Road tripping is the quintessential summer vacation. But sometimes, those endless miles on the road just beg for a break.
So if your travel plans include South Dakota and Mount Rushmore, then take a break at these three fun and funky one-of-a-kind roadstops. They are perfect for stretching the limbs, taking Fido for a walk, or simply letting the kids burn off some energy.
Read more about our travels to fun-filled South Dakota in these blogs:
- 5 Amazing Experiences That Make Hot Springs South Dakota A “Must Visit”
- 7 Tips to Maximize Your Day at Mount Rushmore National Memorial
- 9 Favorite Things to Do in Custer State Park
- Bear Country USA Wildlife Park – Another Fun South Dakota Adventure
- Your South Dakota Road Trip Round Up
Wall Drug – Wall, South Dakota
You’ve probably seen the bumper stickers on passing cars – Where the Heck is Wall Drug? But have you ever wondered just what is Wall Drug? Have you searched a map for Wall, South Dakota? Maybe asked yourself why would anyone ever want to go to Wall Drug? Oh, oh, I know the answer!
The answer is: Where else but at Wall Drug will you be able to “ride” a jackelope? Let your kids grab a bull by it’s horns? Feel the breath of a giant T-Rex on your neck? Or sit atop a bucking bronco? All without spending a single penny?
You can do all that, and more, in just one afternoon at Wall Drug. For free. Yep. There’s no admission fee to sit upon a jackelope. With all these cool animatronics, kids and adults alike are sure to have fun. And it’s only an hour east of Mount Rushmore so no excuses! You can’t get this close to the real Mount Rushmore, can you!
Wall Drug began as a small town pharmacy that provided weary travelers with free ice water. It’s a tradition that still stands strong today. With over two million people taking a road side pit stop at Wall Drug, that’s a lot of ice water!
Don’t miss the opportunity to experience a slice of good old fashioned Americana. Oh, and get your very own Wall Drug bumper sticker!
Wall Drug is just off Interstate 90, at either Exit 109 or 110. It’s open year round so any time is a great time to visit Wall Drug.
Mitchell Corn Palace – Mitchell, South Dakota
Why would you want to stop at the Mitchell Corn Palace? Where else will you see murals crafted out of corn? Yes, corn! Every year, last year’s murals are replaced with new murals constructed from over 275,000 colorful ears of corn, other grains and grass. And you can visit this little slice of Americana for the one low, awesome price of … free! Yep, it’s free to park, and free to enter.
So park that car and wander on up to the Mitchell Corn Palace. Stand across the street for a curbside view of these impressive murals. Then meander on inside and examine murals from previous years. You can’t help but be impressed!
The Corn Palace is truly an American icon, a tribute to the country’s agricultural roots. It was established in 1892 to celebrate the harvest of king corn, and each year a new mural theme is chosen. Then twelve specially selected murals are hand crafted to represent that theme. This year’s Corn Palace theme is “Remember When?”
The Corn Palace is also a great place to pick up a Corn Palace t-shirt, some great-tasting popcorn, or a jar of corn-cob jelly. Maybe even a coon skin hat for the kids.
Take a break from that long drive and stop at the Mitchell Corn Palace. I mean, really, where else will you find so much corn art, and the opportunity to buy corn-cob jelly?
The Mitchell Corn Palace is located just off Interstate 90 via Exit 330 or 332. The best time to visit is from Memorial Day to Labor Day, after this year’s murals are completed.
The Flintstones Bedrock City Theme Park
Need a break from all those modern trappings of life? Then take a step back in time. Way way back in time! Back to the days of Fred, Wilma, Barney and Betty. You know, everyone’s favorite Stone Age families, The Flintstones and the Rubbles.
Connect with your inner stone-age self as you wander the streets of Bedrock City. Imagine life “back in the day” when touring Fred and Wilma’s house. Have the camera ready for one-of-a-kind photo opps with prehistoric family pets.
Take a spin in the Flintmobile, Fred’s favorite car. Ride the Bedrock City train around town, right past Mount Rockmore. Imagine driving a stone age rendition of the motorcycle. Slow it down with Barney and his pet turtle!
Need a little more Stone Age action than just a short road-side stop? Spend a night at the Bedrock City Camping Resort. Who knows? Maybe Betty and Wilma will stop by your campfire, BamBam and Pebbles in tow!
The Flintstones Bedrock City has a $10 entrance fee. Not bad for all this Stone Age fun!
The Flintstones Bedrock City Theme Park and Camping Resort is located in the Black Hills on Highway 16, Mt. Rushmore Road, just outside Custer SD. Y’all come back now!
Do You Seek Out Fun and Funky Roadside Stops?
Road side breaks are a must for this traveling family. So why not make those breaks interesting and fun? And what better way than a stop at the fun and funky, the odd and unusual, the kitschy and unique roadside adventure. You’re bound to have loads of fun on the road, and even more fun memories afterwards!
Do you enjoy stopping at fun and funky roadside stops? What’s your favorite one? Let us know in the Comments section below.
Images from C. Biederman, Wall Drug (bumper sticker) and Mitchell Corn Palace (Corn Palace sign).