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The I-Casa Geo-Glamping Experience
Dome house · 3 guests · 1 bed · 1 bath
The I-Casa Geo-Glamping ExperienceThe I-Casa is located smack dab in the middle of the Beautiful Northern Black Hills of South Dakota. Enjoy the peace and quiet of nature in our truly unique geodesic glamping get away. We provide all the essentials for a top-of-the-line Glamping experience. In our attempt to make a more sustainable and eco-friendly living environment. Our bathroom has totally self-contained odorless Natures Head to compost toilet.
★Pet Friendly★Large Fenced Backyard★Covered Patio
Entire residential home · 6 guests · 3 beds · 1 bath
★Pet Friendly★Large Fenced Backyard★Covered PatioWe offer a cozy, modern, clean, pet friendly home in the heart of Rapid City that's just minutes from downtown, 30 minutes from Sturgis, and 45 minutes to Mount Rushmore! It features 3 bedrooms, an open concept kitchen and living room, a large fenced-in backyard, a fire pit, and a propane grill under a covered patio. We've gone to great lengths to make sure that everything you'll need for your stay is provided: including dishes, pans, coffee, games, and plenty of room! Take a look and book now!
Hideaway on Bridge Lane
Entire cabin · 6 guests · 2 beds · 1 bath
Hideaway on Bridge Lane2 bedroom 1 bath home with mountain lodge decor. Home overlooks picturesque creek that allows for wading and trout fishing.

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  • Kitchen
  • Wifi
  • Pool
  • Free parking on premises
  • Air conditioning

Other great vacation rentals in South Dakota

  1. Entire rental unit
  2. Lead
Brand New Studio 5 Minutes from Deadwood
G$17,784 per night
  1. Entire cabin
  2. Lake Norden
Cheerful & cozy 2-bedroom Lake Poinsett cabin
G$29,292 per night
  1. Entire cabin
  2. Keystone
Brand NEW! The Soder Cabin at Svenmar Meadow
G$18,621 per night
  1. Entire guest suite
  2. Rapid City
Priceless Black Hills View!
G$16,682 per night
  1. Entire cabin
  2. Rapid City
Peaceful 5 Bdrm Nestled in the Black Hills
G$63,103 per night
  1. Private room
  2. Rapid City
Cozy Guest Room with Luxury Jacuzzi Hot Tub
G$14,347 per night
  1. Entire residential home
  2. Sioux Falls
*Blue Haven* Cheerful 3 Bedroom - close to it all!
G$18,830 per night
  1. Entire cottage
  2. Redfield
Cottage on the Lake
G$15,692 per night
  1. Barn
  2. Rapid City
★Unique Barn Stay Close to The Hill's ★
G$13,301 per night
  1. Entire residential home
  2. Lead
Cozy home with a view
G$27,200 per night
  1. Entire guest suite
  2. Rapid City
Modern Luxury In The Woods! Minutes from downtown.
G$22,986 per night
  1. Entire bungalow
  2. Rapid City
NEW!! Blue Door Bungalow on the Blvd - Downtown
G$13,286 per night

Your guide to South Dakota

Welcome to South Dakota

The landscape shocks and awes in Mount Rushmore State, nicknamed for one of the country’s most iconic monuments. Bighorn sheep inch among brightly banded rock pinnacles in Badlands National Park. Some 70 miles west sprawls Custer State Park, offering twisty drives, cool mountain lakes, and some of the best wildlife viewing on the continent. Long to experience the prairie? Turn to Wind Cave National Park, one of America’s oldest preserves. Bison and elk roam the ancient grasslands blanketing one of the most complex cavern systems in the world.

How do I get around South Dakota?

Most visitors fly into South Dakota’s two major hubs: Rapid City Regional Airport (RAP), near the Black Hills, and Sioux Falls Regional Airport (FSD), close to Iowa and Minnesota. Road-trippers tend to motor in via Interstate 90 (east-west) or Interstate 29 (north-south). It helps to have wheels in the 16th-largest state, which sprawls over 70,000 square miles and includes five scenic byways. But rideshares do operate across South Dakota.

Prefer to downshift? The state is laced with bike trails in nature and cycle paths in urban areas. The most famous remains the gentle George S. Mickelson Trail, which runs 109 miles between Edgemont and historic Deadwood.

When is the best time to stay in a vacation rental in South Dakota?

Heat-seekers should aim for a summer visit, when daytime highs reach 80 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit, with night temperatures dropping abruptly to the 50s and 60s. Fall gets chillier before the severely cold winter conditions set in. Think substantial snow and average lows of 10 degrees Fahrenheit. Brrr! For shoulder-season deals and sparser crowds, opt for fall over spring, which serves up more thunderstorms. However, February does bring the quirky Nemo 500 Outhouse Race, where fundraising contestants rally in human-powered shacks with at least one seat hole.

Late June kicks off with the FinnFest in Frederick, celebrating Nordic traditions including a wife-carrying championship in which the prize is the rider’s weight in beer! Also notable: the Fourth of July celebrations at patriotic Mount Rushmore, the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in August, and September’s Buffalo Roundup (part of the state park’s herd management). For Indigenous history and culture, there’s October’s three-day He Sapa Wacipi Na Oskate (Black Hills Pow Wow), which includes grass dancing.

What are the top things to do in South Dakota?

Badlands National Park

Around 75 million years ago, a shallow inland sea covered what is now Badlands National Park. After this salty basin drained into the Arctic Ocean, erosion helped sculpt the terrain into an otherworldly riot of pinnacles, buttes, and gorges. One of the world’s richest fossil beds remains, capturing traces of the ancient horses, rhinos, and catlike animals with saber teeth who once roamed the grasslands. Today visitors are more likely to spot bison, bighorn sheep, and black-footed ferrets. If you need a little extra animal excitement, stop just outside the park. A 12-foot-tall concrete prairie dog looms there, near an enclosure with a colony of its live cousins.

Skeleton Man Walking Skeleton Dinosaur

The family behind 1880 Town inexplicably built this landmark nearby. A human figure leads his bony T-Rex buddy on a leash: a sight best viewed (carefully) from the roadside. Stretch your legs in earnest 16 miles east at Okaton, a prairie ghost town originally settled by railroad workers. Today you’ll see ramshackle houses, rickety fences, and rusting farm equipment, alongside traces of a failed attempt to monetize the haunting, picturesque spot.

Wall Drug

Eight miles north of Badlands National Park stands a humble 1931 pharmacy that transformed modern tourism. The Hustead family erected signs offering free ice water to drivers on Route 16. Soon their kitschy hand-painted billboards marched across the prairie and even further afield, cropping up in London, Morocco, and even Easter Island. Stop in to see the jackalopes and giant dinosaurs.