1. The Badlands: They found water on Mars, guys! But guess what. There’s always been water in the Badlands, and they look like Mars, but with extra prairie dogs and no three-boobed space prostitutes or Arnolds. It’s one of the most jarring landscapes in the country, and one of the reasons SoDak is the most underrated state in the Union.
2. The Black Hills: The black mining hills of South Dakota may most famously be home to Rocky Raccoon, but they’re also where you’ll find sparse canyons, huge lakes, the Needles Highway, the real Deadwood, the Sturgis Rally, and more fool’s gold than the whole of Matthew McConaughey’s filmography.
3. Roadside attractions: South Dakota has some of the greatest roads in the country. And on the side of those roads? How about a Corn Palace? Maybe a huge cave underneath the surface of the Earth? Or a dinosaur museum, with a ghost town down the street? Wall Drug?! Oh, and there’s some thing about a bunch of presidents blown into the side of a mountain with dynamite. Your move, everywhere else.