Surrounding South Dakota’s beautifully restored Capitol and continuing through Pierre’s historic business district, the Trail of Governors creates a lasting legacy of the state’s Governors in the city where they served as the state’s chief executive.

Believed to be the only one of its kind in America, the project presently consists of fifteen life-sized bronze statues sculpted by several of the state’s leading artists. Four more Governors will be added in June of 2017, leaving only eleven former Governors to be completed in this ongoing effort. For further information see the Trail of Governors website at www.trailofgovernors.com. A colorful brochure including a map of the Trail is also available.

The Fighting Stallions Memorial honors eight South Dakotans, who died in a plane crash in 1993. The State’s World War II Memorial consists of six bronze figures representing the military branches in which South Dakotans served. 

The Korean War and Vietnam War memorials are life-sized bronze statues and historically accurate of a soldier at that time. www.state.sd.us/boa/capitolcour





Find all of our favorite sculptures around town on the map.

Arts & Culture

  • Fun, interactive learning is the focus of the South Dakota Discovery Center. More than 60 hands-on exhibits illustrate principles of electricity, magnetism, life sciences, telecommunications, and physics.
  • Completed in 1910, the Capitol is stunning with its dramatic murals, stained glass, elaborate tilework and collections of sculpture & art. The Capitol building is open to visitors from 8am – 7pm, Monday through Friday and 8am – 5pm, Saturday and Sunday. During Christmas at the Capitol hours are 8am – 10pm, Monday through Sunday. During Legislative Session hours are 8am – 10pm, Monday thru Sunday.
  • The extensive collections of the South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center preserve the historical and cultural legacy of the state’s early Sioux inhabitants and the first waves of European settlers. Open year-round, the museum features permanent, rotating and traveling exhibits.