South Dakota

South Dakota, USA
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by Martin Kraft
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Climate & Best time to visit South Dakota

Climate in South Dakota:

Number of rainy days:

J Jan
F Feb
M Mar
A Apr
M May
J Jun
J Jul
A Aug
S Sep
O Oct
N Nov
D Dec
7
7
8
10
12
12
9
9
8
8
6
7

Best time to visit South Dakota:

Summer (June to August):

  • Summer is a popular time to visit South Dakota. The weather is warm and sunny, with daytime temperatures often in the 70s and 80s Fahrenheit (21-30°C). This is the best time for exploring the state's national parks, including Mount Rushmore, Badlands National Park, and Wind Cave National Park. You can also enjoy outdoor activities like hiking, camping, and wildlife viewing. Summer is also ideal for attending local festivals and events.

Fall (September to November):

  • Fall is a favorite time for many visitors to South Dakota. The weather remains pleasant, with daytime temperatures ranging from the 60s to 70s Fahrenheit (15-26°C). The fall foliage in the Black Hills and the Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway turns into vibrant shades of red, orange, and yellow, making it ideal for scenic drives, hiking, and photography. Fall is also great for visiting historic sites and participating in Native American cultural events.

Winter (December to February):

  • Winter in South Dakota can be cold, with daytime temperatures often in the 20s and 30s Fahrenheit (-6 to 4°C). This season is quieter for tourism but offers opportunities for winter sports such as skiing and snowmobiling in places like the Black Hills. The holiday season brings festive events and decorations, especially in towns like Deadwood.

Spring (March to May):

  • Spring is a delightful time to visit South Dakota. The weather gradually warms up, with daytime temperatures ranging from the 50s to 60s Fahrenheit (10-21°C). This is an ideal season for outdoor activities such as hiking in state parks, exploring botanical gardens, and visiting the Crazy Horse Memorial. Spring also brings blooming wildflowers and the opportunity to enjoy the state's natural beauty.

Note on Mount Rushmore:

  • Mount Rushmore is a major attraction in South Dakota. The best time to visit is in the summer when all facilities are open and you can witness the evening lighting ceremony. However, it can get crowded during this time.

Note on Badlands National Park:

  • Badlands National Park is another highlight. Summer is a popular time to visit, but the striking landscapes are also enjoyable in the cooler months of spring and fall.

Money & Prices

Currency in United States of America:

U.S. dollar (USD)

How expensive is a trip to South Dakota?

Eating out:
Simple meal:
14.42 USD
Fast food meal:
9.30 USD
Mid-range meal:
31.62 USD
Bottle of water:
1.62 USD
Soft drink:
3.07 USD
Cappuccino:
5.03 USD
Local Beer:
4.99 USD
Transportation:
Public transport - one way ticket:
1.59 USD
Taxi - 1km:
1.64 USD
Accommodation:
Refer to the Hotels section for the most up-to-date accommodation prices.
* Prices are approximate. Make sure to check the latest exchange rates when planning your trip.

General information

United States of America general information:

Electricity:
Voltage: 120 V, Frequency: 60 Hz
Sockets:
  • Type A (North American/Japanese 2-pin)
  • Type B (American 3-pin)

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