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Price and Availability Index in South Dakota
Vacation Rental Price Information in South Dakota
In the above graph, you will find information on average prices of the vacation homes & apartments in South Dakota. The most expensive dates to travel to South Dakota are in August (8/3 - 8/10). The cheapest week to book a vacation rental is in October (10/5 - 10/12).
Rental Availability Information in South Dakota
Find out the percentage of available rentals in South Dakota with the graph above. It is harder to find an accommodation during a week of June (6/29 - 7/6), as 62% of the rentals are booked. The week with the highest percentage of available rentals is in August (8/24 - 8/31).
The Weather in South Dakota
Find the South Dakota climate diagram. In the next 6 months, July will have higher average temperatures. However, temperatures can go lower than 14° in South Dakota in January. The rainiest month is May while the driest month is November.
Wild and rugged views abound with a vacation rental in South Dakota
South Dakota vacation rentals take the form of lakefront cottages, wilderness cabins, city bungalows, and chic apartments.
Sun, snow, and when to go
With four distinct seasons, guests in South Dakota vacation rentals can choose their favorite time of year to visit. Although the weather is typically sunny, breezy, and fair, South Dakota can experience extreme fluctuations. Due to a semi-arid continental climate, summer temperatures can reach over 100°F, while winter temperatures often drop below zero.
Winter places, stone faces, and wide open spaces to explore
Seasons should be taken into account when you visit South Dakota. For vacationers who prefer a white winter, Great Bear Recreation Area near Sioux Falls is perfect for frosty activities. Snow tubing, snowboarding, and skiing are just some of the active pursuits available at Great Bear during the winter. For the remainder of the year, guests can hike, fish, and explore acres of wilderness.
Those visitors who enjoy snowmobiling, ice climbing, and ice fishing should head to the Rapid City, Spearfish, or Sundance areas.
No matter the time of year, the most famous place to visit in South Dakota is the Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Larger than life, the carved faces of four U.S. presidents (Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt) gaze out at you from the rock. Mornings typically bring the best light for optimal views.
Consider basing yourself in Deadwood if you wish to visit the Black Hills. This town offers casinos, live entertainment, and fine dining. You might explore Custer State Park, considered one of the nation’s top ten state parks. Here, you can catch a glimpse of mountain goats, bighorn sheep, and bison. Activities include fly-fishing, hiking, and rock-climbing.
Drive northeast in the state to see prairies and glacial lakes such as Lake Thompson. Enjoy plenty of outdoor adventures here, including camping, fishing, and biking. In the central part of South Dakota, you’ll find the Missouri River region. With more than 3,000 miles of shoreline, it provides excellent fishing, kayaking, sailing, and swimming.
Roundups, ribs, hot-rods, and parades
South Dakota offers visitors an opportunity to connect with the past, and one way to do this is through the annual Buffalo Roundup. Held in September at Custer State Park, wranglers corral more than 1,300 bison.
Four days in August brings car enthusiasts together in Deadwood. Concerts, a classic car competition, and hot-rod races are some of the events. For those visitors wanting to taste a bit of the West, head to Vermillion for Ribs, Rods & Rock n’ Roll. This annual State Barbeque Cook-off draws a crowd for a two-day event in September.
Many towns in South Dakota hold parades for major vacations. However, Sioux Falls has one of the best. The annual Parade of Lights in November features dazzling displays of lights and elaborately decorated floats.
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