South Dakota for Big Families

Friday Fifty State Focus

South Dakota

Planning a big family trip to South Dakota? The Mount Rushmore state is sure to please your big family. breaks the state into four regions:

The Western Region is home to Mount Rushmore. We visited the Mount Rushmore area last year and thoroughly enjoyed it. There is so much to do in the Rapid City, Mt Rushmore, Black Hills area,  your family could easily stay for a whole week. We visited the Badlands, Bear Country USA, Dinosaur Park, Wall Drug, Crazy Horse Memorial, Custer State Park and Mount Rushmore.

The Central Region is home to South Dakota’s Great Lakes Region. Families who love water sports like fishing, boating, swimming and windsurfing will enjoy South Dakota’s four huge reservoirs.  The Oahe, Sharpe, Francis Case, and Lewis and Clark reservoirs add up to 440 miles of waterway.

The Northeast Region will please fans of Laura Ingalls Wilder. Fans can visit the Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Society in De Smet. Here you can visit three historic structures, her home from “By the Banks of Silver Lake”, the originial First School of De Smet and the last home of Ma and Pa.

The Southeast Region is home to South Dakota’s largest city – Sioux City. Plan a visit to Falls Park, the USS South Dakota Battleship Memorial, the Sertoma Butterfly House or The Great Plains Zoo.

Great cities in South Dakota include Rapid City, Sioux Falls, Wall, Custer, Hill City and Sturgis and Pierre. No matter where you go in South Dakota, we’ve found hotels to accommodate your big family of 5, 6, 7, 8. Need more help planning your trip? Visit Or follow @BlackHills or @travelsd on twitter.

Has your big family been to South Dakota? Tell us about it!

About Theresa Jorgensen

Theresa is the mother of four including twins. She is the owner of SixSuitcaseTravel, a travel site for big families of 5, 6, 7, 8. She enjoys helping other big families build life-long travel memories. Her family's travel bucket list includes DC, Yellowstone, London and anywhere in the Caribbean.