For most people, South Dakota is a place on the map – one they can likely only successfully point to relative to its northern neighbor. But we know better: South Dakota is a fantastic place to explore, home to the Badlands, its own type of big sky country, and historic waterways that helped pave the exploration of the Western U.S.
Sioux Falls is one such city that exemplifies the best that South Dakota has to offer. Here you’ll find great food to enjoy, outdoor adventures worth having, and plenty of other things to do. As you plan a trip to (or through) Sioux Falls, you might wonder where to stay. There are plenty of boutique, independent, and chain hotels to choose from, but there are also vacation rentals if that’s your travel style (as it is mine!).
In this post, I’ll highlight some of the best vacation rentals and Airbnbs in Sioux Falls. I’ve hand-picked these properties based on my decade of experience staying in vacation rentals when I travel, and my own experience visiting Sioux Falls. By the end, you’ll have plenty of choices for where to stay in Sioux Falls on any budget and for any travel style.
In this post, I promote travel to destinations that are the traditional lands of the Yankton and Očhéthi Šakówiŋ peoples. With respect, I make a formal land acknowledgment, extending my appreciation and respect to the past and present people of these lands. To learn more about the peoples who call these lands home, I invite you to explore Native Land.
This post was originally published in November 2021, and was updated most recently in August 2023.
1. Updated Vintage-Style Cottage
This Boho-styled cottage is one of the loveliest Airbnbs in Sioux Falls. Set in Sioux Falls’ favorite historical neighborhood, McKennan Park, the cottage’s interior is roomy with plenty of nooks to enjoy a relaxing time alone. It has three bedrooms and can sleep up to eight guests, making the cottage perfect for big families.
The rental’s decor and design will impress you. Everything looks fresh, new, and pristine. All bedrooms feature pastel colors and delicate works of art to revitalize the place. You’ll love the French Art nouveau poster sprucing up the brown walls of the master bedroom. The living room combines transitional and contemporary furniture, with a mix of wood and glossy finishes everywhere. There’s a bluish sofa, two leather armchairs, and a fireplace creating the perfect ambiance to spend some family time.
2. Centrally-Located Updated Home
Are you looking for vacation rentals in Sioux Falls that accept your furry friend? Look no further. This cute split-level home will welcome every member of the family. Located in a quiet neighborhood, this split-level home has stunning nature all around. Old trees surround the entrance, and the host has decorated everything with lovely plants. The partially fenced-in backyard also has lush greenery all around.
Featuring a modern style, the rental has three bedrooms, two full bathrooms (one being the master bath), and two living spaces. The host has remodeled the kitchen with state-of-the-art appliances and the most beautiful kitchen faucet. The house’s location is excellent, being just blocks from the zoo, Sanford Hospital, the country clubs, and just a short 5-10 min drive to downtown.
3. Charming House in Quiet Neighborhood
There are plenty of Airbnbs in Sioux Falls with character, but none compares to this charming rental. A crushed rock pathway welcomes guests. The house has a gorgeous brick front with a lovely vine covering half the wall.
Located in the McKennan Park neighborhood, this charming rental has one bedroom and one bath on the main floor. You’ll also find two bedrooms upstairs, which share the second bathroom. The house’s style is pretty eclectic, with some rooms featuring classic decor with European flair and others oozing a vintage vibe. The living room has Kitsch details all around, like the leopard print chairs and its Moroccan-style carpet.
As for accessibility, the house has a central location and is close to downtown if you want to grab a bite or need anything from the grocery store.
4. Historical Victorian Duplex
This historical Victorian duplex will be the perfect hub as you explore Sioux falls. Spacious and luminous, this Victorian duplex sits on the historical Cathedral District. It is within walking distance of everything you’d want in Sioux Falls. This rental is six blocks from the main drag of Downtown Sioux Falls, and it’s close to restaurants, nightlife, parks, museums, and the Denny Sanford Premier Center.
As for the design and style, this Victorian duplex is one of those Airbnbs in Sioux Falls whose pictures don’t do it justice. It’s cozy and quaint with a lot of character. Every single room is spacious and has tons of natural light coming through the floor-to-ceiling windows. The hosts have also decorated the walls with quirky artwork and furniture. The bathroom is stunning, with a clawfoot tub and a wrap-around curtain.
