Sioux Falls, South Dakota - Cool and Corny at the Same Time
After briefly passing through Iowa, I entered South Dakota.
My next destination would be Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The trip took me about 3 hours because I stopped along the way at the South Dakota tourism information office. I inquired about things to do and the woman behind the counter mentioned that I should visit the namesake of Sioux Falls... the Sioux Falls.Sioux Falls. The falls was actually located in a public park located in the middle of the city.
Just down the street from the Cathedral there were a number of huge 19th century houses.
Sioux Falls sculpture park. I wasn't given good directions to the sculpture park, I was just told that it was in the downtown area. I came across one sculpture.
But I saw this one... and perhaps accumulated some points for Pokemon Go.
As I was driving around the downtown area I saw this guy driving his ATV on the streets. I thought that it was kind of cool that they allowed ATVs in the downtown area.
I also passed by this outdoor store called The Great Outdoor Store. Because I'm a gear junky, I had to check it out. If the owners were going to call their shop The Great Outdoor Store, I felt like it should be well... Great. The thing that first caught my eye was that they had a number of tents set up on the outside lawn. OK, great promotional display, it caught my attention. The store was inside an old building surrounded by a nice green lawn. A bit unusual for a store, but I thought fit in with the neighborhood and concept. I entered the store and walked around. I was greeted by some friendly staff. They were having some kind of raffle and gave me a ticket. The store actually had a pretty good selection of outdoor goods. They had many of the well known name brands, but also what appeared to be some local brands. I really did not need any additional gear, so after walking around a bit I exited. I didn't win the raffle, but I wasn't disappointed. In the world of massive online retail operations, it was good to see that it is still possible for a small business to survive and thrive. Overall I was impressed... the store lived up to it's namesake. If you're ever in the area, check out The Great Outdoor Store... it is Great!
I thought Sioux Falls was a pretty cool town. It was large enough to have a few attractions, small enough to walk around the central area, cultured enough to have some art and I really enjoyed the natural area around Falls Park. I only spent one day in the town, then charted my course toward Rapid City, South Dakota. My next destination would be a long drive of about 5 to 6 hours. As I was driving west I kept seeing road signs for The Corn Palace. It sounded kind of... corny... but I had to check it out.
The Corn Palace is a nice little museum dedicated to corn.
The Corn Palace serves the community as a venue for concerts, sports events, exhibits and other community events. Each year, the Corn Palace is celebrated with a citywide festival, the Corn Palace Festival. Historically it was held at harvest time in September, but recently it has been held at the end of August. Other popular annual events include the Corn Palace Stampede Rodeo in July and the Corn Palace Polka Festival in September. It is also home to the Dakota Wesleyan University Tigers and the Mitchell High School Kernels basketball teams.
Inside The Corn Palace there is a souvenir store that sells items like postcards.
Corn cob pipes
I continued west.