Sioux Falls is a city of 148,000 located in Southeast South Dakota. Founded in 1883 in what was then known as the Dakota Territory, Sioux Falls has grown from a sleepy Midwestern town into a mecca for shopping and tourism in the northern Great Plains. It is widely recognized as the largest urban center between Minneapolis and Denver.
Sioux Falls may be traveled by car but does have courier and taxi service and trolley service downtown in the summer. The Sioux Falls Airport (FSD), 2801 N. Jaycee Lane, is the major airport in the area. The Sioux Falls Bus Terminal (SXF), 1500 W Russell St, serves virtually the entire continental North America.
Sioux Falls is located at the intersection of two major interstates, I-90 and I-29. Another interstate, I-229, travels from the southwestern part of the city to the northeastern part. This forms a loop around the city.
From Chicago, Travel west on I-90 to Sioux Falls. Approximate travel time is eight hours.
From Denver, Travel east on I-76 into Nebraska until the I-80 interchange. Merge east onto I-80. Stay east on I-80 until you reach Omaha. From there, go north on I-29 to Sioux Falls. Approximate travel time is nine hours.
From Kansas City, Travel north on I-29 to Sioux Falls. Approximate travel time is five hours.
From Minneapolis, Travel south on I-35, and then west on I-90 to Sioux Falls. Approximate travel time is four hours. An alternative route would be US Highway 169 southwest of out the western suburbs of Minneapolis. Travel south on Minnesota State Highway 60, just west of Mankato. Travel southwest to Worthington, and travel west on I-90 to Sioux Falls.
Once in Sioux Falls, the interstate exits are:
Exit 75/I-29: Intersection with I-229, which runs from the southwest to northeast corner of the city
Exit 77/I-29: 41st Street, a key area for shopping, restaurants, and hotels
Exit 78/I-29: 26th Street, another link to the shopping area around the Empire Mall
Exit 79/I-29: 12th Street, another major east-west street that leads to the downtown area
Exit 80/I-29: Madison Street, the exit to reach the Sioux Empire Fairgrounds
Exit 81/I-29: Russell Street/Maple Street, the Arena/Convention Center/Falls Park exit with numerous hotels
Exit 82/I-29: Benson Road, exit to new housing development on the northwest side
Exit 83/I-29: 60th Street North, the airport exit
Exit 84/I-29: Intersection with I-90
Exit 395/I-90: Marion Road
Exit 396/I-90: Intersection with I-29
Exit 399/I-90: Cliff Avenue, exit to the airport, as well as Falls Park
Jefferson Lines  provides bus service into Sioux Falls from a number of U.S. and Canadian cities, including Dallas, Tulsa, Kansas City, Minneapolis, Chicago, Billings and Winnipeg. Connections with Greyhound and numerous other bus companies mean Sioux Falls is accessible from anywhere within the continental USA, Canada and Mexico. Fares range from $50-$200 round-trip, depending on your point of origination. All buses arrive and depart from the Sioux Falls Bus Depot.
The terminal has been described as one of the nicest in the country - it is clean, comfortable with a tv lounge, internet cafe, souvenir gift store and snack bar.
Sioux Falls Bus Depot, 1500 W. Russell Street, +1-605-336-0885. Located within walking distance (less than a half-mile) to the Sioux Falls Arena & Convention Center and the surrounding hotels.
Onward car transportation from the bus station to all parts of SD, IA, and MN from Sioux Falls by Cross Courier & Dispatch +1-800-940-8185
The airport itself is small, but clean and efficient with most of the services one would expect at a typical North American facility. Avis, Enterprise, Hertz and National all have rental counters in the terminal building.
Cross Courier & Dispatch (+1-800-940-8185) is the most recommended taxi service from the airport.
While there is some public transportation in Sioux Falls and taxis are generally available, the easiest way to get around the city is by car. Roads are generally well-maintained (with the occasional summer road construction) and traffic is quite light by typical North American standards, especially considering the exponential growth of the city.
As mentioned above, Sioux Falls is located at the intersection of I-29 and I-90. Another interstate, I-229, runs from the southwest to northeast corner of the city, meaning that the vast majority of Sioux Falls is accessible via an interstate.
