With the unofficial start of summer coming this weekend many vacationers will be traveling for the Memorial Day weekend holiday. Still uncertain where to begin your summer vacation? No need to ponder the thought, come to South Dakota.

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A summer vacation surrounded by the beauty of its 1.2 million acres, the Black Hills National Forest ranks as one of South Dakota's favorite places to visit, camp, hike, and vacation.

Did you also know that the Black Hills is among the Top U.S. Destinations to Avoid Crowds? Hmmm, you can go ahead and scratch your head too. You won't be alone.

Not letting out any secrets here, but there are so many one-day, weekend, and vacation getaway destinations in South Dakota you only need to ask the locals to find out where they are. The great thing about that is, we'll be happy to tell you.

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Many vacationers pick the seasons when places like the Black Hills aren't overrun by the tourist crowd. And yes you can still experience all the beauty from Spearfish to Hot Springs.

There are plenty of other great things to do and see all over this state where, at the right time of year, you won't be cheek-to-elbow with others:

Hiking

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Anywhere in the Black Hills, and Good Earth State Park

Missouri River

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The Missouri River has 2,250 miles of shoreline with the state's best fishing. Endless boating, camping sites, biking trails, and hiking.

Biking

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Sioux Falls Bike Trail, Michelson Trail. From right here in Sioux Falls, to Yankton, and Spearfish Canyon, to the Michelson Trail.

Pierre

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State Capitol in Pierre

Badlands National Park

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Tour the Badlands

Look To The Skies

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South Dakota Air and Space Museum

Art

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SculptureWalk

Nature

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Yes, we have the Falls - Roughlock Falls & Falls Park

Land Of The Dinosaurs

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Dinosaur Museum

LOOK: Things You Saw at Grandma's House

Step into Grandma's house, where cookie tins hold mysteries and even the toilet roll cover has a story to tell.

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LOOK: Most commonly seen birds in South Dakota

Stacker compiled a list of the most common birds seen in South Dakota from Project FeederWatch.

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