We’re proud to announce the latest addition to the Heartland Trails community today… South Dakota! Also known as the Mount Rushmore State, South Dakota launches on Heartland Trails with a staggering 1,105 Historic Sites in the state. Additionally, 114 Antique Shops, 36 Bed & Breakfasts, 8 Inns, 84 Museums, 13 Farms, 2 Orchards, 16 Wineries, and 4 Breweries are included in the launch. Our events calendar now features 15 seasonal Farmer’s Markets and 4 Flea Markets in South Dakota as well. We’ll also be featuring our hand-picked Top-10 Lists for South Dakota, as well as featured Scenic Drives in the state…but enough about us, let’s get to know South Dakota a little better!
South Dakota is the 46th most populous state in the United States, with around 755,000 residents. However, South Dakota is the 17th largest state by land area with over 77,000 square miles to call its own. South Dakota– as well as North Dakota– gained their names from the resident Sioux Indians, who referred to themselves as the ‘Dakota’. South Dakota is home to one of the most famous monuments in the United States: Mount Rushmore, from which it has gained its nickname. The Mount Rushmore Monument was started in 1927 and took 14 years to build, costing only $1 million for the whole project. Some state symbols include the State Mammal, the Coyote, the State Insect, the honey bee, and the State Tree, the Black Hills Spruce. In South Dakota, Jewel Cave is the third longest cave in the world, with more than 120 miles of passages, however Wind Cave boasts the largest display of rare formations in the world, known as boxwork. Finally, Custer State Park is famed for its herd of 1,500 free-roaming, wild bison, among the largest remaining herds of bison in existence in the world. Please join us in welcoming South Dakota to the Heartland Trails community! You can now find all of the businesses and events you love in the Mount Rushmore State with an easy search at Heartland Trails.