Center Of Nation Belle Fourche

U.S. Highway 212 Road Trip

Explore the Prairie Highway
Day 1

Start your trip in Watertown at the Redlin Art Center, an impressive gallery housing more than 150 of Terry Redlin’s original paintings. While you’re there, check out the Mellette House (home of South Dakota’s first governor), Bramble Park Zoo and a tribal casino. Stay the night in Watertown.

Faulkton Elevator Mural
Day 2

Travel west on Highway 212 to Clark, home to both beloved Dakota Style Chips as well as one of the state's strangest annual events: Potato Days. (Is mashed potato wrestling part of the tradition? You bet.) Down the road is Faulkton, home to South Dakota’s only 110-foot elevator mural and fully functioning 1925 C.W. Parker Carousel. Continue exploring at the historic Pickler Mansion. 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. Stay the night in Gettysburg.

Dancer at Eagle Butte
Day 3

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, a Lakota dancing performance and local crafts. Travel to Faith to visit a working ranch and take in a real-life livestock auction at the local sale barn. Stay the night in Faith.

Belle Fourche Geo Center
Day 4

Travel to Belle Fourche and check out 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. Stay the night in Belle Fourche, and wake up refreshed for a Black Hills adventure!

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Illustrated image of three bison grazing in Custer State Park. The Needles rock formation is visible in the background.
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