In the northern Great Plains, life doesn’t get any livelier than in the South Dakota city of Sioux Falls. Falls Park, from which the city gets its name, cuts a dramatic swath right through the center of town and is a genuine work of natural art. A handful of museums like the Delbridge and attractions such as the Great Plains Zoo ensure a steady stream of tourists make the journey here every summer.
Things to see
Falls Park is one of the coolest city parks in America. The mighty Big Sioux River tumbles just barely in control through a series of large cascades in the middle of town. Climb the five-story observation tower to see how the river makes its way over the Plains.
The heritage of the Great Plains wildlife is nicely displayed at the Delbridge Museum of Natural History. Add the Great Plains Zoo to your agenda and you can get into the museum for free.
The largest shopping complex in the region, Empire Mall, is another star attraction that lures visitors to Sioux Falls. Nearly 200 stores fill this huge venue, which is all on a single level.
Hotels in Sioux Falls
There is an incredible quantity of accommodation in Sioux Falls, most of which caters to business travelers and summer tourists. You won’t have to break the bank to sleep in this city, and even though most of the hotels are chains, they are well-versed in making everyone from families to single professionals feel at home.
Where to stay
Downtown Sioux Falls is the ideal area to stay if you want to experience what a real Midwestern city feels like. There are some lovely hotels here, especially the ones that have taken over historic buildings. Walking to Falls Park is a major bonus as well.
The other hot spot of town is the area around Empire Mall. So many people come to Sioux Falls just to shop here that around a dozen hotels have opened branches within sight of this massive shopping haven.
How to get to Sioux Falls
Sioux Falls Regional Airport is a great way to get stuck into the Great Plains of South Dakota with minimal driving time. You can rent a car right at the airport and be on your way in minutes. The Sioux Falls Bus Terminal is one of the biggest hubs for Jefferson Lines and Greyhound in the Midwest. But most visitors arrive by car via the speedy interstates 90 or 29.