There is a lot to see and do in South Dakota. Unfortunately the entire state is fairly sparse when it comes to hostels. The only hostels you will find at the time of writing is in the town of Lead, near the Black Hills National Forest. This is a stunning area to visit and get some hiking in while you are here. The Black Hills National Forest is home to two of the major touristic drawcards for the state of South Dakota. The first is the world famous Mount Rushmore with the faces of the four presidents carved into the rock face. It is an impressive monument and really worth the visit. Most people know about Mount Rushmore, however, few seem to know about Crazy Horse, which is the natives tribute to their leader. When completed, this will be the largest statue in the world, again carved out of the cliff face using strategically placed dynamite, however the natives refuse to accept government funding for it so the statue is still a work in progress and they make the money to continue working on it through donations from the visitors. You should be able to travel to each of these places fairly easily from Lead with a car. Getting around without a car in this area will be a challenge though and you will have to ask at your hostel if you don't have one.
Other day trips to amazing parks that you can are the famous Badlands National Park which is a beautiful place to explore and watch a sunset and the Custer State Park, also a great visit and is full of wild buffalo.
While driving through South Dakota towards the east along the main highways, you will see a million and one signs to visit a place called Wall Drug. This place has become an institution. It started out being a family pharmacy that was struggling and decided to advertise free ice water to travellers by placing signs along the highway to draw them into their business. The business is now huge and houses not just a pharmacy, but a restaurant, a whole stack of gifts and souvenirs. You can even get your own Wall Drug sticker.
Also if you are looking for something a little different and kooky, swing into Mitchell and visit the Corn Palace. They have pretty much decorated the entire outside of the building with different coloured corn. They use the buildings for different community events but you can go in and see the exhibition on corn inside and pick up a few 'corny' gifts. There are no hostels near Mitchell so you will need to organize other transport or you will have to move on to another state to find a hostel.
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Lead is a small, historic town surrounded by the Black Hills National Forest of South Dakota. This city was founded due to the discovery of gold, and you can still see some of the historic mines today. The hostels in Lead are an excellent representation of the coziness and personality of this community.
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