Badlands National Park
Quartzite palisades in the east
Chalkstone bluffs in the south
Black Hills in the west
Prairie landscapes in between
The Missouri River down the middle
Laura Ingalls Wilder's childhood hometown of DeSmet
Amber waves of grain
Mystical historic sites like Bear Butte
Old West history at places like Fort Sisseton Historic State Park
More beautiful state parks like Sica Hollow...
...and the incredible Custer State Park
Some of America's best wildlife encounters
The Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup
Sunsets over the state capitol in Pierre
The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally....
...which is as much a week long music festival as it is anything else
Classic roadside attractions
Distinct seasons that sometimes overlap
And of course, Mount Rushmore National Memorial.
Bonus - Just in case you missed it in several of these photos, that big beautiful sky! All photos by Chad Coppess, South Dakota Department of Tourism.