We decided to take a quick road trip this past weekend to South Dakota. Our main objective was to see Mount Rushmore, but we also wanted to check out a couple of cities along the way. We didn’t even think about the fact that it was Memorial Day weekend when we booked the trip. In fact, I only noticed when I checked my calendar for a client meeting. It turns out that we chose a great weekend to travel, see a national monument and relax a bit. We also made it back before the heavy Monday traffic began…a plus in my book!
Our first stop was in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Sioux Falls is the largest city in the state. We checked into our hotel and relaxed for a bit before making a plan to head downtown and check out the commercial area and Falls Park. After driving all morning, we decided to park and walk around for a while. I’d read that there are sculptures by local artists throughout the downtown area that are displayed year round. It was interesting to see each of them and read about the artist and their idea behind their work. We also popped into a couple of shops. I found some fun wall hangers shaped like vintage water faucet knobs. I hope to make a towel rack out of them and will share that when I do!
I’d also read that you can walk from the commercial district to Falls Park by following the sculpture walk. This sounded great, since we’d been sitting most of the day so far. Well….it’s not as close as they make it sound. It was not incredibly far, but it was hot and sunny, and when you explore a new place, you never know how far you have to go. We finally made our way into the park and saw the triple waterfall, a few more sculptures, took in the view from the viewing tower and stopped for an ice cream at the café.
The historic district is an area that I’d suggest checking out as well, if you ever make your way to Sioux Falls. The cathedral is breathtaking and it’s located in a historic neighborhood, which actually reminded me of some areas of Kansas City.
After our trip downtown and to check out the historic district, we located a Japanese restaurant for some sushi and hibachi. What a great end to a day of travel and exploring. Then, it was back to the hotel to rest and unwind before our next leg of the trip. Stay tuned for Part II.
Have you ever been Sioux Falls, SD? Are there sculptures or artwork displayed in an area of your city that you enjoy visiting?