Sioux Falls, South Dakota #CaffeinatedRoadtrip #HifromSD

Sioux Falls, South Dakota #CaffeinatedRoadtrip #HifromSD

On the road again for the Caffeinated Road-trip, and while we had a great time visiting friends and family in Colorado and Nebraska the next part of our trip is just for fun.  Hubs and I had never taken a vacation together, ever.  We just move every couple of years across the country, and explore our new locations.  This time though, we are not moving, we are hitting the road for adventures on a real vacation.

From SE Nebraska we headed north through Omaha, and into Iowa for a few minutes because I missed an exit and had to drive through downtown traffic but the first leg of this days drive wouldn’t be too long either way.  We were headed towards our first stop in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.  Why you might ask, well the answer is simple really.  Our intention for the vacation portion of the Caffeinated road-trip was to hit up ever roadside attraction we could find.  I used Roadside America to find some places to stop, others we saw signs for and decided to stop spontaneously.

USS South Dakota

Sioux Falls, South Dakota is home to several roadside attractions.  Many of which are free!  First stop of the day was the USS South Dakota Battleship Memorial.  The memorial was simple to find, even though it is not right next to the interstate.  There are plenty of signs directing the way.  (Side Note:  We did not use any GPS navigation on this trip, we went old school with printed maps and an atlas)

The U.S.S. South Dakota was the most decorated battleship of World War II. It fought in every major naval battle in the Pacific from 1942-1945. – Visit Sioux Falls

The entier ship was not brought to Sioux Falls, rather just pieces and parts.  They did make a full cement outline of the ship, which helps give visitors the idea of just how large the USS South Dakota was.

USS South Dakota

USS South Dakota

USS South Dakota

USS South Dakota

USS South Dakota

USS South DakotaThis last photo makes me laugh. Hubs had the camera while we were in Sioux Falls, and he captured this one pretty well.  He was trying to show the size of the “chain” that holds the anchor to the ship, in comparison to his size 14 shoe.

USS South Dakota

 

After we checked out the USS South Dakota, we headed over to McKeenan Park to see the “Pillars of the Nation”.  The 4 stone pillars were created in 1941 to simbolize the coming together of all 48 states during a time of world conflict.  (Hawaii and Alaska didn’t become states till 1959)

Pillars of the Nation - Sioux Falls

Our last stop in Sioux Falls, South Dakota was Falls Park.  You cannot make a visit to Sioux Falls without seeing the place it is named after.  It is a beautiful park, with a sculpture walk and just a great area to explore.

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We only spent a few hours in Sioux Falls, South Dakota but it made for a great place to stretch our legs before continuing on our Caffeinated Roadtrip!