The circa-1920 name for a route from the Midwest to the Black Hills and Yellowstone, the Black & Yellow Trail can be described as genuine Americana.

Day 1

The route starts in Brookings, a mid-sized university town. Stops can include the Children’s Museum of South Dakota; the South Dakota Art Museum and the State Agricultural Heritage Museum; McCrory Gardens, one of the top 10 small botanical gardens in the United States; and South Dakota State University, well-known for its agricultural research facilities.

Continue on to De Smet, the "Little Town on the Prairie" made famous by author Laura Ingalls Wilder. Tours should visit the Ingalls home, Surveyors’ House and Ingalls Homestead.

Overnight in Huron, home of the South Dakota State Fair, and enjoy the "Murals on the Town."

Day 2

Heading west, stop in Miller to see the historic McWhorter House Museum, the Miller depot and Crystal Park.

Next, visit the state capital, Pierre, and its sister city, Fort Pierre, located on the Missouri River. Around the capital city, visit the South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center and the State Capitol, one of the most fully-restored in the country. The Discovery Center and Aquarium houses hands-on science exhibits. Make a stop at the Casey Tibbs South Dakota Rodeo Center, a museum devoted to the sport of rodeo.

Continue on Highway 14 to Wall, home of a world-famous drugstore. Here, a side trip to Badlands National Park can be added. Continue on Interstate 90 through Rapid City, Sturgis and Spearfish. See Black Hills tour routings for the add-ons to this tour.

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