The Center of the Nation monument marks the geographical center of the USA (including Alaska and Hawaii; the center of the lower 48 states is in Kansas). It sits behind the Tri-State Museum, which is full of items of local historical interest, along with quite a few oddities.
Devils Tower is quite impressive; if you've seen the movie "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" you'll recognize it right away. Its made of volcanic-type material, though they think it was just an upsurge of molten material and not part of an actual volcano. There's a nice trail that loops around the base; I was able to see several rock climbers making their way up the square columns.
On the way home from there, I drove down Spearfish Canyon, which is very beautiful: high canyon walls, heavily wooded, with a river and waterfalls flowing through it. The most visited falls is in Roughlock State Park - a series of cascades with a trail that goes down alongside it with several viewing areas. It was very cool and refreshing there.
Anyway, I hope you've enjoyed my travelog - maybe I've piqued your interest and you'll make a trip to South Dakota yourself! Enjoy.
|Center of the Nation Monument.|
|At the Tri-State Museum:|
an old 1930s permanent wave machine.
|Use an x-ray to fit your shoes!|
|Ladies must ride side saddle - doesn't look too safe or comfortable.|
|Devils Tower amid the fields and farmland.|
|Native American prayer shawls - the site is sacred to the local tribes.|
|Rock climbers way up high.|
|Devils Tower in the rear view mirror...|
|Beautiful Wyoming countryside.|