Special churches, temples and monasteries
Cathedral of Saint Joseph in Sioux Falls
The Cathedral of Saint Joseph in the city of Sioux Falls
was built from 1915 to 1919 in the style of the
Neo-Renaissance. The Cathedral of Saint Joseph was built
of limestone and therefore shines in bright white even
today in sunny weather. But the interior of the
cathedral also leaves nothing to be desired and knows
how to come up with all kinds of splendor.
||521 North Duluth Avenue
Sioux Falls, South Dakota 57104
The Stavkirke Chapel in the west of Rapid City, built in
1969, is a faithful replica of a Norwegian stave church.
The Borgund Stavkirke of Laerdal served as a model. In
addition to its actual purpose as a church, the
Stavkirke Chapel can also be viewed as a place of
relaxation and rest, and the surrounding landscape is
ideal for hiking.
||3788 Chapel Lane
Rapid City, South Dakota 57702
Chapel Emmanuel Railroad Car in Madison
The Chapel Emmanuel Railroad Car in the city of Madison
is a train compartment that is used as a church. There
are a total of 13 of these "Zugkirchen" in the USA. The
Chapel Emmanuel Railroad Car was in operation from 1983
to 1938. Today the Chapel Emmanuel Railroad Car belongs
to the Prairie Village Museum.
Methodist Episcopal Church in Pierre
The Methodist Episcopal Church in the city of Pierre was
built in 1910 in the neo-Gothic style. In its history,
the church was much more than just a church. In past
times, it also served as the first library in the city
of Pierre and as a gymnasium.
Festivals and events
Sturgis Motorcycle Rally
The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is an annual motorcycle
rally in the city of Sturgis in August. The Sturgis
Motorcycle Rally is one of the largest motorcycle events
in the world. The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally took place
for the first time in 1938, but under the name Black
Hills Classic. Today the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally
attracts over 750,000 visitors annually.
LifeLight Music Festival
The LifeLight Music Festival is an annual Christian
music festival held on the weekend before Labor Day
(first Monday in September). The location of the music
festival is Worthing south of Sioux Falls. The first
LifeLight Music Festival took place in 1998 and had
around 2,000 visitors. No comparison to today's times
when the festival has over 320,000 visitors. The
festival is free, however, represents an enormous
economic gain for Sioux Falls.
The Taste Festival is an annual culinary festival in the
city of Freeman. As the name of the festival suggests,
the festival, which has been taking place since 1959,
goes back to the large number of German immigrants in
South Dakota. In addition to a wide range of different
dishes, musical entertainment and other offers ensure
fun for the over 5,000 visitors every year.
Sioux Empire Fair
The Sioux Empire Fair is an annual fair held at the end
of summer in the city of Sioux Falls. With over 250,000
visitors, it is the largest folk festival in South
Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues Festival
The Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues Festival has been an
annual music festival in the city of Sioux Falls since
1988. Despite its name, the festival offers a platform
not only for jazz and blues, but also for artists from
other music genres. On two stages, the artists offer the
more than 100,000 visitors an insight into their art and
the best thing: the festival is free.
Zoos and parks
Falls Park in Sioux Falls
Falls Park is where the Big Sioux River forms waterfalls
and which gave the city its name. The Falls Park is a
popular destination for locals and tourists. Here you
will find different viewpoints and recently even a
five-story observation tower to be able to admire the
Sioux Falls from almost all perspectives. On average,
about 28,000 liters fall over 30 meters every second.
But in addition to the actual waterfalls, there are also
some historical buildings of the city of Sioux Falls and
some interesting statues in the very beautiful park.
Furthermore, a free laser and light show takes place
every evening, depending on the weather.
Bramble Park Zoo in Watertown
The Bramble Park Zoo in the city of Watertown in the
east of the state was opened in 1912 and covers
approximately 61,000 mē. The Bramble Park Zoo is home to
around 500 animals from 130 species and is visited by
around 50,000 guests annually. Highlights of the zoo
include jaguars, white Bengal tigers, kangaroos and
||800 10th Street Northwest
Watertown, South Dakota 57201
Great Plains Zoo in Sioux Falls
The Great Plains Zoo in the city of Sioux Falls is a zoo
opened in 1963 with a total area of approximately
180,000 mē. Around 850 animals from over 150 species
live in the zoo. The most impressive animals include
Siberian tigers, snow leopards, Pallas cats, zebras,
giraffes, ostriches and rhinos. The zoo ticket also
gives you free entry to the Delbridge Museum of Natural
||805 South Kiwanis Avenue
Sioux Falls, South Dakota 57104
Reptile Gardens The Rapid City Reptile Gardens
are a zoo specializing in the exhibition of reptiles.
The Reptile Gardens were founded in 1937. At that time,
however, it was nothing more than a small collection of
snakes. Then as now, however, prejudices and myths are
to be dispelled and education carried out when dealing
with these animals. In addition to snakes, the Reptile
Gardens also show alligators, Komodo dragons and many
Badlands National Park
The Badlands National Park is located in the
southwest of South Dakota and covers an area of
approximately 1000 kmē. The name of the park, Badland,
is explained by the nature of the region. The landscape
is quite barren and rather dry and has no agricultural
value. The landscape can still be described as a plateau
with angular mountains, deep gorges and furrowed slopes.
However, grass prairie also belongs to the national
park. Furthermore, the park is covered with many fossil
finds. The scenic beauty is probably known to most,
because the film "Who dances with the wolf" was largely
shot in 1990 in the national park and the surrounding
area. There are also some animal species in the national
Wind Cave National Park
Wind Cave National Park was founded in 1907, making
it the seventh national park in the United States. The
national park, which is located in western Dakota near
the city of Hot Springs, covers an area of 137 kmē. In
the Wind Cave National Park is the cave called Wind
Cave, which gave the park its name, which is one of the
longest caves in the world. A total of 202 km of trails
in the cave have been explored and mapped so far. The
name of the cave comes from the fact that with different
air pressures between the cave and the outside world
there is a suction or pressure effect and thus wind is
formed. The Wind Cave thus functions relatively as a
means of weather forecast. But not only the sheer size
of the cave, but also its beauty impress the visitor.
There are calcium formations here, which spread out on
the walls in the form of honeycombs. But not only the
cave knows how to impress, because above the cave there
is one of the last remaining prairies in which bison,
wapiti deer, pronghorn antelope and prairie dogs live.
So you can hike above ground on several hiking trails or
take part in one of the 5 cave tours, which can take up
to 4 hours. In the park there is a campsite with up to
75 places. So you can hike above ground on several
hiking trails or take part in one of the 5 cave tours,
which can take up to 4 hours. In the park there is a
campsite with up to 75 places. So you can hike above
ground on several hiking trails or take part in one of
the 5 cave tours, which can take up to 4 hours. In the
park there is a campsite with up to 75 places.
Other natural beauties
Bear Butte State Park
Bear Butte State Park in the west of South Dakota near
the city of Sturgis is a state park that has existed
since 1961 and is a very large hardening rock (rock that
is particularly resistant to weathering and erosion and
so over time the surrounding area) Landscape dominates),
home to the Bear Butte, which the Native Americans
living here consider sacred.
From the names that the different peoples gave this
mountain, its current name is derived.
The mountain dominates the surrounding prairie and the
park is ideal for hiking. The hike in particular
(approx. 90 min) rewards the hiker with special views
from the summit. Around the Bear Butte lives a small
herd of bison, which makes the prairie harmony perfect.
There is a campsite in the park and there are offers for
fishing, riding and much more.