Monday, June 13, 2011

The Big Trip: Part 2 (tourist traps)

Today we spent our day driving across South Dakota. It is a sparsely populated state which needs to erect ridiculous attractions to get motorists passing through to stop. Luckily for them, we are such motorists.
I hear no trip to South Dakota is complete without a trip to the World's Only Corn Palace. Sora chased around the poor girl dressed as a corn for a while and we marveled that someone would waste $130,000 annually to cover a building in corn. Yes tat is correct almost all of the front of the building in the picture above is corn of one type or another. Crazy!

South Dakota definitely caters to the motorist. Here is an elaborate rest stop on I-90.

We drove through the Badlands National Park. Sora slept most of the way, but it was beautiful and the first interesting landscape we've seen so far on the trip.

 Our final destination for the day was Wall, SD. World famous for Wall Drug - the world's largest tourist trap.

 Yes - that was all pictures from Wall Drug. Apparently in the 30's some guy had a great idea to offer free ice water to tourists and this is what came of it 80 years later.

We had planned on camping near Wall in the national grasslands, but with high chance of thunderstorms for a second night in a row, we treated ourselves to a hotel room. This freed up our evening to go swimming at the Wall city pool and play in the playground.

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