A few weeks ago I shared with you sights from my trip back to South Dakota and I just talked about the West River side. See, growing up there we always referred to living either West River or East River to distinguish where are hometowns were. The Missouri River divides the state so hence the reason for that.
East River has very different terrain than the Black Hills and forests of the other side. There are family farms with cattle, corn and soy bean fields and pastures that dot the landscape. And, the land is flat!! And, I mean flat, you can see for miles and miles. Now there are some large towns, Brookings, Mitchell, Watertown, and Aberdeen but, today I going to share with you so of the very special sights and places in Sioux Falls. This is the largest city in the state and has about 250,000. Don’t under estimate how wonderful this city is. It has restaurants, the arts, wonderful stores, sports teams, and hospitals that rival any large American city. USA Today ranks it 10th in the nation of best small cities to live in.
There really is a falls that the city is named for. The Sioux River flows through an area of the city and the early residents built a mill on the site to grind wheat. Today that falls is a beautiful park.
Source- City of Sioux Falls
I spent the day in Sioux Falls with my aunt and we visited the Falls park and then the Sculpture walk in downtown. Every year the city exhibits sculptures that are installed on the downtown sidewalk for visitors to view. This year there were 56 incredible pieces to view. Artists from all of the United States and parts of Europe.
Such a wide display of art and talent and I’m so happy to share this small selection with you. I am truly so very proud of so many things in my home state but this is special to be able share this with you.
Exploring your home state can be so very special. There are treasures in many parts of great United States and around the world. At this point in my life I like to take time to enjoy the simple pleasures of discovering my own backyard.