When you are visiting Vermillion, be sure to spend some time at the University of South Dakota.
Travelers keen to truly immerse themselves in the region, can travel a little further afield check out the other villages, towns and cities within easy traveling distance. Two places within a relatively short distance of Vermillion are Hartington, 20 miles (32 kilometers) to the northeast, and Beresford, 20 miles (32 kilometers) to the south.
Sioux City, is another good spot to visit. It is approximately 35 miles (56 kilometers) from Vermillion and offers a great selection of things to see, including Tyson Event Center, The Sioux City Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center and Sioux City Art Center. Should you have the time, be sure to visit Argosy Casino, Sioux City Convention Center and Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center before you return to Vermillion.
The Eastern South Dakota area provides visitors plenty of relaxing activities, such as bird watching and camping. When the mercury rises, take the lead of the locals and head to the region's waterways for an afternoon of boating or fishing.
If you plan on traveling by air, take into account that the handiest major airport is Sioux Gateway Airport, 40 miles (64 kilometers) to the southeast of Vermillion.