5. Downtown Resting Place
Built in 1889, this stunning Victorian home could be your temporary home while visiting Sioux Falls. The host offers the house’s first level for rent, and it can sleep up to three guests. While the hosts still live upstairs, they provide guests with their private entrance. The space has a king-size bed, full bath, full kitchenette with breakfast snacks, Keurig coffee, mini-fridge, microwave, and much more! The windows have a gorgeous garden view and direct access to the outdoor patio.
Like many other Sioux Falls Airbnbs, this rental has an excellent location. It’s right downtown and close to everything. You’ll be within walking distance to two beautiful parks (McKennan and Lyon) and the grocery store. Both Sanford and Avera Medical Centers are also very close (1 mile).
6. The Dutch on 7th
Not all Sioux Falls vacation rentals can flaunt their history. The Dutch on 7th is a charming old home (1913) in Sioux Falls’ historic neighborhood. It had a rocky start as a rundown house before Airbnb hosts Becky and Adam bought it. They did a stunning job refurbishing this old home, which included replacing the cement front steps, the ceiling in the kitchen, and restyling the whole house.
Today, the Dutch is a sublime rental combining 20th-century styles with modern touches. It has two bedrooms and one bathroom. Both bedrooms have new queen size beds, and one of them comes with an attached sunroom. The rental features central air to keep the room cool during summer nights. The kitchen is complete with a stove, microwave, refrigerator, dishwasher, and coffee maker. WiFi has recently been installed in the house as well.
7. McKennan Park Cottage
With a lovely atmosphere and unusual layout, you’ll want to book this garden Cottage every time you visit Sioux Falls. Host Cece rents her cottage’s cozy basement apartment for all those staying a few days in this city.
Located across McKennan Park tennis courts, this private basement apartment has one large bedroom with a queen-size bed, two large sofas for extra guests, and a full bathroom with a shower and jacuzzi tub. The natural beauty of this rental is the unique grotto room, though, which you can use for dining or playing games.
Guests also have private access to the lush garden patio, its hot tub, and fireplace.
8. Cozy Chateau
Set in the historic Pettigrew Heights neighborhood, this cozy Chateau guarantees a lovely stay in Sioux Falls. Its host has recently fully furnished and remodeled the space, creating a cozy atmosphere in every corner. It has a modern style, with simple, clean-lined furniture, neutral hues, and minimalist artwork.
The house features a front porch, a well-equipped kitchen, two bedrooms, one with a queen bed and another with a double bed, and sofas. All rooms are immaculately clean. They also have central air, a crucial amenity during the summer months. It has an excellent location close to downtown, Sanford, Avera, and local universities. The neighborhood is quiet and safe, perfect if you want to stay away from the hustle and bustle of downtown.
9. Main Duplex
The main duplex apartment is ideal for an extended stay in Sioux Falls, a quaint little place fantastic location. It features two bedrooms and one bathroom, and it can sleep up to four people. The host didn’t let any detail slip and has furnished the house with everything you can almost think of to make your stay easy.
The house also features a cozy living room space with plenty of seating, smart tv, and abundant natural light. The kitchen sits off the living room and has all utensils to prepare delicious meals during your stay.
The location makes the rental a perfect base as it is a short walk to McKennan Park and downtown.
10. The Ranch Suite
Do you want a taste of life out on the ranch without leaving the city? You can do it in The Ranch Suite. Forget about modern decor and style; this Airbnb is pure country bliss.
The unit is on the building’s main level, and guests access it through a flight of stairs. It has one bedroom and one bed, making it a suitable rental for couples or solo travelers. The rooms feature country decor, like animal artwork and wood furniture. It also has covered parking. Located in a residential area in central Sioux Falls, It is very close to the vibrant downtown, with plenty of shops and restaurant options.
11. Cozy Chalet without the Mountains
There are not enough adjectives to describe how cute this Cozy Chalet is. It’s stylish yet cozy and creates an inviting atmosphere as soon as you step into it.
Built in 1910, the host has newly renovated and decorated the house with fantastic attention to detail. The bedroom is an open loft format and has two beds and a bathroom. It also has a nice little porch outback. The rental has a fabulous spiral staircase adding to the very modern look inside. Despite being small, it’s comfortable and has enough space to house a couple. There’s also a fireplace, a desk, and a washer/dryer combo.
The rental sits in a quiet area with easy parking and easy access to downtown. There are lots of excellent restaurants nearby.
Which one of these vacation rentals or Airbnbs will you choose for your Sioux Falls stay? Let me know any questions in the comments!