South Dakota is one destination every traveler should make it to in his or her lifetime. From the distinct social split on either side of the Missouri River to the history of inhabitants spanning back thousands of years, the state is a culturally diverse one. Add in the historical gold rush and Mount Rushmore, and you won't consider this a "flyover state" after your visit.
When packing for your flight to South Dakota, you'll want to toss in a heavy jacket if you're going during the winter. While this season is chilly, it's also beautifully blanketed in snow and when you'll find cheap flights to South Dakota. Fortunately, the Black Hills Stock Show and Rodeo in January and December's 1880 Train Holiday Express ensure you still have enjoyable activities when it's cold. If you come into the Sioux Falls airport, you're less than three miles from the city center hotels.
The busiest times for tourism in South Dakota are between May and September, and if you enjoy motorcycles, you have to check out the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in August. If you'd rather avoid a town packed with roaring motorcycles, though, August still offers the Yankton Riverboat Days & Summer Arts Festival.
While summer flights to South Dakota are more expensive than in winter months, you should still check out Wild Bill Days in June to celebrate Wild Bill Hickok. The event is in Deadwood, among the Black Hills National Forest, but you can easily get there from Rapid City. An added bonus of doing this? Four of the 15 best restaurants in South Dakota are located here.
Always keep in mind that attractions like Mount Rushmore and Custer State Park are open whenever you visit. Whether you're looking at hotels in Sioux Falls, SD or Aberdeen, make your reservations on Travelocity. Using the Travelocity app, you'll receive exclusive deals on South Dakota hotels and flights.