My kids are used to riding in the car. We make regular trips to visit my family in Iowa--a four-and-a-half-hour drive. Just to be safe I pulled together extra car-friendly activities that I found on Pinterest. They were troopers during the whole trip. So, without further ado, here's a photo recap of our trip.
|Hitting the road...car selfie!|
|Falls Park, Sioux Falls|
|Camping in Oakwood Lakes State Park|
|Getting close with the wolves at Bramble Park Zoo|
|Levi getting a close-up view of one of the tigers|
|Driving a covered wagon at Ingalls Homestead|
|Lillian ready for school in a one-room schoolhouse|
|The "covered wagon" we slept in at Ingalls Homestead. |
It's actually modeled after a 1880s sheepherder's wagon.
|Tuning up a car at Children's Museum of South Dakota|
|Buffalo herd along the Wildlife Loop in Custer State Park|
|At the top of Harney Peak|
Levi hiked the whole six-mile trail on his own.
Lillian hitched a ride on John's back.
|At the top of Lover's Leap.|
Lillian hiked this three-mile trail on her own.
|A family selfie along the trail|
Here's a run-down of the places we went on our vacation:
-Falls Park, Sioux Falls
-Oakwood Lakes State Park (camping), Bruce
-Bramble Park Zoo, Watertown
-Children's Museum of South Dakota, Brookings
-Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Society, DeSmet
-Ingalls Homestead, DeSmet
-Badlands National Park
-Black Hills National Forest
-Custer State Park (camping--Grace Coolidge Campground)
-Mount Rushmore, Keystone
-1880 Train, Hill City
-Devil's Tower, Wyoming
-Bear Country USA, Rapid City
-Spearfish Canyon Scenic Drive
-Needles Highway Scenic Drive
-Iron Mountain Scenic Drive
-Wildlife Loop Scenic Drive
-Hiking in Custer State Park-Harney Peak, Lover's Leap
For general information on South Dakota tourism, visit their tourism page.