Most of the major attractions, shopping areas, and dining establishments are located near two major east-west roads - 12th Street and 41st Street. Minnesota Avenue also has a large selection of restaurants and shopping places.
Sioux Falls Transit operates a trolley that operates Monday through Saturday from 10AM-8PM during the summer, and on Saturdays through the fall. The trolley operates through downtown Sioux Falls from Falls Park to the Washington Pavillion.
The natural wonder that gave Sioux Falls its name, Falls Park offers multiple viewing areas and a brand-new, five-story observation tower. From there, one can view not only the impressive waterfalls but some of the city's earliest and most historic buildings.
Falls Park, 309 E. Falls Park Drive, +1-605-367-7430
Center for Western Studies, 2001 S. Summit Avenue, +1-605-274-4007, . M-F 8AM-5PM, Sa 10AM-2PM. More than 200 collections dedicated to preserving and interpreting the history and cultures of the Northern Plains. Free admission, but freewill donations are appreciated.
Delbridge Museum of Natural History, 805 S. Kiwanis Avenue, +1-605-367-7059.  Open seven days a week, hours vary. Offers visitors a look at more than 145 mounted specimens of mounted wildlife. Admission is free with a paid admission to the Great Plains Zoo.
Northern Plains Gallery, 817 N. Elmwood Avenue, +1-605-334-4060. Displays original art by American Indians from the northern plains.
Old Courthouse Museum, 200 W. 6th Street, +1-605-367-4210, . Open daily. A National Historic Landmark that hosts lectures, workshops, children's programs and more. Admission is free.
Visual Arts Center at the Washington Pavilion, 11th Street and Main Avenue, +1-605-367-6000.  Open Tu-Th, Sa 10AM-5PM, F 10AM-8PM, Su 12PM-5PM. Features multiple exhibits for both adults and children. Most exhibits are free.
Great Plains Zoo, 805 S. Kiwanis Avenue, +1-605-367-7059, . Open seven days a week, hours vary by season. More than 500 animals, from penguins to tigers to baby rhinos, inhabit the grounds. Admission is $7 for adults, $4 for children ages 3 to 12.
Kirby Science Discovery Center, 11th Street and Main Avenue, +1-605-367-6000. Tu-Th, Sa 10AM-5PM, F 10AM-8PM, Su 12PM-5PM. Home to more than 80 hands-on science experiences and the giant-screen Cinedome (IMAX) theater. Admission is $6.75 for adults, $4.60 for children.
Sertoma Butterfly House, 4320 S. Oxbow Avenue, +1-605-334-9466, . Open seven days a week, hours vary by season but generally run from 10AM-4PM. View the natural habitat of more than 800 free flying butterflies and other tropical animals. Admission for adults is $6, children under 18 $4.
USS South Dakota Battleship Memorial, 12th Street and Kiwanis Avenue, +1-605-367-7141. Open Memorial Day to Labor Day, 9AM-5PM seven days a week. Memorial built to honor the most decorated battleship of World War II. Admission is free.
Strawbale Winery, 47215 257th St. Renner, SD. +1-605-543-5071, (http://www.strawbalewinery.com) Open for wine tastings Th-Fri. 12-6PM Sat. 11-5PM October-April; W-F 12-6PM Sat. 11-5PM Sun. 12-4PM May-September.
South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, ☎ 605-335-7933, . The SDSO is an award winning orchestra who's season spans from Sept to May. They perform in the Great Hall of the Washington Pavilion which is known nationwide for its excellent acoustics. edit
Sertoma Park, 49th & Oxbow. Sertoma Park is a wide open area with a large amount of outdoor activities for all. There is a main part of children containing five incredibly large jungle gyms. There is a large complex right in the middle of the playground areas containing picnic tables, a perfect place for a family with many children to stop and have a snack or even lunch. There are many outdoor trails going throughout and around the park. They are great for bird-watching. The main trail goes by the Big Sioux River, a large grassy field, several ponds and some woods, and ideal trail for outdoor enthusiasts. The Seratoma Park is also home to a large butterfly house that contains both exotic and local butterflies.edit
Sioux Falls has a surprising range of golf options for a mid-sized city, with courses of varying degrees of difficulty and comparably low greens fees. It is important to call early for tee times, especially in the spring and early summer.
