A Day in the Heart of America

This sample itinerary is best spring through fall, but can be customized for any time of year.

9:30 – 10:30 am

Begin your day in Sioux Falls with a tour of the Pettigrew Home & Museum.

The Pettigrew Home & Museum is the home of South Dakota’s first senator, R.F. Pettigrew. One of R.F. Pettigrew’s passions was his collecting. He was a world traveler and amateur archaeologist. His holdings led him to build his own museum on the rear of his home that opened to the public in 1925. See artifacts such as stone tools, projectile points, Native American clothing, guns and items related to the settlement of Sioux Falls. Group reservations are preferred.

10:30 – 11:30 am

Just a few blocks away, your group can continue the tour at the Old Courthouse Museum. These two museums make up the “Siouxland Heritage Museums.”

Restored in 1893, this quartzite building features three floors of permanent and rotating exhibits. Interior features include slate stairs, granite pillars, stained glass windows, and tiled fireplaces. Perhaps one of the most striking features of the building are the 16 large murals on the walls of the hallways painted between 1915 and 1917, depicting early life in the Dakotas.

11:30 – 1:30 pm

Tour the city’s namesake: The Falls of the Big Sioux River at Falls Park. Known to the Lakota Sioux as “Laughing Waters,” the Big Sioux River winds throughout the city, culminating in the center of Sioux Falls. Enjoy the views of the beautiful triple waterfall from three different lookout platforms. Be sure to stop in the Visitor Information Center, which has a 5-story observation tower and gift shop. Then drop in to the Overlook Cafe to enjoy delicious food and relax outside on the deck overlooking the Falls.

1:30 – 3:30 pm

After lunch, spend time at Prairie Star Gallery in Downtown Sioux Falls. Features include an extensive collection of Plains Indian art and handcrafted reproductions. Learn about Indian customs, culture, and traditions from a knowledgeable staff while melodic flutes and softly beating drums play in the background. The downtown also features Sculpturewalk, an exciting exhibit of sculptures from around the world.

3:30 pm

Complete your day in a quaint farm setting, tucked away near a 100-year-old barn, shelter belt, grape vines and animals to greet you, or remind you of a simpler time. Enjoy wine tasting in a country setting at Strawbale Winery. The winery also customizes onsite meal outings upon request.

 

For more information or to customize this sample itinerary for your group, please contact your tour operator or the Sioux Falls CVB at 800-333-2072 or visit www.visitsiouxfalls.com.

 

 

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