I would see the Black Hills, particularly Mt. Rushmore, Crazy Horse, and Custer State Park. That’s all on the west end of the state.
As to where to eat, have a Indian Taco at the Wooden Knife Inn in Interior, broasted chicken at Bob’s Cafe in Sioux Falls, or a steak at the Cattlemen’s club east of Pierre.
Thanks for the suggestions. I’m not a fan of chicken having worked on a chicken farm, but the Indian Taco and the Cattleman’s Club both sound like possibilities.
Crazy Horse! definitely! Soooo much better than Mt. Rushmore! If you are going in the summer though, Sturgis is kinda interesting. Badlands are also pretty cool…
Thanks. So what’s so interesting about Sturgis, and why do I know that name? Hmm…
Not sure what your interests are, but Sturgis (during the motorcycle rally- usually the first week in August I think) is one big party. There are usually a few big name concerts and all kinds of races and food etc. But Crazy Horse is where it’s at. Not really any food to die for…maybe an Indian Taco? What time of year will you be there?
I don’t have a definite schedule for when I’m going yet. It’ll probably be summer.
Thanks. Now I remember why I know Sturgis… the bike rally.
There is so much to see in SD… The little town just 2 miles from Mt. Rushmore (called Keystone) has many great little touristy places.(like a Mt Rushmore meuseum and caves)
Also the highway that runs from Keystone to Rapid City have lots of cool things. ((The Cosmos, Bear Country, Reptile Gardens)
Custer State Park, Flintstone Village, The Needles Highway (that’s spectacular!)
Then there are the Badlands and Wall Drug. Not to mention the Corn Palace in Mitchell…
And Deadwood is awesome. The cemetary (Boot Hill) there is where Wild Bill and Calamady Jane are buried.
I could go on for days but I think I’ll stop there.
Thanks for your reply. Coming from the Keystone State, Keystone seems like just the right place for me to visit.
Boot Hill would be a fun place to visit too.
I grew up in South Dakota, and have, for the most part, seen everything there is to see! I grew up in Mitchell, which is on the eastern border, just west of Sioux Falls. I loved it there, I really did, but other than the Corn Palace, there’s not much to see there! The best place to go is out west to the Black Hills! There is so much to see there!!! The Badlands, Wall Drug, Mt. Rushmore, Crazy Horse, and of the number of caverns and mines that are available, Dinosaur Park (my favorite), Custer State Park, Deadwood, Sturgis. You get the picture! One of my favorite places to visit in the hills was Keystone! Not much to it, in fact it really is mostly a tourist trap, but I loved it, and still go there every time I make a trip to the hills!
Really, there is so much to see there, that you could just wander around for several days, have a great time, and still not see a fraction of what there is to see there!
I hope you get a chance to go, and have a great time!!!!!!!
Oh, and as for places to eat, try AJ’s. My aunt used to work there, and it was great! I don’t remember a lot of other places we ate out at, as my uncle was a chef, and mostly he cooked for us when we were there. We did used to go to the Great Wall when I was a kid, but I think it burned down or something like that!
I lived in South Dakota for a year and I would say Deadwood is the all-time must see. Rushmore is great, too…but stay in Deadwood if you can…and if you can stay at the Franklin…lots of famous people have stayed there. We stayed in the Kevin Costner suite. :-)
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