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Best known for its famous rock sculpture, Mount Rushmore, South Dakota is full of revelations, big and small. The natural landscape offers vast stretches of prairie and grazing mountain goats and buffalo while the people provide quirky customs, such as Czech Days, the decoration of the Corn Palace and reenactments of the Wild West. Whether you visit this state as a stop on your cross-country travels or intend it as a final destination, South Dakota's wide-open spaces and people will leave an impression.

Mount Rushmore

For those who appreciate both nature and American history, it doesn’t get much better than here, featuring those favorite presidents: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. Their faces are 60 chiseled feet in length and loom 500 feet above the ground.

Mitchell’s Corn Palace
If you’re traveling through the plains and looking for the perfect small-town-America pit stop, Mitchell’s Corn Palace is just the ticket. A tradition since 1892, the town celebrates the harvest by decorating the Corn Palace in 3,000 bushels of corn and 40 tons of other grains. Different local artists are selected each year to design the themed murals of corn appearing on the building, which remain from Memorial Day-Labor Day.

Microtel Inn & Suites Rapid City

Hotels in South Dakota

Next time you are vacationing in the Mount Rushmore State, be sure to find the best accommodations. Peruse these hotel reviews, ratings and photos before reserving a room.

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