I could not think of a better way to kick off my summer than with a road trip around one of my favorite places in all of the states; South Dakota! This was my second time being able to visit this beautiful state. I always say it’s such a hidden gem because it truly is. I was really excited about this trip though because I got to see a lot more of what South Dakota has to offer. We stopped at so many fun roadside attractions and made so many fun memories. Even though our trips had a lot of setbacks (like horrible weather and SNOW IN MAY) I’m excited to share some of my memories and favorite spots with you here on this blog.
Our first day, we got to explore around Sioux Falls. My favorite little stop here was coffee and food at Josiah’s Coffee House. They truly had the best homemade pop-tarts and I couldn’t get over how cute it was!
We spent a lot of time exploring downtown, which was so quaint and cute! Some of my other favorites were Phillips Avenue Diner, Vinyl Taco, Carpenter Bar, and Flyboy Donuts. We also visited Falls Park which makes Sioux Falls what it is. It was a beautiful park with a lot of history if that is something that you are into. I loved it.
We then headed to Palisades State Park for some nice trail hiking and sightseeing. It was a little bit rainy but that didn’t stop us! I loved Palisades because it was extremely peaceful.
Views from our trail at Palisades State Park.
From Palisades State Park we headed off with the windows down and the breeze in our hair and stopped at one of my favorite roadside attractions from the trip: The World’s Only Corn Palace. Yeah…I know what you are thinking. We had no idea what we were getting into but if you are driving through South Dakota you just have to stop and see for yourself!
We then headed to Chamberlain where we stayed the night on the lake. It was beautiful! On the way out in the morning we stopped at the famous Al’s Oasis for a hearty breakfast. Some other fun roadside stops were Dignity: of Earth & Sky and the Akta Lakota Museum & Cultural Center.
We then headed to Interior aka Badlands National Park! My favorite! I can not get over the bed and breakfast we stayed at. I have nothing but kind words to say about Circle View Guest Ranch. The family was absolutely precious and took such good care of us!
I love Badlands National Park. This was my second time exploring and I did a new hike called Notch Trail that I absolutely loved! It had a beautiful wooden staircase as well that was so fun to photograph and climb on.
When visiting Badlands you absolutely MUST stop at Cedar Pass Restaurant and try an Indian Taco. They are out of this world amazing! Probably my favorite meal this whole trip.
Our last stop on the trip was headed towards Hill City. We stayed at the cutest cabins before the big snow storm rolled through.
SNOW IN MAY! It wasn’t even a baby storm either, it was so much! Sadly, our super awesome trip to Custer State Park to go scout Bison sadly got canceled due to the snow. We ended up heading back to Rapid City where we spent the last couple days making our own adventures. Some of our favorites were the Dinosaur Park and our favorite local coffee shops Harriet & Oak and Pure Bean Coffeehouse.
The weather was such a bummer, but we didn’t let it ruin our spirits. Overall, we had such a fun road trip getting to know South Dakota more and exploring all the roadside attractions on our drive all over the state. I was so thankful for this trip. Thank you so much South Dakota for sponsoring and sending me to explore!