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  • 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.

  • 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. Bill didn't arrive until three years after he was dead.

  • 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.

  • World's 3rd Largest Bronze Sculpture

    World's 3rd Largest Bronze Sculpture

    Deadwood, South Dakota

    Three outdoor larger-than-life bronze Indians, horses -- and 14 buffalo are about to be stampeded off a cliff. Part of an attraction about Lakota culture, bankrolled by movie star Kevin Costner.

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  • 1880 Cowboy Town

    1880 Cowboy Town

    Buffalo Ridge, South Dakota

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

  • Chief Crazy Horse Memorial

    Chief Crazy Horse Memorial

    Crazy Horse, South Dakota

    Bigger than Mount Rushmore. And more than a head.

  • 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.

  • Reptile Gardens

    Reptile Gardens

    Rapid City, South Dakota

    A popular Black Hills reptile ranch and classic tourist attraction, with performing chickens in boxes and the largest collection of reptiles on Earth, including a giant crocodile named Maniac.

  • 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.

  • America's Street Corner Presidents

    America's Street Corner Presidents

    Rapid City, South Dakota

    Statues of every American President stand on the street corners of downtown Rapid City.

  • America's Founding Fathers Exhibit

    America's Founding Fathers Exhibit

    Rapid City, South Dakota

    Declaration of Independence painting rendered as 47 3D sculptures. After learning about the Founding Fathers, head to the musket range to shoot at Redcoat targets.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Devil's Gulch: Jesse James Jumped Here

    Devil's Gulch: Jesse James Jumped Here

    Garretson, South Dakota

    Legendary leap for a legendary law breaker.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • Corn Palace

    Corn Palace

    Mitchell, South Dakota

    With its mad mix of onion domes and minarets, this corn-plastered edifice looks like it was drop-kicked out of czarist Russia.

  • 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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