In a recent survey, you let us know that road trips would be your preferred mode of exploration this summer, and we want to provide you with the inspiration and information necessary to get the ball rolling on your next one. Over the last few weeks, we have compiled our favorite road trips through Arizona, New Mexico, and most recently, the South. This week, we turn north to the Great Plains as we reveal our favorite paths through the Dakotas. Natural beauty abounds across both North and South Dakota, from the flowing waters of Sioux Falls in the east to the rugged badlands of the west. Prepare your ride, find a co-pilot, and set out to explore the best the Great Plains has to offer.
Classic South Dakota Road Trip: Sioux Falls To Deadwood
From the rolling hills of the east to the badlands and the Black Hills in the west, you will have the opportunity to enjoy the many diverse landscapes that make up South Dakota. As you traverse the state, enjoy Tim Trudell’s must-see unique attractions along Interstate 90, or follow Sara Broers’s suggestions for her favorite stops on a road trip between Sioux Falls and Deadwood. Even better, make time for both!
A Dakotas National Parks Road Trip: Badlands To Theodore Roosevelt
While Mount Rushmore National Monument is well known, did you know that the Dakotas offer three stunning and diverse national parks as well? If you are making the trip to view the chiseled chiefs of state in all their granite glory, you will certainly want to make time for the other great parks and monuments in the region. From Badlands to Theodore Roosevelt National Parks, Sara Broers has got you covered on all that you need to experience on a national parks road trip through the Dakotas.
Laura Ingalls Wilder Trail: De Smet, SD To Pepin, WI
The Great Plains have been guaranteed a place in history if for no other reason than being the setting of the wildly popular Little House on the Prairie book series. Begin at the Ingalls homestead in De Smet, South Dakota, and trace their journey back to its beginning in the “Big Woods” of Wisconsin as you explore the Laura Ingalls Wilder Trail through three states.
Unique Attractions Along Interstate 29: North Sioux City To Grand Forks
While convenient and efficient, cruising along the interstate can cause you to miss the excitement and intrigue of the towns and lands that you so quickly pass by. For a more exciting and memorable trip, make time for the off-the-beaten-path attractions that you might miss if you are in a hurry. Enjoy Tim Trudell’s picks for the best unique attractions along Interstate 29 through the Dakotas.
Classic North Dakota Road Trip: Fargo To Medora
Movie buffs may recognize the starting point of this classic road trip as the titular locale for the even more classic ’90s film of the same name. Just stay clear of any nearby wood chippers, and you should find yourself cruising I-94 exploring the rest of North Dakota in no time. Sara, one of our resident Dakotas experts, has prepared the perfect itinerary for the classic North Dakota road trip between Fargo and Medora, which can be considered the gateway to Theodore Roosevelt National Park.
The Dakotas are a treasure trove of diverse scenery and history just waiting to be explored and enjoyed. Once you have conquered these two fine states, consider our other great road trip content from around the nation and the world. Our team publishes unique and exciting travel inspiration daily, so make sure to check back in soon!