Bakker Crossing Golf Course 47172 Clubhouse Road, +1-605-368-9700.  18-hole, 6,900-yard championship caliber course located on the outskirts of Sioux Falls. Greens fee for 18 holes range from $19-$27.
Elmwood Golf Course 2604 W. Russell Street, +1-605-367-7092, . Public course operated by Sioux Falls Parks Department. Greens fees for 18 holes range from $18-$21.
Kuehn Park Golf Course 2901 S. Kuehn Park Road, +1-605-362-2811, . 9-hole course perfect for players of all skill levels. Generally the least crowded course in town. Greens fees for 9 holes range from $9-$10.
Northern Links 7701 N. Cliff Avenue, +1-605-334-6679.
Prairie Green Golf Course 600 E. 69th Street, +1-605-367-6076, . By the far the best public course in town, but the course with the longest waiting list for tee times. Adjacent to an excellent pub and restaurant. Greens fees for 18 holes range from $24-28.
Willow Run Golf Course 8000 E. Arrowhead Parkway, +1-605-335-5900, . 18-hole, 6,500-yard championship course on the east side of Sioux Falls. Privately owned, but open to the public. Green fees $25.50-$29.50 for 18 holes.
There are two other golf courses in town, associated with the Minnehaha Country Club and Westward Ho Country Club, but they are rarely open to non-members.
Catfish Bay N. Cliff Avenue & N. 64th Street (I-90 @ Exit 399), +1-605-339-0911, . Open Memorial Day through Labor Day, weather permitting. Water skiing and stage shows. Show tickets are $9 for adults, $7 for kids 6-12.
Great Bear Recreation Park 5901 E. Rice Street, 3 mi. east, +1-605-367-4309, . Skiing, snowboarding and tubing is available on over a dozen trails. Lift tickets range from $15-$20, equipment rentals are generally less than $25.
Wild Water West Waterpark 26767 466th Avenue (South of Highway 11 & W. 41st Street), +1-605-361-9313, . Generally open Memorial Day through Labor Day, weather permitting. South Dakota's largest waterpark with plenty of activities for kids and adults. Admission ranges from $18-24.
Cloud 9 Balloons, 605-371-1740. Offers early morning and evening hot-air balloon rides over Sioux Falls and the surrounding areas. Subject to weather and balloon availability.
Country Apple Orchard, 2 1/2 miles south of W. 85th Street on Minnesota Avenue, +1-605-743-2424. Hours are seasonal, call ahead. Pick your own apples, take your kids on a pony ride and try some homemade apple pie.
Outdoor Campus, 4500 S. Oxbow Avenue, +1-605-362-2777. 
Sioux Falls Ice & Recreation Center, 1600 W. 51st Street, +1-605-338-5765.
Valley West Shooting Complex, 1/4 mile south of W. 41st Street on Highway 17, +1-605-361-9313.  Open year round and seven days a week, hours vary by season. Best trap, skeet, sporting clay shooting in town. Prices vary by target, gun rentals available.
Downtown Farmer's Market, Falls Park. Open every Saturday morning from May-October. Dozens of vendors offering a variety of fresh fruit, vegetables, meats, etc.
Empire Mall and Empire East, I-29 & 41st Street, +1-605-361-3300, . Open seven days a week, store hours may vary. Touted as the largest shopping complex between Minneapolis and Denver with over 180 stores, including major department stores like JCPenney, Sears and Macy's. Single-level layout makes walking its entirety a challenge.
Falls Park Visitor Information Center & Gift Shop, 309 E. Falls Park Drive, +1-605-367-7430. If you need mementos of your time in Sioux Falls, this is the place to go. Another information center and gift shop is in the Empire Mall next to the food court.
Prairie Star Gallery, 207 S. Phillips Avenue, +1-605-338-9300, . Closed Tuesdays, otherwise open 10AM-6PM. The best place in town for quality American Indian art.
