Rapid City, South Dakota
October 5-7 marks the annual He Sapa Wacipi, also known as the Black Hills Powwow. Thousands of spectators turn out to watch what’s grown into a marquee Native American cultural event, with athletic competitions, singing, dancing, drumming and the He Sapa Win pageant. On October 8, celebrate Native Americans’ Day; South Dakota is the first state to formally institute the holiday in place of Columbus Day. Rapid City itself, a treasure trove of public parks and monuments, is a fantastic base from which to explore the Black Hills, Mount Rushmore, the Crazy Horse Memorial, and the Badlands. Also, peak foliage! Take a drive along the Peter Norbeck National or Wildlife Loop scenic byways.