South Dakota

11 Best & Most Unique Airbnbs in South Dakota

by Sarah Lamagna
Updated April 08, 2021

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South Dakota is much more than just four presidents’ heads carved into rock — it’s actually an adventurer’s paradise.

The Mount Rushmore State (we know, not exactly creative) is home to several other iconic places, including the Black Hills, Custer State Park, Badlands National Park, the Crazy Horse Memorial, and the famed Wall Drug Store (if you know, you know).

Whether you’re looking for an off-the-grid escape, are more into learning about Deadwood’s nefarious history, or prefer to take advantage of the hundreds of hiking trails in the state, one of these airbnbs in South Dakota will be perfect for your upcoming trip. And the good news is that South Dakota is a relatively affordable place to visit. Though with all there is to do there, that may change before too long — it’s actually a pretty cool state.

Related Read: 8 of the Best Glamping Destinations in South Dakota

1. Sioux Falls Mid-Century Home

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Why you should stay: A solarium and serious mid-century vibes.

  • Location: Sioux Falls
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $119/night

If you’re looking for the perfect balance of modern amenities and mid-century aesthetics, look no further than this renovated, Sioux Falls home. Oozing with personality, this home is chock full of 1950s décor including a record player complete with vintage Bose speakers.

This home is an entertainer’s dream with an open floor plan and large dining table with more room in your very own solarium. Plants abound throughout the house and add nice pops of green to every room.

“It has so much character and the vibe is spot on.”

Alexandra, Chicago,
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2. Deep Snow

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Why you should stay: A place to unwind after a day of shredding pow.

  • Location: Lead
  • Sleeps: 5
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $176/night

Just 700 feet from the Terry Peak Ski Area, the two-bedroom Deep Snow cabin is one of the best airbnbs in South Dakota to basecamp in if you love skiing, snowboarding, or simply hanging out with a hot toddy in the lodge. A quaint cabin with windows galore and nestled in the famed Black Hills, Deep Snow is within walking distance of several cross-country ski and mountain bike trails. And if you find that your legs are sore after one too many runs, feel free to use the private hot tub to ease your sore muscles.

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3. Squirrel Hill Cabin

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Why you should stay: Feel like Wayne Gretzy with your very own air hockey table

  • Location: Blackhawk
  • Sleeps: 10
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $169/night

Skip this place if you’re not into wildlife, as cute critters abound just outside the home (hence the name “Squirrel Hill Cabin.”) But the squirrels haven’t gotten into the rest of the property, so you’ll have it all to yourself inside.

You’ll find ample room for the whole family with four bedrooms, including a separate bunkhouse perfect for older children. You won’t ever need to leave the property with so much to do right in the house: a playground for little tots, board games and books for young kiddos, a games room (complete with foosball and air hockey tables) for the older kiddos, and a hot tub for the adults. Bring your four-legged canine friend too – the XL doggie door will allow them to come and go as they please.

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4. Jägerhaus

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Why you should stay: Ornithologists, unite! Enjoy a secret birdhouse building station (and complimentary bikes and an herb garden.)

  • Location: Spearfish
  • Sleeps: 10
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $180/night

Breathtaking vistas are endless at this mountain estate on more than 200 acres within the Black Hills National Forest. You’ll realize just how small you are in the world when you look up at the crystal-clear night sky from the outdoor hot tub. You’ll feel even smaller in the 3,200-square-foot home, complete with four bedrooms and a two-level deck and patio. You can always explore the property with the bikes provided by the hosts or stay in and make a five-course dinner (an herb garden is just outside) for the whole family.

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5. Sheep Hill Chalet

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Why you should stay: Western-hunting-cabin-meets-NYC-loft.

  • Location: Lead
  • Sleeps: 8
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $257/night

This newly-built, modern cabin sits in the pine trees iconic to the Black Hills of South Dakota. With a bear hide hanging on one wall, deer and buffalo heads on another, and faux-fur chairs in the living room, you’ll feel like you’ve just come back from a hunting excursion without the early wake-up alarm. Even if you had a long day of hunting, feel free to rest those weary eyes while lounging in the outdoor hot tub while cooking up your latest catch on the grill.

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6. Mid-century Home

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Why you should stay: Two words… hot tub. And three more: nearby bison herds.

