South Dakota Transportation

  • A day later, as we toured Badlands National Park
    A day later, as we toured Badlands...
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  • Top-level of the Mount Rushmore parking complex
    Top-level of the Mount Rushmore parking...
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  • Lots of parking space in one of the Overlooks
    Lots of parking space in one of the...
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South Dakota Transportation

  • South Dakota is not a mass transit mecca

    South Dakota is not a place that mass transit has really taken hold. With such a sparse population, it's not likely to anytime soon. Getting getting around the vast state is most easily accomplished in your own vehicle. We were driving around the national parks of the western US for six months so a our car was the only logical choice and allowed us...

  • I-90 Driving

    Most of South Dakota is not very exiting to look at. The entire drive from Sioux Falls to the Badlands was very boring and the only places we stopped was the Mitchell Corn Palace and a I-90 rest area that had a nice view of the Missourie River.

  • Tunnel at Custer State Park

    I was surprised we didn't get stuck in that! We had to pull the mirrors in to get through. They aren't kidding when they say "no trucks or RVs" ! This tunnel was on the way from Sylvan Lake to Cathedral Sprires trailhead at Custer State Park in the Black Hills.

  • Airlines: Northwest serves...

    Airlines:Northwest serves Rapid City, Sioux Falls, Pierre, and Aberdeen from Minneapolis. Delta serves Rapid City from Denver and Salt Lake City..Mesaba Airlines (a NWA Airlink commuter carrier) serves Aberdeen, Pierre, and Sioux Falls.There are no international flights and nonstops from major cities other than Minneapolis or Denver are very thin...

  • Car is a must

    To travel in SD you almost must have a car or motorcycle. execept for things in the towns like Sioux Falls or Rapid city or some of the smaller towns you can walk to. A car is necessary to have the most freedom to see the countryside.

  • Be prepared for long stretches

    When driving in South Dakota, especally to the Black Hills, expect not to have many services. Between Chamberlin and Wall, there are small towns about every 20 miles or so, most with some type of gas station and garage. The weather can be very unpredicatble, snow is possible as early as September and as late as June. If traveling in the winter, be...

  • X marks the spot

    When travelling through South Dakota you will see these is a campaign for roadsafety. A X is placed on the spot of a fatal accident. It is the goal of this campaign to make you think about it, and drive safe.

  • The open road

    Here's a view traveling along Interstate 90 across South Dakota. The landscape stretches for miles and miles. Keep your vehicle gased up and also always carry water with you.

  • Go West -(Young man)

    Well, if you wanted to travel to South Dakota more than a hundred years ago, you probably would have to take a horse and wagon as many of the early settlers did. Today, the best way to see South Dakota would be by car. The roads are not crowded here and don't have to worry about traffic, but I would recommend a highly reliable vehicle and maybe...

  • I arrived in Denver (Colorado)...

    I arrived in Denver (Colorado) by plane and then i arrived in SD by car. You really must get a car!

  • Take a drive into the wide...

    Take a drive into the wide open spaces of South Dakota and get off the interstate. The feeling of being isolated and alone is something that can easily be experienced especially in central South Dakota. It's a vision of what the old west was like years ago.

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