Rapid City Restaurants – 4 Unique Restaurants in South Dakota

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Living in Denver, we have now been to Rapid City, South Dakota several times to visit such landmarks as  Mount Rushmore National Monument, Crazy Horse Memorial. and the Badlands National Park. While visiting these attractions are always exciting, another fun part of traveling is trying new restaurants. Thus, we always like to try some non-chain restaurants or at least chains that are not in our area. Of course, we had to hit a few of those while out and about but we were able to find a few unique restaurants. Here are four Rapid City restaurants that I decided I would like to share from some of our visits.  Hope you enjoy reading about these and try them the next time you find yourself in the area. Continue reading “Rapid City Restaurants – 4 Unique Restaurants in South Dakota”

Berlin Wall Exhibit – Rapid City, South Dakota

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Last week Gene and I took to trip to South Dakota and decided to do a few things that some visitors may not have time to visit or experience. One of these places was visiting a memorial and piece of the Berlin Wall. It is called Memorial Park and is located on Rapid Creek adjacent to The Monument (formerly known as the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center). The park holds one of America’s largest Berlin Wall exhibits (two large slabs of the wall), Memorial Pond, Flood of 1972 Memorial fountain, several other sculptures, a band shelter, and Legacy Commons.  It is a very special and touching exhibit. Along with the wall exhibit, there are many interpretive monument stations explaining why the wall was built, and how it was eventually taken down.

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Rapid City, South Dakota – My Top 7 Free Things on Our to-do List

Rapid City 1We have had a few fun times exploring Rapid City, South Dakota and the area since living here in CO. Of course we had to do the big attractions like Mount Rushmore, and Crazy Horse, but we also look forward to doing some more historical and local attractions on our next trip in May of 2022. With a budget in mind, I also wanted to do a few free things while in the area. Thus I did some research and found 7 free things around Rapid City that I think would be fun to do. Here is my list (alphabetically): Continue reading “Rapid City, South Dakota – My Top 7 Free Things on Our to-do List”

South Dakota State Capital in Pierre – The Land of Infinite Variety

South Dakota State Capitol - FrontWhile in South Dakota for the LWMS Convention, we decided to check out the South Dakota State Capitol building in Pierre. It is a wonderful capitol and I really liked all the marble. The capitol features a copper dome, Corinthian columns, rusticated walls of granite and Bedford limestone, and a decorative interior with English and Italian Renaissance features. It was constructed between 1905 and 1910. The plans for the building were designed by the Minneapolis architectural office of C.E. Bell and M.S. Detwiler, who gave the building similar features to the Montana State Capitol in Helena, Montana. The planning and construction cost was almost $1,000,000. I have to say, it was well worth it.

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Sturgis, South Dakota – Home of the Annual Motorcycle Rally

Sturgis HillWhile in the area visiting Mount Rushmore National Monument and Crazy Horse Memorial in June of 2015, we decided to check out the interesting city of Sturgis. It was founded in 1878 and was originally named Scooptown. It was named this because many of the residents “scooped up” their pay from nearby Fort Meade. Its name was later changed to Sturgis in honor of the Civil War Union General Samuel D. Sturgis. Today that is approximately 6,800 residents.   Continue reading “Sturgis, South Dakota – Home of the Annual Motorcycle Rally”

Deadwood, South Dakota – A Historic Trip to the 1800’s

Deadwood SignHands down, the cutest little town I saw while in South Dakota was Deadwood City. It is a quaint little town in the Black Hills not very far from Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse Memorial, and Sturgis. What is amazing about the city is that the whole city is a National Historic Landmark!  Pretty cool. Once we realized how close it is to Rapid City, we definitely added it to our to-do list.  I have to say, I am very glad we did. Continue reading “Deadwood, South Dakota – A Historic Trip to the 1800’s”

Crazy Horse National Monument, South Dakota – The Legacy Lives On

Crazy Horse 1While in Rapid City  in June of 2015 we went to Mt. Rushmore and Crazy Horse National Monument. I had heard a lot about this monument but didn’t know really much about it. I am embarrassed to admit that at one point, I actually thought it was about an actual horse. Yes, I am hiding my face in shame, lol. Gladly I knew more about it when we headed out, but not much. At least I knew it was about an Indian Chief and not a horse, lol. I have to say, I learned a lot while we were there. Continue reading “Crazy Horse National Monument, South Dakota – The Legacy Lives On”

Split Rock Creek and Park in Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Split Rock Creek 6In June of 2004, I spent part of week in Sioux Falls, South Dakota for the LWMS convention.  It is a beautiful area and was glad I got to explore a little before the convention started. I knew about Falls Park and was looking forward to seeing it. However, I did some research and found quite a few other exciting things to do in the area. One place I was able to visit was a place called Split Rock Creek and Park. It is a great place for camping, hiking, canoeing/kayaking, fishing and picnicking. Continue reading “Split Rock Creek and Park in Sioux Falls, South Dakota”

South Dakota – Wyoming – US States Number 41 Through 50

South Dakota – Wyoming

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We have traveled a lot throughout the US and have actually been to 41 of the 50 States. Thus I decided to share some information about each state as well as the state road sign. If we didn’t get to a state sign yet (or forgot to get one while we were there), I have posted another picture of a state sign and will replace it once we have pictures. In the meantime, please enjoy the information on the states from South Dakota – Wyoming.  FYI, these are in alphabetical order. Continue reading “South Dakota – Wyoming – US States Number 41 Through 50”

Mount Rushmore in Keystone, South Dakota – A Historical Landmark

Mount Rushmore 1I found it very appropriate that I created this post the day before the 4th of July about a monument that pays homage to four great American Presidents, Mount Rushmore.  Here is a link to their website with more info. This has been a place I have wanted to see for a really long time. Thus I was extremely excited to finally get to see how amazing and grand it really is in person. Pictures and movies don’t do justice to their size and detail. You have to see it first hand to really appreciate its beauty, and what a monumental endeavor it was to create the monument. Continue reading “Mount Rushmore in Keystone, South Dakota – A Historical Landmark”