Destination guide

Mount Rushmore and rustic retreats in South Dakota

If you're seeking a rural retreat, then South Dakota, with its vast prairies and small towns, is ideal for a quiet break. Book South Dakota vacation rentals, such as log cabins or ski lodges, and enjoy being away from the modern world, surrounded by untouched forests and mountains. Visit Native American reservations, and learn all about the days of early settlers, with historic homes and impressive monuments across the state. Stop at Mount Rushmore for a photo op, and explore the Black Hills, with some of South Dakota's best-known sights.

Things to do

Visit the Little House on the Prairie in South Dakota

Fans of the Little House on the Prairie books can get a taste of what life was like for settlers at the Ingalls Homestead. The home of Laura Ingalls Wilder and her family in the late 19th century, the homestead has been restored, with plenty to explore, from the Ingalls rustic wooden home, to the old one-room school house. Enjoy a covered carriage ride just like the early settlers, or try some traditional crafts, such as making a corn dolly. With lots of costumed characters to teach you about prairie life, kids will love stepping back in time.


Iconic Mount Rushmore and South Dakota's Black Hills

A trip to South Dakota just isn't complete without visiting Mount Rushmore, part of a small mountain range known as the Black Hills, where you'll find many South Dakota vacation rentals. Park close by and wander down the avenue of flags, with the iconic limestone carving in the distance. There's a large viewing area where you can get the best view of the carvings, and take lots of family photos. Around 13 miles away, you'll find the Crazy Horse Memorial, a rock carving of the Native American leader that's still in progress, and will eventually be the world's largest sculpture.


Sunny South Dakota summers and snowy winters

South Dakota has 4 distinct seasons. Summer is the most popular time for booking South Dakota vacation rentals, with temperatures reaching up to 90 during the day, and a pleasant dry heat. However, there can sometimes be heatwaves that push the temperature to 100, which brings the occasional thunderstorm. Winter brings blizzards and below freezing temperatures, which is great if you're visiting one of the state's ski areas. The spring months bring flowers to the prairies and warm weather, making it ideal for hiking and enjoying the national parks.

Natural features

Vast prairies and mountain landscapes in South Dakota

Drive through South Dakota and you'll notice that a lot of the state has vast, flat prairies covered in flowers and greenery. Sparsely populated, the state has many Native American reservations, with large areas of unspoiled land and small settlements along the way. The west of the state is rockier, with the Black Hills mountain range rising from the flat plains, featuring a number of walking trails through the dense forest areas. Black Hills has a few lakes, some with beaches, where people bring their boats in summer for fishing and relaxing days on the water.

Can I find a vacation rental around South Dakota?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,288 vacation rentals near South Dakota. From 601 Cabins to 504 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near South Dakota for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in South Dakota?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in South Dakota. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Black Hills: 1,132 vacation rentals
  • Rapid City: 216 vacation rentals
  • Deadwood: 672 vacation rentals
  • Custer: 360 vacation rentals
  • Hill City: 392 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in South Dakota! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in South Dakota?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in South Dakota:

  • Rapid City: 216 rentals
  • Deadwood: 672 rentals
  • Custer: 360 rentals
  • Hill City: 392 rentals
  • Lead: 548 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to South Dakota?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in South Dakota are:

  • Rapid City Regional Airport (RAP): 157 vacation rentals
  • Sioux Falls Airport (FSD): 25 vacation rentals
  • Black Hills Airport-Clyde Ice Field (SPF): 549 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in South Dakota?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in South Dakota. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Mount Rushmore: 517 rentals
  • Custer State Park: 385 rentals
  • Sylvan Lake: 257 rentals
  • Terry Peak Ski Area: 311 rentals
  • Spearfish Canyon North Entrance: 547 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around South Dakota listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.