TMS 2012 Sioux Falls, SD

Family Winter Getaway in Mankato, Minnesota
January 21, 2015
I'm not fond of winter, though I am resigned to it. Growing up in Iowa, moving to Minnesota, then returning to Iowa, it's obvious I've made my choice to deal with the harshest season. But that doesn't mean I have to like it. My kids love it, though. And, being a mom, I don't want to hold them back from experiences, regardless of my preferences.
Mankato Christmas Lights: Making the Holiday Merry & Bright
December 10, 2014
Isn't it funny how the things you tend to really enjoy you just don't do yourself Take Christmas light displays, for example. I will drive miles to see a beautiful display of Christmas lights. But in my own yard... well, we have a couple of lawn decorations. Sad, but true. Though we didn't drive to Minnesota just to view the Mankato Christmas lights, this beautiful public display in Sibley Park was a highlight of our winter weekend.
Mitchell, where corn is king
June 1, 2014
Mitchell has long been famous for its Corn Palace, which is a venue for concerts, sports events, and exhibits. Built in 1892, the building is much more than a multi-purpose facility - it's also celebrated as a work of art.
Things to do in Sioux Falls: Sioux Falls Attractions
December 29, 2013
It's almost impossible to hurry down Phillips Avenue in downtown Sioux Falls, especially between 9th and 10th Street where 19 separate pieces of sculptural art line the sidewalks. Over the five block range between 8th and 13th street, pedestrians can appreciate a total of 55 separate pieces of art. I haven't seen that much art running along side a street since the vaunted Canyon Road in Santa Fe. And that's just the start of the attractions of this South Dakota city.
You’ll Dig The Mammoth Site in Hot Springs, South Dakota
November 12, 2013
The Black Hills of South Dakota draw hundreds of thousands of visitors each year, yet only a small percentage of those visitors even know of the Mammoth Site in Hot Springs - the world's largest mammoth research facility. But this isn't just a museum showing you what has been found. The dig continues. And it's as fascinating for adults as it is for children.
Visiting Wall Drug: Prairie Kitsch of Presidential Proportions
October 22, 2013
The signs, first many miles apart, begin to appear as you cross the border into South Dakota. As your journey continues toward the heart of the prairie, the signs become more frequent.
The Contrasts of Badlands National Park in South Dakota
August 6, 2013
As we drove along the prairie lined interstate that crosses South Dakota, my eldest daughter asked, "What are the Badlands like?" Doug and I looked at each other, both of us at a loss to describe this area that is neither prairie nor desert canyon, but an interesting mix of both. The best we could do was, "The Badlands are difficult to describe. You'll just have to wait and see."
Falling for the Park
July 29, 2013
The Falls of the Big Sioux River has been the heart of the area even before the founding of its namesake city of Sioux Falls in 1856. There is evidence that Paleolithic tribes used the falls area for much the same purpose it is used today, as a recreational area. The Lakota, who were the native people in the area when the white settlers first arrived, visited the falls for that purpose and told stories of them to European explorers.
Exploring Caves at Wind Cave National Park
July 26, 2013
The Black Hills in South Dakota are famous for their rocks. But some of the most fascinating stones are found nearly 20 stories below ground at Wind Cave National Park near Hot Springs. One of the longest caves in the world, Wind Cave is a terrific family travel destination. While the miles of prairie land above is filled with hiking trails and wildlife like prairie dogs, bison and pronghorn, the caves far below the surface offer a completely different type of exploration.
The Great Great Plains Zoo and Museum
July 25, 2013
Nature lovers who visit Sioux Falls will fall in love with The Great Plains Zoo. In this 45 acre park, you can visit animals from the North American plains, glide over to Africa and see the animals of the savanna in very natural surroundings, then slip over to Asia and admire the big cats before you hop down under for the Australian wildlife.
Follow That Star
July 25, 2013
What better way to learn about a people and their culture is to study their art. For the art of the Sioux people, Prairie Star Gallery in Sioux Falls is place to visit.
Free Travel Fun In Sioux Falls
May 14, 2013
Straddling the junction of major Interstates 1-29 and I-90, Sioux Falls, South Dakota is one of those sprawling American cities that most summer road-trippers zip right through. But if you're on your way to Mt. Rushmore or rushing back from Yellowstone, we suggest you pause for a few days and soak up the many fun, free activities that a family can enjoy. Founded in 1856 among millions of acres of corn fields (grown for biofuel), you just might glimpse America's heartland.
Quebec City, Canada Hotels And Resorts
May 14, 2013
Presenting our comprehensive guide to the top family-friendly hotels and urban resorts in Quebec City, Canada, a culture and cuisine-packed family destination that has something for every age group.
The Itty Bitty Sioux Falls Enchilada Shop That Could
March 29, 2013
Last August, I had a Sioux Falls enchilada. While eating, I had the opportunity to sit down with Jamie Mothershead, owner of Mama's Ladas. This minute Sioux Falls enchilada shop is something I would never have imagined. Local art hangs on the walls, Cyndi Lauper blasts in the background, and an extensive wine list quenches the thirst of enchilada worshipers.
Three Hours in Downtown Sioux Falls
March 6, 2013
Wide open, sparse and desolate are what I expected of the Sioux Falls, SD, landscape. Nearly 11 p.m., it was a cool August night when my plane landed. I was tired after a 12-hour flight delay in Dallas, and all I deemed important was sleep. I hoped to salvage a few good story ideas from the expanse of emptiness I was expecting.
Mitchell, South Dakota: Prehistoric Indian Village archeological dig and museum
January 17, 2013
I'm not sure how much time people spend thinking about a vacation in South Dakota, or to visiting the town of Mitchell (best known for its folk art icon - the Corn Palace). But Mitchell is certainly an offbeat place, and it is the unexpected site of an archeological exploration of the way the early native Americans lived.
Vast Tendencies & Commonplace Adventures: The Cultural Lifestylings Of Southeastern South Dakota – Feature
August 29, 2012
The vast tendency of South Dakota changes via the personification of the town you’re in. Watching the elements swirl allows for a texture of commonplace but also with a sense of adventure. Comfortability is a factor but the focus needs to remain.
Normal Movement & Growing Resolve: The Vintner Tendencies Of Southeastern South Dakota – Feature
August 29, 2012
Interacting with a sense of the culinary, southeastern South Dakota plays to a slight notion of basic versus a texture of movement against the norm. Because of its geographic location, especially in the vision of wine, certain structures of necessary growing revolve into play along with a culinary structure to say nothing about the vivid peception of mixology vs. bar lifestyle in the quiet back alleys of Sioux Falls.
Sioux Falls lauded at conclusion of travel trade show
August 23, 2012
The travel media trade show, Travel Media Showcase, concluded its three-day confab Thursday evening with applause for host city Sioux Falls, and high praise for the location of next year's gathering in Rockford, Illinois.
Sioux Falls, South Dakota shines for travel media confab
August 22, 2012
Sioux Falls, South Dakota shined Wednesday evening, August 22, for the annual Travel Media Showcase, a conference that brings travel journalists together representatives of various destinations around the country and internationally.
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