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Sioux Falls - South Dakota

Sioux Falls is the county seat of Minnehaha County in the southeastern corner of the state. The city of Sioux Falls is the largest in South Dakota, at over 100,000 people. Yet, it is easy to make your way around the city. We were impressed with the historic buildings, friendly people, and cleanliness of the city.

At Falls Park, located on the Big Sioux River. From here, you can view the cascading waterfalls that the city was named after back in 1856.

In the top left corner of the image, you can see a portion of the old Queen Bee Mill, built in 1881.

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Best Western Empire Towers

Conveniently located near the downtown area, we stayed at the Best Western Empire Towers. Our room was spacious and quite comfortable, which included a giant whirlpool.

From the main entrance area, you can start your day off with a continental breakfast, and then relax in the indoor pool and sauna. Nearby are many nice restaurants and the Empire Mall. Included with your stay is free cable and HBO, along with free local telephone calls. Children under 12 can stay free. A meeting room is available to accomodate 15 people. Whether for relaxing or for business, we recommend this hotel for your Sioux Falls stay.

Best Western Empire Towers
4100 W. Shirley Place Sioux Falls, South Dakota 57106

Getting There: From I-29, take Exit 77, then go east 1 block and north 1/2 block

Sioux Falls has a revitalized historic downtown, with old buildings being used effectively for a variety of specialty stores, restaurants, and offices, in keeping the heritage of the area intact. We applaud the area for doing such a great job with the downtown. With the friendly atmosphere, we can understand why Sioux Falls has the fifth lowest crime rate in the country. There are numerous museums to see while in Sioux Falls. Among these, include the Old Courthouse Museum, the Pettigrew Home & Museum, and the Center for Western Studies, which are all free to the public.

Battleship South Dakota Memorial and Museum

This battleship (BB 57) saw considerable action during World War II. She was responsible for the downing of 64 war planes, and participated in every major naval battle in the Pacific Ocean. During the Battle of Santa Cruz alone, the battleship downed 32 Japanese warplanes while defending the Carrier Enterprise. The battleship is on display as a memorial, with museum, free to the public. It is open from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Falls Park

The city park includes numerous buildings which denote the early development of the city. In 1881, the Queen Bee Mill was built there as a seven-story mill for producing flour from wheat. Although it was only in operation for two years, it was one of the country's largest operations of its kind at the time. Sioux quartzite was quarried at the falls and nearby, to construct several of the buildings in the area. A hydroelectric plant and dam was built thirty years later to provide power for the surrounding area. Through most of the year, the park has a free sound and light show at the falls, taking place nightly one-half hour after dusk (Memorial Day through Labor Day).

Southpoint would like to thank the Sioux Falls Convention and Visitor's Bureau for assistance with our visit.
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