South Dakota Vacation Guide 2012 - (Page 6)

STaTe FacTS Capital: Nickname: Bird: Dessert: Flower: Animal: Fish: Insect: Tree: Song: Sport: Motto: Pierre (pronounced “peer”) The Mount Rushmore State Chinese Ring-necked Pheasant Kuchen Pasque Coyote Walleye Honey Bee Black Hills Spruce Hail, South Dakota Rodeo Under God, the People Rule climate South Dakota’s Four Seasons Winter (December – early March) While temperatures may be wintry, dipping below zero degrees Fahrenheit at times, cold spells usually alternate with milder weather. Snowfall is prevalent, providing excellent conditions for winter sports. Spring (late March – mid-June) Mostly sunny days characterize spring in South Dakota, but this can be the rainy season. Spring snow showers are a possibility through early May. Temperatures can range from the 40s to the 80s. When the sun is shining, the early spring flowers are out in full force. Summer (mid-June – mid-September) Warm (sometimes hot) sunny days and mild nights are the norm for a South Dakota summer. This time of year is perfect for water recreation and camping. Fall (mid-September – November) Beautiful days with comfortable warm weather through September and crisp cool nights into November make fall an excellent time to explore South Dakota. Population State: 814,180 Time Zones South Dakota observes both Central and Mountain times. The dividing line runs north-south roughly down the center of the state. Geography The state encompasses 77,123 square miles, measuring 380 miles from east to west, and 245 miles from north to south. South Dakota ranks 16th in size among the 50 states. Prominent Features Black Hills, Badlands, Missouri River reservoirs, glacial lakes Highest point: Lowest point: Major rivers: Harney Peak, 7,242 feet Big Stone Lake, 962 feet Missouri River, James River, Cheyenne River, Big Sioux River The Missouri River divides the state approximately in half, running north to south. South Dakota is bordered on the north by North Dakota, on the east by Iowa and Minnesota, on the south by Nebraska, and on the west by Montana and Wyoming. 6 | 1-800-S-DakoTa

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of South Dakota Vacation Guide 2012

South Dakota Vacation Guide 2012
Getting Here, Getting Around
Interstate Information Centers
State Facts
Native American Information
Places of Interest
Calendar of Events
Public Campgrounds and Recreation Areas
Southeast Region: A slice of South Dakota charm
Glacial Lakes & Prairies Region: Stories from the frontier
Great Lakes Region: Land of the mighty Missouri
Black Hills, Badlands & Lakes Region: Enchanting mountain getaway
Black Hills map

South Dakota Vacation Guide 2012