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Canistota, South Dakota


The city of Canistota in South Dakota is touted as among the best cities to spend your retirement or to bring the whole family for a quiet and safe vacation. This small city only has 0.6 square miles of total land area so that everything is within walking distance away. Still, this thriving community is modern and has a lot of businesses, shops and restaurants so that residents and travelers are well provided for. Of course, should there be a need for the traveler to seek big city attractions, these can be found by driving for a few minutes from Canistota.

Fast Facts

  • The city of Canistota belongs to McCook County in South Dakota.
  • It is nicknamed as “C-Town”.
  • The city has a motto of “Home of the Hawks”.
  • It was incorporated in 1883. Still, with its long history, it never really grew much larger, only having less than 1 square miles of total area.
  • Although not a major tourist destination, the city does have its fair share of tourists annually. Many of them fall in love with the place and pick it as a possible site for retirement later in life.

Best Hotel Accommodations

When in Canistota, you might as well stay at Graziano’s World Famous Restaurant and Inn for you to enjoy the best of both worlds: great food and comfortable beds to rest in. Another great option is the Days Inn Canastota-Syracuse, a low-rise building which offers free parking spaces, laundry facilities, free wireless internet access, and expanded cable TV channels with HBO. You can also have a taste of a little bit of history by staying at the historic but newly refurbished Ortman Hotel. Book your Canistota Hotels with

Things to Do

Small as it is, Canistota is a nice place to visit. There are plenty of things to do in this small town. In fact, Canistota is a great base for visiting attractions like the Corn Palace whose Moorish Revival building is already a landmark unto itself but is also well-known for the varied murals of corns and grains that are depicted on the façade. It would also be a nice idea to drive off to Lake Vermillion to enjoy various activities such as boating, fishing and camping. Travelers can also camp out at the Hazel RV Park just two blocks away from Main Street.

Restaurants and Dining

Surprisingly, there are plenty of restaurants in Canistota. Many even offer great menus and superb cuisines that are really worth digging into. Graziano’s World Famous Restaurant and Inn is among the top dining options in Canistota, offering the best steaks and seafood the city has to offer. Italian specialties are on the menu, many of which are family heirloom recipes that are mouthwatering and really delicious. The restaurant is also known for its delicious sauces. Baxa's Goodtimes Cafe and Pub is a good place not just for adults but for kids as well. In fact, children’s menus are available there. The place is also a good venue for finding favorite wines and liquors, with nightly drink specials at the bar.