Now that the prospect of decent weather is once again a reality, it's time to start thinking about where that next big trip is going to take you.

If you're like most South Dakotans, you like to vacation in as simple a way as possible, meaning either easy drives or non-stop flights.

Using the latest Google search data, Family Destinations Guide put together a list of the top five places that travelers from the Mount Rushmore State like to head for some extended time away.

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1. Las Vegas

Sin City isn't just South Dakota top vacation destination, it's also number-one in five other states and is the top spot in the nation overall.

Las Vegas isn't just for gamblers anymore.

There are plenty of top-notch restaurants and entertainment options. And the people-watching is legendary.

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2. Omaha

Just a three-hour drive from Sioux Falls, Nebraska's largest city has one of the top zoos in the world, Henry Doorly Zoo.

Downtown Omaha is a great mixture of history (Old Market) with an emerging food scene.

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3. Minneapolis

So many great reasons to make to four-hour jaunt to Twin Cities.

Shoppers can lose themselves at Mall of America, while sports fans can catch the Vikings, Twins, Wild, and Timberwolves.

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4. Denver

The Mile High City is a short non-stop flight away.

Skiiers use Denver as their gateway to some of the top slopes in America.

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5. Nashville

The home of Country Music has recently emerged as the 'Bachelorette Party Captial of America'.

Honky Tonk bars line both sides of Broadway, which can be just as raucous as the Las Vegas Strip.

Nashville and Las Vegas aren't only on South Dakota's go-to list, they're also on the national favorites list as well.


  1. Las Vegas
  2. New York City
  3. Miami
  4. San Diego
  5. Chicago
  6. Nashville
  7. Orlando
  8. New Orleans
  9. San Francisco
  10. Boston

From Frybread to Pheasants - Here are South Dakota's Official State Things

Every state in our nation has chosen things that represent the state in one way or another to be official state things. Like a flower, or animal. South Dakota is no different.

The Mount Rushmore has a state flower. But did you know we also have a state tree and a state fish? Yes, we even have a state code.

Here is what we have so far in Wyoming. Thanks to the South Dakota Secretary of State's Office for the info:

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