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US Highway 212 (The Prairie Highway)
This route is known as the most direct route from Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota, to the Black Hills of South Dakota and Wyoming’s Yellowstone National Park.
The tour starts in Watertown at the Redlin Art Center, an impressive gallery housing more than 150 of Terry Redlin’s original paintings. Other Watertown attractions include the Mellette House, home of South Dakota’s first governor; Bramble Park Zoo; and a tribal casino. Overnight in Watertown.
Travel west on Highway 212 to Clark, where you can tour a potato chip factory and shop for Made in South Dakota products on Main Street. Down the road in Faulkton, attractions include the Pickler Mansion, a historic home; and the Happy Times Carousel. Watch for pheasants as you’re traveling; this is prime pheasant country. Head to Whitlock Bay on the Missouri River for a great steak dinner. Overnight in Gettysburg.
Attractions in the Gettysburg area include West Whitlock Recreation Area on the Missouri River, an Arikara lodge reproduction and salmon spawning station. As you travel west, the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe in Eagle Butte offers the H.V. Johnston Lakota Cultural Center, buffalo and wild horse tours, lunch, a Lakota dancing performance and local crafts. Travel to Faith and visit a working ranch and/or take in a livestock auction at the local sale barn. Overnight in Faith.
Travel to Belle Fourche where options include the Geographic Center of the Nation Monument, the Tri-State Museum, Johnny Spaulding cabin, and antique stores. The visitor center has local artist bronzes and displays as well as walking paths to stretch your legs. Overnight in Belle Fourche. Next day: Continue with Black Hills itinerary add-ons.