A Stop on the 1-29 Corridor

I-29 Cultural Corridor

Day 1

From the north, start at Fort Sisseton Historic State Park and feel the history at the restored 1864 cavalry outpost. Next up is Sica Hollow State Park, a scenic ravine steeped in Dakota legend and crisscrossed by a National Recreation Trail, near both the Nicollet Tower and the Sisseton Wahpeton College. Moving south, stop in Watertown to visit Bramble Park Zoo and the Redlin Art Center. Next is Brookings with the South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum, the Children’s Museum of South Dakota and the 70-acre McCrory Gardens. Stay the night in Brookings.

 Fort Sisseton Historic State Park - 1864 Cavalry Outpost
 Fort Sisseton Historic State Park - 1864 Cavalry Outpost
Nicollet Tower & Interpretive Center - Scenic Highway 10
Sica Hollow State Park
Day 2

Side trips off Interstate 29 include a prairie village featuring a collection of restored turn-of-the-century buildings in Madison, the tribal casino in Flandreau, or Palisades State Park and Devil’s Gulch near Garretson. In Sioux Falls, stop at the city’s namesake, the falls of the Big Sioux River, where the river streams over glittering pink quartzite. Tour the Center for Western Studies and the Siouxland Heritage Museums, or enjoy a Plains Indians art gallery.

The city of Vermillion lies to the south and just west of Interstate 29 where you can view more than 15,000 rare musical instruments at the National Music Museum – one of the greatest institutions of its kind. Next, visit The W.H. Over Museum, which features displays of South Dakota’s natural history and cultural heritage.

End the day with a tasty treat from the old-fashioned soda fountain in Elk Point. Finally, pay a visit to North Sioux City, the farthest city south on Interstate 29 before crossing the border into Iowa. Stay the night here if the day’s activities have you bushed, or venture on to wherever the road takes you next. 

Palisades State Park
Palisades State Park
Devil’s Gulch
National Music Museum
Day 2

Side trips off Interstate 29 include a prairie village featuring a collection of restored turn-of-the-century buildings in Madison, the tribal casino in Flandreau, or Palisades State Park and Devil’s Gulch near Garretson. In Sioux Falls, stop at the city’s namesake, the falls of the Big Sioux River, where the river streams over glittering pink quartzite. Tour the Center for Western Studies and the Siouxland Heritage Museums, or enjoy a Plains Indians art gallery.

The city of Vermillion lies to the south and just west of Interstate 29 where you can view more than 15,000 rare musical instruments at the National Music Museum – one of the greatest institutions of its kind. Next, visit The W.H. Over Museum, which features displays of South Dakota’s natural history and cultural heritage.

End the day with a tasty treat from the old-fashioned soda fountain in Elk Point. Finally, pay a visit to North Sioux City, the farthest city south on Interstate 29 before crossing the border into Iowa. Stay the night here if the day’s activities have you bushed, or venture on to wherever the road takes you next. 

Museum
Elk Point old-fashioned soda fountain
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