Ten Thousand Villages, 218 South Phillips Ave, ☎ 1-605-335-6209. M-W & F-Sa. 10-5:30, Thurs 10-8. Fair trade items from around the world. Interesting and colorful jewelry, accessories, stationery, decor, and more. Even more beautiful items during the holiday season.edit
Due to the recent influx of immigrants settling in Sioux Falls, a large number of ethnic restaurants have sprung up throughout the city, offering ethnic Balkan, Italian, Ethiopian and eastern Asian cuisine. You can also find all of the usual chain restaurant suspects (everything from Outback Steakhouse to Olive Garden) the number of remarkable independent restaurants is small. However, there are a few eateries in the budget (less than $10), mid-range (less than $20) and splurge (more than $20) categories to get you by.
Parkers, 210 south Main (One block north of the Washington pavilion), ☎ 605-275-7676, . Upscale bistro. Varied menu serving lunch and dinner. The best bread in town and great coffee are two bonuses. edit
Old Chicago - Pizza and Pasta, 4301 W. 41st, ☎ 1-605-362-8887. 11AM-2AM. Located right next to the Empire Mall. Family dining with a fun sports environment. A variety of food, home-made pizza, pasta, burgers, and tons of great appetizers. Join the World Beer Tour and travel the world of beer in just one place, there is 110 to choose from. There is Plasma TV's all around for the sports fan as well as darts, pool, and shuffleboard. Friendly employees who are knowledgeable in all their beers as well as with the menu and will guide you to making the right decision. $15-$30. edit
Hemmer Brothers Burgers and Fries, 230 South Phillips Avenue, ☎ (605) 334-3301. Hemmer Brothers Burgers and Fries was named by the Travel Channel as having the best burgers in South Dakota. Their meat is a freshly ground blend of sirloin and chuck and their fries are made from fresh cut, real potatoes. The thin burger patties are hand pressed, topped with a range of cheeses and served on a big, flavorful bun. A range of toppings awaits you at the topping bar, including condiments and veggies. If you want bacon, their Squealer burger features bacon ground right into the patties.edit
Leonardo's Cafe 301 S. Main Avenue, +1-605-731-2384, . Open for lunch M-Sa. Located on the first floor of the Washington Pavilion, Leonardo's is famous for its outstanding sandwiches, made-to-order pizzas and Nathan's hot dogs. Downtown location means the place can get quite busy.
Phillips Avenue Diner 121 S. Phillips Avenue, +1-605-335-4977. Formerly the Market Street Diner, this place is an ideal breakfast stop if you're tired of Perkins, IHOP or Denny's. Their malts are top-notch.
Hy-vee Casual Dining 3020 E. 10th Street, 1-605-336-8947. Hy-vee is a well-known grocery store in the tri-state area however, in each store there is a dining area. The Hy-vee on E. 10th st has a wide- variety of breakfast, lunch, dinner, or dessert options, including Chinese and Italian. Daily specials.
Nick's Gyros 1512 West 41st Street, +1-605-335-1588. Huge portions, flavorful gyros, fast service, and interesting Greek decor.
Johnny Carino's 2310 S Louise Ave, Sioux Falls, SD 57106, (605) 361-7222. Open for lunch and dinner. It's been voted the past 6 years as the best Italian in Sioux Falls. The menu is a mix of modern Italian dishes and old standards. They have a full bar and extensive wine selection. Once a year they have a wine tasting event were they close the restaurant to all but people who buy tickets for a meal plus the tasting. Mains cost around $10-15. On weekends come early or be prepared for a thirty to an hour wait to be seated. The waitresses are very knowledgeable and helpful.
Sushi Masa 423 S. Phillips Avenue, +1-605-977-6968. Open for lunch and dinner. Small, but the best sushi in town.
T.C.'s Referee Sports Bar & Grill 5322 W. 26th Street, +1-605-361-2208. Open seven days a week for lunch and dinner. Has all the trappings of a sports bar, but with a selection of 100 beers and a full menu with everything from prime rib to Buffalo wings.
Tea Steak House I-29 @ Exit 73, west to Tea, +1-605-368-9667. Open for lunch and dinner. Located on Main Street in Tea (less than ten minutes south of Sioux Falls), this place is considered one of the best steak houses in the area.
Minerva's 301 S. Phillips Avenue, +1-605-334-0386, . Open for lunch and dinner M-Sa. Simply the best atmosphere and best food in town. Steaks dominate the menu, but the half-roast duckling and pork filet mignon are outstanding.
