National Music Museum puts Vermillion on world stage

Imagine, standing near a 500-year-old grand piano. Perhaps, a Stradivarius violin. Don’t want to fight the crowds at a New York City metropolitan museum or a Smithsonian in Washington, DC? You don’t have to. Just take a drive to Vermillion, South Dakota. What? Really? These are your thoughts right about now, eh? Situated on the […]

Sioux Falls’ beauty extends beyond Falls Park

Sioux Falls Park The Big Sioux River flexes its muscles as it flows through Sioux Falls’ Falls Park. It starts in northeastern South Dakota and runs for 419 miles before joining the Missouri River near the Iowa-South Dakota border. In the meantime, the river provides a beautiful setting for Sioux Falls’ popular park, with a […]

South Dakota’s Porter Sculpture Park offers unique look at art

Folks driving along Interstate 90 outside of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, may notice a giant bull head staring back at them. You may have heard of the Little House on the Prairie, but what about the Little Sculpture Park on the Prairie? The Porter Sculpture Park in Montrose (about 30 miles west of Sioux Falls) […]

Mitchell’s Corn Palace ‘rocks’ with its music theme

The “King” lives on in Mitchell, South Dakota. Elvis Presley and Willie Nelson are the headliners for the Corn Palace’s murals. Their likenesses have been created with thousands of corn husks and corn cobs. The Corn Palace annually creates a new design using husks and cobs. “Rock of Ages” will actually be the attraction’s theme […]

DeSmet, South Dakota – Home to ‘Little House on the Prairie’

Visiting the place where Laura Ingalls Wilder spent many of her years sure differs from what I saw when I watched “Little House on the Prairie” as a kid. We visited the actual Ingalls homestead near DeSmet, SD. The television series, which ran nine seasons from 1974 until 1983, primarily took place in Walnut Grove, […]

National Park Service offers free admission dates as part of its centennial in 2016

  The National Park Service turns 1oo years old in 2016. Do you know what the very first national park was? Yellowstone National Park was deemed a national park in 1872 by President US Grant. Other parks and monuments followed, but the National Park Service didn’t come together as an organization until 1916, when President […]

New places, familiar haunts highlight our 2016 travel plans

Trips to Indiana, Wisconsin and return visits to Seattle, South Dakota and North Dakota highlight our 2016 travel plans. Clear Lake, Iowa Our travel schedule kicks off with a February visit to Clear Lake, Iowa, Feb. 20th. We are going to check out the annual Colors of the Wind kite festival. Participants fly giant kites […]

Sioux Falls memorializes USS South Dakota; most decorated battleship in World War II

The USS South Dakota was the most decorated American ship during World War II. The battleship participated in every major naval battle in the Pacific Theater. It’s memorialized in Sioux Falls. The South Dakota was decommissioned in 1962 and sold for scrap. So, instead of having an opportunity to figure out how to haul a […]

Local choices highlight Sioux Falls dining

Finding the right local places to eat can be challenging. In Sioux Falls, we knew one place we were going to check out – the Phillips Avenue Diner. We ate there years ago. Lisa and I remembered we liked it. We arrived for a late dinner. Nothing sounded really good to me. No burger. No […]

Sioux Falls Washington Pavilion combines art and science

Sioux Fall’s Washington Pavilion is a mixed use facility. Visitors can take in art, a movie or check out the science museum. Our favorite section was the Visual Arts Center. It offered an array of artwork, including Native American, dioramas and a couple of special exhibits. As you approach the arts center, you’re greeted by […]

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