Those of us who already live in South Dakota are very familiar will the many reasons that make living in the Rushmore State great. Let's be honest, the quality of life here in South Dakota is tough to beat.

But what about the person who doesn't know the first thing about South Dakota. Why would someone thinking of relocating to a new state ultimately pick South Dakota as their new home?

Enter Seth Varner. Now through the end of July, Varner, a college student from Nebraska intends to become the ultimate spokesperson for the 40th state in the nation.

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Varner told Dakota News Now, he got this crazy idea shortly after the pandemic began in March of 2020. He was tired of being stuck at home, bored out of his mind, after being sent home from college. So he called up a buddy and said, "Hey you want to visit all 531 towns in Nebraska with me?" His buddy said sure, so they started a Facebook page, and according to Varner, it blew up. Once they had finished their journeys, they documented all their experiences in a book that Varner wrote.

Then Varner turned his attention to Iowa. In 2021, he and his buddies visited all 939 incorporated communities in Iowa. Like Nebraska, once they visited every Iowa town, they wrote another ultimate travel guidebook. Now in 2022, they've got the state of South Dakota in their travel crosshairs.

According to Dakota News Now, Varner and two friends have already visited 68 South Dakota towns so far this year with the goal of documenting every town's history and sharing their travel adventures on Facebook.

eth Varner's Ultimate South Dakota Guide
Dakota News Now (with permission)

He's already made stops in cities like Sioux Falls, Harrisburg, Vermillion, Scotland, and Madison. Varner claims to have done some crazy things along the way too. For instance in Madison, a local flight school heard about Varner's travels and reached out to him offering the opportunity to see the city of Madison from the air. Varner and his travel team were able to take aerial photos of the city of Madison.

eth Varner's Ultimate South Dakota Guide
Dakota News Now (with permission)

Another cool South Dakota stop was Varner's visit to the Abby Normal's Museum of the Strange in Harrisburg. There, he and his friends were able to hold a 3-foot alligator, which he claims was pretty wild!

So far along the journey, Varner has also made stops at Falls Park in Sioux Falls, and USD in Vermillion.

eth Varner's Ultimate South Dakota Guide
Dakota News Now (with permission)

When Varner's South Dakota travels conclude later this July, he plans to take a couple of months to write a book about all of the many selling points of the Rushmore State. If everything goes as planned, the book should be available for sale in September. He hopes to be able to get his "Ultimate Guide to South Dakota" book in some actual stores here in the state.

The book will detail all of his many experiences while visiting South Dakota. It will contain tons of pictures from the various cities, along with each city's history. There will also be numerous South Dakota restaurant suggestions. Basically, as Varner puts it, the book will ultimately be a virtual hodgepodge of all things South Dakota.

Dakota News Now is reporting, that people will be able to follow along on Varner's South Dakota journey from now through July by visiting Wandermore's Visit310SouthDakota on Facebook.

Source: Dakota News Now

10 Smallest Towns in South Dakota

South Dakota is loaded with small towns in every corner of the state. But where are the tiniest towns in the Mount Rushmore state?

According to the latest census data, here are the ten smallest towns in all of South Dakota. You won't believe which tiny town lands at number one.

The Ultimate Sioux Falls Visitor's Guide: A to Z

Sioux Falls has lots to explore; fun stuff for the whole family, food of every kind, educational opportunities, and more! If you have out-of-town guests visiting, show them around our city. Eat at places they've never eaten. Take them to places they'd never go. Take some great photos to post on social media (and don't forget the hashtag #HiFromSiouxFalls). We've even listed some cool hotels where they can stay if you don't have the room.

Sioux Falls, South Dakota. We call it the 'Sioux Empire.' It's the biggest city in the state with a population of nearly 200,000. We’re known for our namesake, Falls Park, along the Big Sioux River. Sioux Falls has received numerous accolades for its quality of life. We have been named the number one best place to rent in America. We’ve topped the list of Best States to Find a Job. Sioux Falls is the Best City in America for Young Professionals. 

We've appeared on lists such as Most Charming Small CitiesTop 10 Place to Raise Kids, and even ranked 10th in the 2020 Top 100 Best Places to Live. We have an abundance of achievements and you can see them on the Sioux Falls Development Foundation's website.

It's a pretty awesome city and that's why we think you should come and visit. If you're coming on business or pleasure, we've put together a list of places to go and things to see. We know you want to explore the attractions the city is known for like Falls Park, the Arc of Dreams, and the Sculpture Walk, but there's a lot more to see and do than just the touristy (that's really a word) stuff. The best places to go are where the locals go and we have a not your average, ordinary visitor's guide. 

Here's a list of over 100 things to do and places to go in Sioux Falls.

Click HERE for a list of all the places we mention and links to each one. Print it out or save it to your phone and use it as a reference when you're visiting. See you soon!


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