In Pierre, explore the area by water, foot or car. Get out on the water at Farm Island Recreation Area, which offers 13 miles of hiking trails and canoe, kayak and paddle-boat rentals to explore Hipple Lake at your own pace. Or walk in the footsteps of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark at La Framboise Island, which has eight miles of trails. While there, stroll along the Missouri River where Lewis and Clark paddled their dugout canoes and keelboats in search of a route across the western United States from 1804-06. There’s information about the two explorers at the trailhead for you to learn more.
Mansion and Museums
Feel your hair stand up when you walk into the exhibit housing the Van de Graaff generator at the South Dakota Discovery Center. The center is home to 60 hands-on stations. Then peer into South Dakota’s political scene on a 30-minute Governor’s Mansion tour, offered weekly, which leads you around the 14,000-foot home built in 2005 on the eastern shore of Capitol Lake. You also can tour the 1910-era South Dakota State Capitol building weekdays from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and weekends 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Self-guided brochures await inside the building’s north doors.
Eat Up in Pierre
Start your morning in Pierre with good coffee at The Exchange Coffee Shop on historic Pierre Street where you can enjoy freshly made pastries and bagels. For ice cream, head to Zesto, a local favorite. Drifter’s Bar and Grille serves authentic Midwestern surf & turf, walleye and bison. If you’re looking for a steak dinner, head to Cattleman’s Club Steakhouse that’s been open since 1986 and served more than 100,000 customers. Founded by former rancher Myril Arch and his son Myril II, the restaurant is managed by his daughter, ages its choice black Angus meat in-house and cuts every steak each day.