  • Location: Rapid City
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $118/night

You won’t be able to miss this modern 1950s home in Rapid City with it’s corrugated metal siding across the facade. Whether your preference is touring the city sights or the natural landscape of the Black Hills, this is one of the most conveniently located airbnbs in South Dakota. Be sure to make time to visit Custer State Park. It encompasses 71,000 acres in the Black Hills with a variety of wildlife including one of the largest publicly owned bison herds.

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7. The Still House

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Why you should stay: Bring some moonshine for an off-the-grid woodland adventure.

  • Location: Rapid City
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $199/night

Bring camping to a whole different level in this extra-large, canvas tent. Although it’s completely off-grid (absolutely zero electricity), you’ll still find all the amenities you’d likely have in any hotel room. This includes a hot shower (perfect if you spent the day hiking on one of the property’s many nearby Forest Service trails), a gas stove to cook up a hot meal, and a solar battery station to charge your electronics for a Netflix movie night. You won’t want to go back to the hustle and bustle of the city after a few nights in this grand spot. And since pups are allowed with a $30 fee, you can basically move here and not miss a thing about your life in the city.

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8. The Cottage on Saint Cloud

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Why you should stay: An oh-so-adorable place to enjoy a spot of tea and crumpets.

  • Location: Rapid City
  • Sleeps: 8
  • Minimum stay: 3 nights
  • Rates from: $185/night

This adorable and spacious cottage looks like should be in the English countryside instead of town Rapid City. With it’s white-washed interior, exposed wood beams, and thoughtful touches throughout, this home is the epitome of British charm. The kitchen is filled with unique touches like a vintage toaster, farmhouse sink, and a wood-paneled hood. After eating dinner, head out into the backyard and enjoy a glass of wine under the pergola on one of the four rocking chairs. If someone suggests roasting some marshmallows over the fire, you may find yourself saying “what a bloody brilliant idea!” It’s truly one of the most charming airbnbs in South Dakota.

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9. Cabin at Green Mountain

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Why you should stay: Feel like you’re back in time. Is there gold in them thar hills?

  • Location: Nemo
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $175/night

Ever wonder what filming a western must be like? Then look no further than this secluded cabin in the Black Hills. Just a stone’s throw (or maybe gold nugget’s throw?) from the historic town of Deadwood, the cabin is exactly what you need to feel like you’re in the Wild West. Plus, you won’t need to head into any of the nearby casinos since you have your own parquet card table. Ladies and gentleman, place your bets! Just don’t go too crazy: as with all airbnbs in South Dakota, the owners will probably frown on you digging for gold in the backyard.

“Situated in an isolated valley with fabulous views, this cute cabin takes you back in time.”

David, Midland, MI
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10. Franklin’s Tower

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Why you should stay: Rapunzel may have been alone in her tower, but you can bring the whole family to yours.

  • Location: Lead
  • Sleeps: 10
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $229/night

Although not technically a tower, this newly-constructed home is just as magical. And you won’t need a fairy godmother here to clean up, since reviewers report the place is immaculately clean. You may want her, however, to turn you into a pumpkin so you have an excuse to just sit in one spot and relax.

Since this home is in such an ideal location for so many outdoor activities, that hot tub will probably be looking pretty good by the end of the day. Whether you’re headed out to Terry Peak Ski Area or hiking on one of the many trails in the Black Hills National Forest, this house is an adventurer’s dream. And since there are four bedroom, everyone gets their own space to snore as loudly as they’d like at night.

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11. Deadwood’s Old Front Porch

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Why you should stay: Walk the same streets as Calamity Jane and “Wild” Bill Hickok.

  • Location: Deadwood
  • Sleeps: 8
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $206/night

The city of Deadwood has enough character in and of itself, but add on a stay at this antique home and your mind will be thinking you’re back in the 1800’s. And if the porch could talk (it was built before South Dakota claimed statehood), it would definitely have some stories to tell.

This is one of the most ideal airbnbs in South Dakota for history buffs, since there’s a trolly stop steps away. In a few minutes, you can be downtown taking a ghost tour, walking around historic buildings, or sitting in a century-old saloon.

Make sure to pop into Saloon No. 10 (giving themselves the title “the only museum in the world with a bar”) and watch a reenactment of Wild Bill’s demise during that fateful card game in 1876.

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