15 Best Small Towns to Visit in South Dakota

It’s not a big challenge to find small towns in South Dakota.  It’s one of the least populated states in the US.  In fact, Hillview and White Rock each have only three inhabitants.  The flip side to low populations means that South Dakota is a fantastic place to visit!

Sage coloured prairie land as far as the eye can see and big blue sky in all directions. If you enjoy rural life, you’ll enjoy a tour through these small towns. This is Lakota country, land of Mount Rushmore, and the Missouri River leaves a distinctive mark through the middle of the state.

Take a look at these 15 small towns that will make your trip to South Dakota memorable:

1. Deadwood


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Once the best known frontier town in all the Dakota’s, Deadwood is rich in American history.  The entire town is listed on the National Historic Register. Everything you’ll see has been carefully preserved and curated to keep the glory of the old west alive.  There is a great deal of Victorian architecture in Deadwood – which is a little out of place for a late 19th century gold mining town.  But even so, it’s a big part of what makes the town so unique.  You’ll find over 80 gaming halls which have helped to fund the complete restoration of the town.  If you’re lucky, you’ll catch an historical re-enactment.

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