Spearfish named Best Hippie Town in South Dakota

Author: BHSU Communications/Monday, August 22, 2016/Categories: Students, Community, Outdoor Education

Spearfish was recently named the “Best Hippie Town” in South Dakota by Thrillist.com, a foodie and travel website which noted the mellow feel Black Hills State University contributes to the town.

One of 50 best hippie towns in America, Spearfish outshines all other towns in the state as a “hippie haven.” The Thrillist.com list showcases the natural beauty of Spearfish combined with local businesses contributing to its unique culture.

“The town is home to Black Hills State University (go Yellow Jackets!) which gives the Downtown a rustic, mellow feel,” writes Thrillist columnist Matt Meltzer. “Combine that with the natural beauty of the surroundings and you’ve got yourself a hippie paradise.”

Last fall BHSU released a report by the Spearfish Sub-Culture Development Task Force identifying how Spearfish could continue to be branded as a mindful community of arts, entertainment, dining, and outdoor adventuring. The report noted that the young population of Spearfish trends toward those who are health-conscious, adventure-seeking, interested in creative affordable living, and who share an interest in local growth and environmental sustainability.

The full Thrillist.com listing can be found at: https://www.thrillist.com/travel/nation/best-hippie-towns-united-states-of-america

In the last year Spearfish has been recognized on a number of national lists including Best Small Towns by Livability.com, No. 1 community to retire by South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Best Towns 2015: The Road Trip by Outside Magazine, and Top Small Town Getaways by Infogroup. 


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