As one might guess, South Dakota isn't the most precipitation-heavy state in the country, nor is it close. In winter, it's second only to its upstairs neighbor, North Dakota. In summer, it's just outside the top ten, even though its warmest months - May through August - see almost as much as the other 8 months combined. However, when it does get rain, there aren't many places to hide but indoors, as South Dakota also ranks in the last 5 states in terms of tree cover, leading many staring out their windows longly when it finally comes down. But it doesn't have to be that way. There are plenty of opportunities to not only enjoy the rain, but take advantage of it, so you're never left with less in the Mount Rushmore State.
South Dakota might not be the rainiest state in the country or even close, but that doesn't mean residents and visitors can't take in some classic views and attractions when it starts coming down. If nothing else, we hope we've at least helped you realized that the rain shouldn't be a deterrent and given you some insight on how to find some clever ways to get around those now not-so-pesky rainy days.