Avoid aches and overall lethargy when you arrive by allotting a little time for activity along the way.
Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center
Located between exits 263 and 265, the center commemorates the duo’s exploration of South Dakota. Stroll around the property’s scenic walkway and take in views of the Missouri River, Chamberlain and Oacoma. There’s even a replica keelboat if you really want to feel like an explorer.
Badlands National Park
Use exit 131 and you’ll run into the iconic Badlands National Park. Hike the plethora of trails, or plan an overnight camping trip and participate in the Summer Night Sky Viewing Program at the Cedar Pass Campground Amphitheater any Friday through Monday night this summer.
Porter Sculpture Park
Open from Memorial Day to Labor Day, Porter Sculpture Park is located right off I-90 about 30 minutes west of Sioux Falls. Walk through the 50+ larger-than-life sculptures designed by SD Renaissance man Wayne Porter.
Homestead Rock of Laura Ingalls Wilder
Although it’s a bit out of the way, this stop is perfect for any true Little House fan. Walk through the recreated homestead and even try driving a covered wagon or make your own corn cob doll, just like Laura.
Waubay National Wildlife Refuge
With over 4,650 acres of lakes, grasslands, and woodlands to its name, Waubay’s National Wildlife Refuge is the stop for any nature lover. Hike the trails and experience the largest duck production site in the continental United States.
Brookings may be home to the SDSU Jackrabbits, but the town’s McCrory Gardens are an ideal place to take a break from the car. With over 25 acres of the area’s finest flowers, the gardens are a summer must-see.
If there’s no time for a walk, stop at a rest area for some light stretching. Those truly strapped for time can stretch right in the car. Find ideas at 605magazine.com.