Weekend Trip: Sioux Falls

Just a three hour drive from Omaha, Sioux Falls South Dakota makes the perfect weekend trip!


WHAT I DID

There are so many cute stores in the downtown area. For women's clothing, I checked out Chelsea's Boutique and MK Threads Boutique. For unique gifts and home goods, I loved Zandbroz and Mint & Basil. And I literally pulled over to the side of the road when I saw The Deku Tree for rare and exotic plants, located just a little outside of downtown, on the way to The Falls!



Scenic Falls Park, along the Big Sioux River, has many different areas to view the falls. Take a walk or bike ride along the Big Sioux River Recreational Trail and Greenway. Don't miss the history of the area! The original Queen Bee Mill is still on site, and the original Light and Power Company building is now home to the Falls Overlook Cafe.


On the second day I drove out to Palisades State Park, just 30 minutes outside of the city. This unique South Dakota destination has quartzite formations along the Split Rock Creek. This is a great spot to hike, bird watch, rock climb, and fish.





WHERE I ATE

I enjoyed lunch at JL Beers for burgers and beer, pastries from the famous CH Patisserie, and dinner at The Hello Hi bar. The tropical-themed Hello Hi bar has a pizza place in the back called Pizza Cheeks. You can order a pizza and then bring it to the front to enjoy it with your drinks.




On my second day I had breakfast at the hotel restaurant before going to the Palisades. I was ready for lunch after my hike, so I stopped at Josiah's Cafe for some local coffee and brunch before hitting the road back to Omaha!



WHERE I STAYED

I stayed at the Hilton Garden Inn, Downtown Sioux Falls, known for its views of the river and easy trail access. I had a suite room with a balcony overlooking the river.



Thanks to Experience Sioux Falls for sponsoring this post!