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  • 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.

  • Cowboy Rides a Giant Walleye

    Cowboy Rides a Giant Walleye

    Mobridge, South Dakota

    Sculpture made of farm machinery junk depicts a life-size cowboy riding a bucking giant Walleye fish, like some novelty postcard.

  • Statue of the Superfast Cyclist

    Statue of the Superfast Cyclist

    Sturgis, South Dakota

    "Smokin' Joe" Petrali on an experimental Harley-Davidson "Streamliner." Depicts him breaking the motorcycle land speed record in 1937.

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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

    Features a 60-foot-tall, 25-ton sculpture of a bull's head -- and its creator may be lurking inside.

  • Pioneer Auto Show

    Pioneer Auto Show

    Murdo, South Dakota

    Sprawling vehicle collection includes an Elvis motorcycle, "General Lee" from the Dukes of Hazzard, 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 Founding Fathers Exhibit

    America's Founding Fathers Exhibit

    Rapid City, South Dakota

    Famous Declaration of Independence painting rendered as 47 3D sculptures. After learning all 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 since 1876.

  • Devil's Gulch: Jesse James Jumped Here

    Devil's Gulch: Jesse James Jumped Here

    Garretson, South Dakota

    Legendary leap for a legendary law breaker.

  • Badlands Petrified Gardens

    Badlands Petrified Gardens

    Kadoka, South Dakota

    The timeless romance of piles of petrified wood, with an assist from screaming billboards, lures travelers off I-90 to this attraction.

  • National Presidential Wax Museum

    National Presidential Wax Museum

    Keystone, South Dakota

    Every American President, displayed in one museum. From Washington to Obama, they're all waxen here.

  • Hugh Glass Bear Battle and Dinosaur Cowboy

    Hugh Glass Bear Battle and Dinosaur Cowboy

    Lemmon, South Dakota

    Dramatic scrap iron sculptures by local artist John Lopez of a cowboy riding a dinosaur and frontiersman Hugh Glass fighting a bear.

  • 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. Undergoing reconstruction: travelers in Summer 2015 be forewarned.

  • Muffler Man With Beer Mug

    Muffler Man With Beer Mug

    Vale, South Dakota

    With a deep tan and crazy eyes, this fiberglass titan hoists a mug of suds and a fat cigar outside a biker bar and campground.

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