We all know about the Falls on the Big Sioux River. After all, Sioux Falls is named after that very waterfall.
Being a landlocked, largely non-mountainous state, South Dakota doesn't have many other waterfalls. Except out in the west, in the Black Hills.
The striking beauty of the tree-covered Black Hills is enhanced by a collection of beautiful waterfalls.
Here are 5 South Dakota Waterfalls to See, that aren't in Falls Park
Roughlock Falls is a stunning feature of Spearfish Canyon, near Lead, South Dakota. It's an intimate spot to experience the Black Hills.
Bridal Veil Falls - Spearfish Canyon:
Another waterfall to check out in Spearfish Canyon is the 60-foot Bridal Veil Falls. People say it looks like a wedding veil.
Devil's Bathtub - Black Hills:
Devil's Bathtub has the best name of any waterfall anywhere. The waterfall dumps into a little pond that some say looks like a bathtub. Plus its part of an exciting hiking trail.
Cascade Falls - Hot Springs:
The town of Hot Springs, South Dakota, and the surrounding area hold some of the best Black Hill's hidden gems. Cascade Falls are fed by Cascade Spring, the largest spring in the Black Hills.
Hippie Hole Falls - Custer State Park
The runner-up in the 'best names ever' contest has to be Hippy Hole Falls in Custer State Park. It's a special little spot that is perfect for making memories.
Dives Worth a Drive in South Dakota, Iowa and Minnesota
Almost every small South Dakota town has a watering hole. It’s where the locals go to kick back a few brews and engage in conversation.
Some of these establishments are located in buildings almost as old
as the town itself. There might be a fresh coat of paint on the walls or new vinyl on the booth seats, but the ambiance is still reminiscent of a good ol’ dive.
If you think a "dive" is all about the sketchy clientele, the smell of the Devil’s lettuce, and stale Grain Belt
, you’d be wrong. Not every
dive has a bad reputation.
What makes a dive, a dive?
A dive has character. Neon beer signs and local memorabilia adorn the walls.
You might find a pool table, dart board, and a few video lottery machines.
The bartender knows the regulars by name and they know what you drink.
Some dives don't even serve food except for bags of chips and pickled eggs that sit in a jar of brine on the bar.
Dives aren't fancy. You might see 70's-style wood panels on the walls and wobbly tables leveled with a folded napkin.
Finally, the bathrooms. The bathrooms in dives are in a class by themselves and could be a whole topic on its own.
There are several small-town dives in our area with friendly faces, cheap booze with a burn, and even really good food! We use the term "dive" in the most affectionate way.
Here are some of the best and why you should go there.