Three Obscure Roadtrip Gems Around Sioux Falls

IMG_3034On a recent visit to Sioux Falls, SD we stumbled upon three little known treasures in and around the city.

One of our day excursions took us to Garretson and Palisades State Park for a glimpse of Split Rock Park and the history that has gripped residents and tourists alike for nearly two centuries. Over a century ago, Jesse James and Native American history took place in this gorgeous geological location that is a must see for any area visitor.

The area is geologically known as the Hills of the Prairie and is of glacial origin. The gorgeous red clay like stone was worked into bowls and pipes by the Native Americans who once inhabited the land. Waterfall hikes and Jesse James Jump Bridge are two intriguing highlights enjoyed by many.

IMG_3062We took a thoroughly humorous and adventurous pontoon tour of Splitrock Park in Garretson. Jesse James Pontoon Rides offered us a lovely nature based and narrated hour long, guided tour of the river as we meandered past Sioux quartzite cliffs, and the cave where Jesse James once hid. Our tour operator was funny and entertaining and all ages will enjoy his fun and light-hearted approach. It doesn’t hurt that he is a local teacher.

One evening we stopped in Spa 2000 in downtown Sioux Falls where the upscale spa ambiance IMG_3285blended nicely with small town hospitality. Massages and various spa treatments are offered and I received the best haircut and service in years.

We decided to check out Rancher’s Outlet and purchased some lovely Cowboy and Country Western purses and outer wear. A great selection at fantastic prices, this was a great find on the outskirts of town. They were so kind and welcoming and were more than happy to shuttle us back to our hotel as well ship our fabulous finds home for us. It was a lovely store with lovely people to boot; no pun intended.