Spezia 1716 S. Western Avenue, +1-605-334-7491, . Open for lunch and dinner, as well as a Sunday Brunch from 9:30AM-1:30PM. Traditional Italian fare, but the real draw are the near-perfect pizzas cooked in a woodburning oven. The Sunday Brunch is a must.
Sioux Falls does sport a variety of nightclub options:
Borrowed Bucks Roadhouse 3609 S. Western Avenue, +1-605-331-2448, . Open most nights until 2AM. While the bar sports a "roadhouse" theme the crowd is pretty eclectic and you're just as likely to hear top-40 music as country. There's generally no cover except when the bar plays host to occasional live entertainment.
Crow Bar 2805 S Minnesota Avenue, +1-605-332-2981. Across the street from Poppadox Pub, this bar has the reputation for being a biker hangout in the past.
Nutty's 3400 W. 49th Street, +1-605-362-0947, . Features live music, a full menu and the only daiquiri bar in Sioux Falls. A second location has opened up on N. West Avenue near the Convention Center.
Poppadox Casino & Pub 2808 S. Minnesota Avenue, +1-605-336-8000.
Skelly's Pub & Grill 130 S. Phillips Avenue, +1-605-334-8100. Downtown bar is a Sioux Falls institution.
Accommodations in Sioux Falls are plentiful. Budget accommodations will generally run less than $60 per night, while a mid-range hotel shouldn't cost more than $100. Since most hotels cater to business travelers, weekend deals are frequent and it doesn't hurt to call the hotel directly to try to get the best rate.
Quality Inn & Suites, 5410 N. Granite Lane, ☎ 605-336-1900, . checkin: 3PM; checkout: 12PM. New hotel near I-29 & I-90. 3 miles from Sioux Falls Regional Airport. $79.99-1$49.99. edit
Courtyard, 4300 W. Empire Place, +1-605-361-2211. Built in 2008, located in the Empire Mall shopping area.
Clubhouse Hotel & Suites, 2320 S. Louise Avenue, +1-605-361-8700. Newer hotel, conveniently located off of I-29 and a short drive from the shops and restaurants of 41st Street.
Hampton Inn, 2417 S. Carolyn Avenue, +1-605-362-1700. Located in the Empire Mall shopping area.
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Empire Mall, 2501 S. Shirley Ave, 1-605-361-0122. Conveniently located close to the Empire mall and restaurants.
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Sioux Falls Southwest, 3821 W. Avera Dr., 1-605-275-4155. NEW hotel located close to shopping and restaurants.
Holiday Inn City Centre, 100 W. 8th Street, +1-605-339-2200. Located in the city center and within walking distance of several major downtown attractions.
Residence Inn, 4509 W. Empire Place, +1-605-361-2202. Built in 2008, located in the Empire Mall shopping area.
Sheraton Sioux Falls & Convention Center, 1211 West Avenue North, ☎ 1-605-331-0100, . Sheraton Sioux Falls is connected to the Sioux Falls Convention Center via an enclosed walkway offering a total combined 147,000 square feet of meeting space. The hotel features an indoor heated pool, the Link @ Sheraton, rooms with flat-panel televisions and on-property dining.edit
TownePlace Suites, 4545 W. Homefield Drive, +1-605-361-2626. Newer hotel, located just off I-29 & 26th Street with easy access to shopping and restaurants.
Sioux Falls is an ideal launching pad for several day trips.
The two major state universities in South Dakota, South Dakota State University  in Brookings and the University of South Dakota  in Vermillion are each within an hour's drive on I-29.
Just a few miles west of Sioux Falls on I-90, Buffalo Ridge offers a cowboy ghost town experience.
If you're interested in a night of gambling, Grand Falls Hotel & Casino  is less then 15 minutes east of Sioux Falls and Royal River Hotel & Casino  is less than one hour north of Sioux Falls in Flandreau.
The town of Mitchell is approximately one hour west of Sioux Falls on I-90, and is home to several attractions including the world-famous Corn Palace.
The Black Hills are approximately a four to five hour drive west of Sioux Falls, which makes the city a convenient stopping point either going to or coming from that tourist destination.
Palisades State Park is located northeast of Sioux Falls (Exit 410 off I-90). Buy a day pass into the park and explore the beautiful pink cliffs and rocks. You can even rock climb there if you have your own equipment.
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