This past weekend, my family and I had a short getaway to South Dakota! For those who have NO idea where South Dakota is, it is in the Midwest region of the USA bordering Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, Wyoming and a little bit of Montana.
We have never been to Mt. Rushmore or the western region of South Dakota in general except when my mom said we used to live there when I was a baby (before the siblings were born). Never knew this my entire life!
Obviously, I wouldn’t remember my time there, so this was the perfect opportunity for all of us to experience our neighboring state, South Dakota!
We left early Friday morning driving through Minnesota and of course, South Dakota. It looks pretty similar to Iowa for the first few hours of the drive–green fields of crops, windmills, and pretty much flat land everywhere. We literally had to drive a straight shot for a looooooooong time (I mean, 412 miles is quite a distance in one direction 😛 ).
Besides the crops and windmills, we did see
quite a few an endless amount of billboards and signs advertising for Wall Drug. I had no clue what Wall Drug was until my brother mentioned that he had a friend who visited Wall Drug. Apparently, it is a drug store with a bunch of shops, cafes, and bikes. It sounded like it was worth going to, so we figured since it was on the way, why not?!
When we arrived at Wall Drug, we were kind of intimidated. Mostly because there was an overwhelming amount of bikers in one spot (see pano below) and made for a bit of a culture shock (we later learned that it was the 75th Annual 2015 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally)!
It was really neat to see how much patriotism there was at Wall Drug with all of the flags, photos, and rich history! The photo on the left was of a “live band” playing some folk music, dancing, and singing. Entertaining as that was, I found myself looking at postcards, old school medicine bottles, different rocks, fool’s gold, and shot glasses. We were thoroughly entertained!
As you can see, it was pretty easy to spend hours at Wall Drug. But with Mt. Rushmore ahead of us, we headed out anticipating this significant structure in America!
We finally arrived at Mt. Rushmore with some daylight left to spare! Fun fact: the memorial is actually FREE! So we just walked in and shamelessly took some family selfies. 🙂 We then walked underneath each state’s flag, towards the carved presidents. We were really there! Mt. Rushmore in the raw! 🙂
I’m so glad we could take part in our American pride and visit Mt. Rushmore! It was so worth the drive. What a great end to our Friday! We couldn’t wait to see what else South Dakota has to offer! 🙂