D05 Wall Rapid City
Published: 13/12/2019
Rapid City
On to Rapid City, this is a small town in western South Dakota that is nicknamed "Gateway to the Black Hills." Although the town itself is not that well known, the sights in the neighborhood are. Immediately after the start of this route, you can make a stop at the Wounded Knee Museum, this museum provides a deeper insight into the massacre at Wounded Knee from December 1890. Then you take the Purple Heart Memorial Highway, Interstate 90 in South Dakota is officially known as the Purple Heart Memorial Highway. It is a small measure of gratitude from the people in South Dakota to Purple Heart recipients, who have put their lives at stake for the country. Before you leave the Purple Heart Memorial Highway, you can choose to get off the route and visit the South Dakota Air and Space Museum. The South Dakota Air and Space Museum is one of the best things to do in the Black Hills, with its many different exhibitions and fun activities.

After the views we continue towards Deadwood, this route is beautiful to drive and Deadwood is a city in the style of the turn of the century. Deadwood is the capital of Lawrence County, in the Black Hills in western South Dakota. The city is named after the dead trees that were found on site by the first settlers. The place has a glorious history as a gold digger site in the Wild West.

After Deadwood we visit Sturgis, where you can visit the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum, or if you are here during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, you can enjoy this unparalleled event.

In Rapid City you do not stay 1 night, but several days, so that you can do part of this route again, such as to Deadwood or to Sturgis, where the Sturgis Bike Rally, 10 days and nights ride, food and music is held every year in August. 500,000 motorcyclists, concert enthusiasts and street food enthusiasts attend the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally every year, so don't miss out!

In Rapid City you can visit the Dinosaur Park, among other things, which is freely accessible and located on a hill overlooking the city. Dinosaur Park consists of seven images of dinosaurs. Almost all of these images are based on fossils found in South Dakota and the western United States.

In this 4-star route you will drive along beautiful good roads, with a nice stop at the Crazy Horse Memorial and of course shopping in Wall.

The year 1874 is an important year in the history of Rapid City. In that year, gold was found in the nearby Black Hills. The subsequent gold rush led to the establishment of various settlements, where sawmills and livestock farms subsequently emerged. Rapid City was founded in 1876 by John Brennan and Samuel Scott under the name Hay Camp. The new settlement was promoted as the 'Gateway to the Black Hills'. Hay Camp grew steadily due to the growth of new families and half a year after the arrival of Brennan and Scott it already had a hundred inhabitants. Hay Camp was later renamed Rapid City, to the Rapid Creek River that flows through the area.

The life of the first pioneers was tough and sometimes required courage. The laws of the law of the strongest applied. Without a horse you were nothing and stealing a horse was punishable by death. The place where horse thieves were hung is still a historic place in Rapid City. Due to the favorable location of the city, railways from both the south and the east came together at the end of the 1880s.

Tourism only really started after the First World War. The popularity of cars and the improved highways made it easier for tourists to visit the Black Hills. During the Great Depression in the 1930s, tourism also remained an important source of income. The construction of a large work of art in the mountains, Mount Rushmore, contributed to this.

