South Dakota Tourist Traps

  • Wall Drug
    Wall Drug
    by meteorologist1
  • Wall Drug
    Wall Drug
    by meteorologist1
  • Wall Drug
    Wall Drug
    by meteorologist1

South Dakota Tourist Traps

  • Cheese in the Dakotas

    Wall, SD is a weird little town located between Rapid City and the Badlands National Park. There are signs all along Interstate 90 to be sure to stop in Wall to see "World Famous" Wall Drug Store. It's basically a huge five & dime-type store with a bunch of knicknacks of very low quality and really cheesey "attractions" like fake dinosaurs, fake...

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  • Keystone

    Almost the entire town of Keystone is a tourist trap, but that doesn't make it any less fun. There are quite a few shops that sell "Black Hills Gold". Speaking of which, there are gold mines where tourists can mine for gold. Don't expect to be able to retire on what you find - still the experience can be interesting if you keep a fairly open mind!

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  • the town itself

    Almost the entire town of Keystone is a tourist trap, but that doesn't make it any less fun. There are quite a few shops that sell "Black Hills Gold". Speaking of which, there are gold mines where tourists can mine for gold. Don't expect to be able to retire on what you find - still the experience can be interesting if you keep a fairly open mind!

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  • WALL DRUG

    Oh Wall Drug with your oh-so-many alluring signs on the side of the road...why oh why are you such a disappointment!? For Miles and Miles around, even in Wyoming, you will see signs pointing you in the direction of Wall Drug. You can't resist, you must go and see what all the fuss is about, but all you will find is a ridiculous, overpriced, over...

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  • Dont be too much pushy!

    Native people dont trust foregin visitors, what is uderstandable after everything they went through. Dont treat them like a "museum item" Dont look for a stereotypes! They are like us. I know how it is to be treated almost like an "alien" Leaving in UK tought me how hard sometimes can be to deal with rasism or simply lack of knowledge. Be honest...

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  • Wall Drug

    Wall Drug will be impossible to avoid as it is signposted on billboards as you drive across the state. This mini-mall has nearly everything you could imagine road-trekking tourists: cheap food, souveniers, photo ops, singing cowboy machines, western attire and yes it's even a drug store too.

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  • Crazy Horse Monument

    It's ironic that the destruction of land held sacred to the Lakota nation bears the face of Crazy Horse. Culturally, it's an abomination to Native Americans that European settlers chose to carve out the Presidents and later Crazy Horse in this once pristine region. Monetarily speaking, the admission to see Crazy Horse is a staggering $20. The...

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  • Wall Drug

    Of course we stopped! We are probably only going to drive through South Dakota once, so we didn't want to miss even this potential tourist trap, plus it was hot and we wanted to get ice cream. The homemade ice cream at Wall Drug was pretty good actually. And who says there are no Jackalopes? :-) I would go look at it, you don't have to buy...

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  • Wall Drug = Waste of Time

    The very definition of a tourist trap, Wall Drug offers you nothing you can't find at Niagara Falls, Wisconsin Dells, or any other crap vendor locale. You'll probably visit it, since once you get out to the distant west of SD, there really isn't any other place to stop, but be aware--it's worth a postcard, and nothing else.

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  • South Dakota's "Original" 1880 Town

    Just outside Murdo, SD this composite of buildings is not a town at all. It is a bunch of old style buildings set up to resemble an old town. The area has no historic significance other than a Lakota Indian ground. 605-344-2259 Check for the Dances With Wolves movie props.

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  • Wall Drug

    This began as a humble little drugstore in rural South Dakota by the Hustead family in 1931. It grew into a stopping point for all passing through this part of South Dakota and especially off to the Badlands. They boast Free Ice Water-the only place to ever offer the beverage for free. The rest is history. There is so much chinsy Wall drug and...

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  • Pick and Choose in the Black Hills

    The Black Hills can be a wonderful getaway, or the capital of kitch and hucksterism. Stay away from the Heart Ranch, even if they promise you a TV for looking around. Keystone is one giant tourist-trap, with nothing but shops and overpriced food. Deadwood used to be impressive, but it's turned into a gambling town with little other merit. If you...

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  • On the way

    Starting on I-90, after Sioux Falls, the signs and the traps begin. Pan for gold, "world famous" burgers, obscure museums, some old Soap Opera was filmed up in 100 miles and on and on. Stay on the road. Don't be tempted to stop over. Keep going until you reach the Hills. I'm going to go out on a limb and say go to Wall Drug. Avoid the Dairy Queen...

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  • I want my money back!

    "How much is the fee?" I asked the booth attendant. From this point I had not even glimpsed the not-yet-completed Crazy Horse monument. "Eight dollars," He said. This was a whole dollar more than Rushmore and the thing wasn't even done yet! "Part of this better be going towards dynamite," I replied acidicly as I handed him my hard earned cash....

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  • At the Mount Rushmore, if you...

    At the Mount Rushmore, if you ask for a small ice cream you receive a very big one which quickly melts by the sun. Look ! I was obliged to eat too quickly and my hands were covered with cream.

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  • While you really should stop...

    While you really should stop and see Wall Drug in Wall, SD, skip the restaurant. The food is overpriced and generally tasteless. There is a 'good selection', but my eldest daughter chose a side order of mashed potatoes, a side order of green beans, and a small drink. The total was well over $5.00 and of course, she was still hungry.

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  • WALL DRUG!!!!!!!!!!!!! It's...

    WALL DRUG!!!!!!!!!!!!! It's useless, it's an Osco, or Lewis drug with high prices souvenirs, about as interesting as going to your local Safeway or Albertsons, or Piggly Wiggly for all ya'll down south!

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  • Wall Drug. OK - I know. We all...

    Wall Drug. OK - I know. We all stop because it's there. And there are those signs all over the world pointing you to Wall Drug. But there are better places to get a glass of cold water.

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