My recent South Dakota road trip turned out even better than I had hoped. Day 1 was lots of fun with stops at Sioux Falls, Porter Sculpture Park and the Corner Palace. On Day 2 of our South Dakota road trip we packed up the RV and left Mitchell, South Dakota early in the morning.
Heading west on I-90 our first stop was a rest area between exits 265 and 263 (near Chamberlain). We wanted to see the 50 ft. “Dignity Statue” of Sacajawea. I’m really glad we took the time to stop. It was really a beautiful statue and much neater than I expected.
The steel sculpture sits on a bluff overlooking the Missouri River. It was a gift to South Dakota from Norm and Eunabel McKie of Rapid City, South Dakota to commemorate the 125th anniversary of South Dakota statehood.
We had to wait a bit so we could take photos without little kids climbing all over the base, but eventually we got the photos we wanted. Once we did we got back on the road headed for our next stop in Wall, South Dakota.
Our RV campground in Wall was called Sleepy Hollow. It was within walking distance of Wall Drug Store, which was on our list of places to go.
The first thing on our to-do list, however, was to drive through the Badlands National Park. We got the RV parked and hooked up then immediately set off for a motorcycle ride.
It was pretty hot, but once we got going we cooled off and got to enjoy a beautiful ride.
The Badlands has two entrances off of I-90. We drove back east from Wall, past the west entrance and entered the park through the east entrance.
The geological deposits of the Badlands contain one of the world’s richest fossil beds. The park is made up of 244,000 acres of out of this world scenery. We drove the Loop Road with its 39 miles of curving roads and close to 30 scenic overlooks. The colors were amazing and we made lots of stops along the way.
We exited the park through the west entrance and only had a mile to ride to get back to Wall. Once there we headed straight to our final stop of the day…..the famous Wall Drug Store.
The store has been a famous South Dakota landmark since the 1930’s. You are sure to see several of the signs located along the highway. (There are more than 3000 signs around the world.)
The drug store was barely hanging on in 1931 when the new owners came up with the idea to give away free ice water. That simple idea saved the store and brought in the crowds.
Now the drug store has all types of shopping from souvenirs to western art and a restaurant that seats over 520. It was such a unique place and definitely needs to be on your South Dakota road trip list of things to do!
Only 2 days into our road trip and we were having so much fun. South Dakota turned out to be such a surprise and I’m so glad we made this trip! (If you missed Day 1 you can see it here.)