The city fared well during and after the Second World War. The population doubled due to the opening of Rapid City Army Air Base. Even after the Second World War the army remained of great influence in Rapid. Rocket installations were installed during the Cold War.
Wounded Knee Museum
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Starting point
South Dakota Air and Space Museum
Deadwood Broken Boot Gold Mine
Wounded Knee Museum
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South Dakota
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South Dakota ( (listen)) is a U.S. state in the Midwestern region of the United States. It is named after the Lakota and Dakota Sioux Native American tribes, who comprise a large portion of the population and historically dominated the territory. South Dakota is the seventeenth largest by area, but the fifth smallest by population and the 5th least densely populated of the 50 United States. As the southern part of the former Dakota Territory, South Dakota became a state on November 2, 1889, simultaneously with North Dakota. It was either the 39th or 40th state admitted to the union. Before signing the statehood papers, President Benjamin Harrison shuffled the papers so that no one could tell which became a state first. Pierre is the state capital and Sioux Falls, with a population of about 187,200, is South Dakota's largest city. South Dakota is bordered by the states of North Dakota (to the north), Minnesota (to the east), Iowa (to the southeast), Nebraska (to the south), Wyoming (to the west), and Montana (to the northwest). The state is bisected by the Missouri River, dividing South Dakota into two geographically and socially distinct halves, known to residents as "East River" and "West River".Eastern South Dakota is home to most of the state's population, and the area's fertile soil is used to grow a variety of crops. West of the Missouri River, ranching is the predominant agricultural activity, and the economy is more dependent on tourism and defense spending. Most of the Native American reservations are in West River. The Black Hills, a group of low pine-covered mountains sacred to the Sioux, are in the southwest part of the state. Mount Rushmore, a major tourist destination, is there. South Dakota has a temperate continental climate, with four distinct seasons and precipitation ranging from moderate in the east to semi-arid in the west. The state's ecology features species typical of a North American grassland biome. Humans have inhabited the area for several millennia, with the Sioux becoming dominant by the early 19th century. In the late 19th century, European-American settlement intensified after a gold rush in the Black Hills and the construction of railroads from the east. Encroaching miners and settlers triggered a number of Indian wars, ending with the Wounded Knee Massacre in 1890. Key events in the 20th century included the Dust Bowl and Great Depression, increased federal spending during the 1940s and 1950s for agriculture and defense, and an industrialization of agriculture that has reduced family farming. While several Democrats have represented South Dakota for multiple terms in both chambers of Congress, the state government is largely controlled by the Republican Party, whose nominees have carried South Dakota in each of the last 13 presidential elections. Historically dominated by an agricultural economy and a rural lifestyle, South Dakota has recently sought to diversify its economy in areas to attract and retain residents. South Dakota's history and rural character still strongly influence the state's culture.
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View route collection Top car and motorcycle tour through the Midwest of the USA
About this route collection
By car or motorcycle through the Midwest of America, a journey that you do not just make, so also not 13 days driving and then back home. No, book a stay of several days in Denver, Cheyenne, Rapid City (In August the Sturgis Bike Ralley, stay there for about 4 days), Yellowstone National Park, Estes Park and again Denver to also visit multiple places of interest in these cities, so that this tour becomes an unforgettable tour that you can remember with pleasure.

Do not forget to arrange and pack the following:
* This is only a summary and completely personal and may differ per person.

Take out travel insurance, +31 for numbers in GSM, Take out gas (in part), Health insurance coverage at destination ?, Switch off electrical devices, Lighting (timer), Check passport validity, Antenna from radio / TV for lightning, Residence address for those staying behind, Remote control book home alarm, Smart Parking.

Hand luggage:
Liquids in packaging of max. 100 ml, Liquids in hand luggage in clear plastic bag.

For on the road:
Sweets, Book, Earplugs, Country and road map (s), Directions, Maps in your navigation system

Money & Securities:
Bank card / giro card, Credit card (Remember pin code), Cash, Internet banking calculator, Medical insurance card, Travel insurance card.

Travel documents:
Passport, (International) Driving license, Ticket (s), Reservation receipts, Hotel vouchers, Arrival / Departure time, Check-in & check-out times, Valid visa (ESTA), Travel guide.

Underwear, Belt, Shirts / T-shirts, Short pants, Long pants, Shoes, Socks, Swimming trunks, Towel, Bath slippers.

Personal stuff:
Watch, house keys, wallet, sunglasses.

Deodorant, Shower gel / Soap, Comb / brush, Shaving gear, Shampoo, Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Sanitary pads

Health & Medicine:
Own medicines, Insect repellent, Cold sore ointment, Ointment for insect bites, Sunscreen, Norit, Paracetamol, Suction cup for insect bites, First aid bag.

Travel bag / hip bag, Leatherman (= checked bag), Pen or pencil, Head lamp, Lighter, Tools & Electronics, Mobile phone & charger, Photo / video camera & charger, Memory card (s), World plug / adapter, Ipod & charger, Adapter cable Ipod, Headphones, iPad & charger, Navigation & charger / plug, Socket, Fuelpack battery.

Engine (accessories):
Helmet, Motorcycle clothing, Motorcycle boots, Chain lock / disc brake lock, Gloves, Bandana, Inside bags (plastic shopping bag), Insulation bag, Lashing straps, Tiewraps, Rainsuit, Rainaway.

Address list, Telephone number embassy, Telephone number to block (bank) card (s), Telephone number (airline tickets).