generations of thirsty travelers -- it's much more than a drug store. Giant sign out front for those who want photo-proof of their visit.

  • Six-Ton Prairie Dog

    Six-Ton Prairie Dog

    Cactus Flat, South Dakota

    Twelve feet of paint-chipped, weather-worn, prairie-dog-resembling cement glory, next to a prairie dog town and the Ranch Store gift shop.

  • Graves of Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane

    Graves of Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane

    Deadwood, South Dakota

    Two of the Wild West's best-known characters are buried next to each other in Deadwood.

  • Broken Boot Gold Mine

    Broken Boot Gold Mine

    Deadwood, South Dakota

    A real Deadwood gold mine, conveniently flat and compact for tourists, and right alongside the main road through town.

  • Days of '76 Museum

    Days of '76 Museum

    Deadwood, South Dakota

    What began as a museum about Deadwood's annual parade and rodeo is now filled with a wide range of Western memorabilia. And parade and rodeo stuff.

  • Devil's Gulch: Jesse James Jumped Here

    Devil's Gulch: Jesse James Jumped Here

    Garretson, South Dakota

    Legendary leap for a legendary law breaker.

  • Hugh Glass Bear Battle Sculpture

    Hugh Glass Bear Battle Sculpture

    Lemmon, South Dakota

    Dramatic scrap iron sculpture by local artist John Lopez of frontiersman Hugh Glass in death battle with a bear. Displayed inside a the Grand River Museum.

  • Disputed Grave of Sitting Bull

    Disputed Grave of Sitting Bull

    Mobridge, South Dakota

    Two towns on either side of the Dakota border claim to have Indian chief's bones. Which to believe? This burial site features a nice monument.

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