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South Dakota Travel Guide

South Dakota — Visas and Vaccinations

Every traveler to America needs to make visa arrangements before arriving in the country. To see what is required for your nationality, you can contact your local American embassy or visit the US government’s visa website for accurate and up-to-date visa information.

Health and Safety

South Dakota is one of the safest travel destinations in America. Even in its largest cities like Sioux Falls, Rapid City, and Pierre, there is little chance of becoming a victim of crime. Virtually no violent crime exists in the state, and even theft is uncommon. But visitors should still keep an eye on their cash and valuables, especially in rental cars.

Most of the safety hazards in South Dakota come from nature. Winters here are extremely harsh and when a blizzard rolls through the state, you don’t want to be caught out on the roads. Spring and summer can also be dangerous as this is when tornadoes and violent thunderstorms can occur. Though tornadoes are rare here, part of the state lies in America’s Tornado Alley. Always keep up to date on the weather conditions when you plan to drive around South Dakota no matter what time of year.

Wildlife can also present trouble if you aren’t careful. Buffalo are wild animals and should not be approached. Even little prairie dogs are known to bite folks who try to pick them up. In summer, be prepared to battle mosquitoes, which are notoriously vicious in South Dakota. Plan on wearing insect repellent or covering up whenever walking in parks or natural areas.

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