Attractions Near Badlands National Park

Attractions Near Badlands National Park
The Badlands of South Dakota conjure up images of gold miners, poker halls and barrooms, dusty and craggy rock, and Wild Bill Hickok. The Badlands are a national park that you should take the time to explore. When you are done in the park, the region surrounding the park holds many attractions and unique activities.

Wall Drug Store

As you drive toward the Badlands, you will see a series of old-fashioned "Burma Shave" style billboards announcing the famed Wall Drug Store in Wall, South Dakota. Wall Drug is Americana at its finest, with kitsch, tourist knickknacks and a staff of characters. Wall Drug proudly proclaims free water for all visitors. And you can buy everything from hamburgers and fries, to a chance to pan for gold. Plan to spend several hours exploring this iconic store.

Wall Drug Store
510 Main Street
Wall, SD 57790-0401
605-279-2175
walldrug.com

Wounded Knee: The Museum

A visit to the Wounded Knee Museum tells the story of the Lakota Sioux families of the area that became the focus of the last major military action against Native Americans. Learn about the battle at Wounded Knee and Lakota Sioux history. There are guided tours, as well as a gift shop and displays for kids. The battle sights featured at the museum are within a 45-minute drive from the museum on the Badlands Loop.

Wounded Knee: The Museum
217 10th Avenue
Wall, SD 57790
605-279-2573
woundedkneemuseum.org

Crazy Horse Memorial

There are interactive displays, a museum and of course, the stone carved monolith dedicated to Crazy Horse at the Crazy Horse Memorial, outside the Badlands National Park. The memorial and stone carving are still a work in progress and the monument/memorial offers displays of the progress. Enjoy tours with staff orating the history of the land, memorial and Crazy Horse, a hero of the Lakota Sioux.

Crazy Horse Memorial
12151 Avenue of the Chiefs
Crazy Horse, SD 57730-8900
605-673-4681
crazyhorsememorial.org

Article Written By Eric Cedric

A former Alaskan of 20 years, Eric Cedric now resides in California. He's published in "Outside" and "Backpacker" and has written a book on life in small-town Alaska, "North by Southeast." Cedric was a professional mountain guide and backcountry expedition leader for 18 years. He worked in Russia, Iceland, Greece, Turkey and Belize. Cedric attended Syracuse University and is a private pilot.