Riverboat Days and Summer Arts Festival in Yankton, SD

Photo: Nathan Bergeson

#92. Yankton

Perched on the Missouri River, Yankton is known as the first capital of the Dakota Territory. Yankton residents appreciate the city’s interesting past as evidenced by 26 individual properties and six historic districts listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Quality of life amenities include a fine Yankton Public School District along with 14 municipal parks, and the community presents an annual Riverboat Days festival each August that draws 125,000 spectators. See where Yankton ranked on our Best Small Towns 2012 list. 

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