Yes, we are fans of dirt roads and dead-ends, but streamlined U.S. Interstate 29 is a “must do” day trip even though it cuts north-to-south without actually nearing any of the lakes (maybe the highway engineers did that on purpose?) You will find casinos, wineries, children’s activities and more history along the way.
Begin in Flandreau and let the kids enjoy the aquatic center, play a round of golf and walk the Oxbow Wetlands Nature Trails. Camp by the Big Sioux River or stay and play at the Royal River Casino & Hotel operated by the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe. The next day head north and exit at Brookings where, just a few blocks from I-29, you’ll find the paradise of McCrory Gardens and the South Dakota Ag Heritage Museum on the SDSU campus. Another “must see” is the South Dakota Art Museum as they celebrate 50 years featuring the work of Harvey Dunn and the Children’s Museum of South Dakota.
At Watertown, the Redlin Art Center’s majestic building can be seen from the interstate and houses the world’s largest collection of Terry Redlin originals. Visit the Mellette House, the Codington County Heritage Museum, Bramble Park Zoo and the Goss Opera House for a truly memorable experience. Dakota Sioux Casino and Hotel is operated by the Sisseton-Wahpeton Sioux Tribe is just north of Watertown on your way to Sisseton. Your stop in Sisseton should include the Nicollet Tower & Interpretive Center, and the Stavig House Museum before continuing on to Rosholt, located in the upper most northeastern point of the state. Relax and enjoy South Dakota made wine at With the Wind Vineyard & Winery.