Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls is a city of about 160,000 located in Southeast South Dakota. Founded in 1883 in what was then known as the Dakota Territory, Sioux Falls has grown from a sleepy Midwestern town into a resort for shopping and tourism in the northern Great Plains. It is widely recognized as the largest urban center between Minneapolis and Denver.

Get in

Sioux Falls may be traveled by car, but also has courier and taxi service, as well as trolley service downtown in the summer. There is a municipal bus service, but be advised that it shuts down rather early in the evenings. The Sioux Falls Airport (FSD), 2801 N. Jaycee Lane, is the major airport in the area. The Sioux Falls Bus Terminal (SXF), 1500 W Russell St, serves virtually the entire continental North America.

By car

Sioux Falls is located at the intersection of two major interstates, I-90 and I-29. Another interstate, I-229, travels from the southwestern part of the city to the northeastern part. This forms a loop around the city.

From Chicago, Travel west on I-90 to Sioux Falls. Approximate travel time is eight hours.

From Denver, Travel east on I-76 into Nebraska until the I-80 interchange. Merge east onto I-80. Stay east on I-80 until you reach Omaha. From there, go north on I-29 to Sioux Falls. Approximate travel time is nine hours.

From Kansas City, Travel north on I-29 to Sioux Falls. Approximate travel time is five hours.

From Minneapolis, Travel south on I-35, and then west on I-90 to Sioux Falls. Approximate travel time is four hours. An alternative route would be US Highway 169 southwest of out the western suburbs of Minneapolis. Travel south on Minnesota State Highway 60, just west of Mankato. Travel southwest to Worthington, and travel west on I-90 to Sioux Falls.

Once in Sioux Falls, the interstate exits are:

By bus

Jefferson Lines provides bus service into Sioux Falls from a number of U.S. and Canadian cities, including Dallas, Tulsa, Kansas City, Minneapolis, Chicago, Billings and Winnipeg. Connections with Greyhound and numerous other bus companies mean Sioux Falls is accessible from anywhere within the continental USA, Canada and Mexico. Fares range from $50-$200 round-trip, depending on your point of origination. All buses arrive and depart from the Sioux Falls Bus Depot.

The terminal has been described as one of the nicest in the country - it is clean, comfortable with a TV lounge, internet cafe, souvenir gift store and snack bar.

Onward car transportation from the bus station to all parts of SD, IA, and MN from Sioux Falls by Cross Courier & Dispatch +1-800-940-8185

By plane

Sioux Falls Regional Airport (IATA: FSD) (also known as Joe Foss Field) is served by most major U.S. air carriers. Allegiant Air has nonstop service to Las Vegas, Orlando, and Phoenix/Mesa. American Airlines has nonstop service to Chicago and Dallas/Fort Worth. Delta has nonstop service to Minneapolis/St. Paul and seasonal nonstop service to Atlanta and Detroit. United Airlines has nonstop service to Chicago and Denver. Frontier Airlines also has nonstop service to Denver.

The airport itself is small, but clean and efficient with most of the services one would expect at a typical North American facility. Avis, Enterprise, Hertz and National all have rental counters in the terminal building.

Cross Courier & Dispatch (+1-800-940-8185) is the most recommended taxi service from the airport.

Get around

By car

While there is some public transportation in Sioux Falls and taxis are generally available, the easiest way to get around the city is by car. Roads are generally well-maintained (with the occasional summer road construction) and traffic is quite light by typical North American standards, especially considering the exponential growth of the city.

As mentioned above, Sioux Falls is located at the intersection of I-29 and I-90. Another interstate, I-229, runs from the southwest to northeast corner of the city, meaning that the vast majority of Sioux Falls is accessible via an interstate.

Most of the major attractions, shopping areas, and dining establishments are located near two major east-west roads - 12th Street and 41st Street. Minnesota Avenue also has a large selection of restaurants and shopping places.

By bus

Sioux Falls Transit operates 15 bus routes throughout the city. Fares are $1 for adults with books of 10 available for a 15 percent discount.

Buses generally run every half-hour during the day, but nearly all routes stop running by 7PM and bus service on weekends is very limited.

By taxi

There are a handful of taxi services that operate in Sioux Falls. Fares are reasonable by U.S. standards:

By trolley

Sioux Falls Transit operates a trolley that operates Monday through Saturday from 10AM-8PM during the summer, and on Saturdays through the fall. The trolley operates through downtown Sioux Falls from Falls Park to the Washington Pavilion.


Falls Park

The falls at Falls Park

The natural wonder that gave Sioux Falls its name, Falls Park offers multiple viewing areas and a brand-new, five-story observation tower. From there, one can view not only the impressive waterfalls but some of the city's earliest and most historic buildings.

Galleries and museums

Other attractions



Sioux Falls has a surprising range of golf options for a mid-sized city, with courses of varying degrees of difficulty and comparably low greens fees. It is important to call early for tee times, especially in the spring and early summer.

There are two other golf courses in town, associated with the Minnehaha Country Club and Westward Ho Country Club, but they are rarely open to non-members.


Sioux Falls is home to a number of professional sports teams that play a variety of sports.

Outdoor activities


Outside of town

If you're interested in a night of gambling, Grand Falls Hotel & Casino is less than 15 minutes east of Sioux Falls on Highway 42 and Royal River Hotel & Casino is less than one hour north of Sioux Falls in Flandreau.



Due to the recent influx of immigrants settling in Sioux Falls, a large number of ethnic restaurants have sprung up throughout the city, offering ethnic Balkan, Italian, Ethiopian and eastern Asian cuisine. You can also find all of the usual chain restaurant suspects (everything from Outback Steakhouse to Olive Garden) the number of remarkable independent restaurants is small. However, there are a few eateries in the budget (less than $10), mid-range (less than $20) and splurge (more than $20) categories to get you by.





Sioux Falls does sport a variety of nightclub options:


Accommodations in Sioux Falls are plentiful. Budget accommodations will generally run less than $60 per night, while a mid-range hotel shouldn't cost more than $100. Since most hotels cater to business travelers, weekend deals are frequent and it doesn't hurt to call the hotel directly to try to get the best rate.




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Sioux Falls is an ideal launching pad for several day trips.

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