wall, south dakota
Wall is considered the gateway of Badlands National Park. Located right off Interstate 90, Wall is a charming community that is best known for Wall Drug, a must-visit destination for five-cent coffee and free ice water.
Where to stay in wall
Wall offers visitors clean, comfortable lodging and hotels near the entrance of Badlands National Park. It’s perfect for travelers who want to spend the entire day exploring the 244,000 acres of South Dakota’s national parks land. You’ll also find a variety of dining options including fast food and hometown diners.
things to do in wall
You can’t visit Wall without a stop at Wall Drug. Wall Drug is known for its worldwide billboard advertising, offering a sprawling, western-themed shopping complex with restaurants, “South Dakota Made” shopping, western clothing, photo ops and more. The attraction got its start when its founders began offering free ice water to parched travelers during the Great Depression. Today, it’s expanded to include a jackalope, roaring T.rex and replica of Mount Rushmore.
Wall is also home of the only National Grasslands Visitor Center in the country. The center focuses on providing information on the National Grasslands located throughout the Great Plains. More than 20 exhibits highlight the history, recreational opportunities, management and importance of protecting the prairies and the animals that depend on them.
Other attractions near Wall include the Minuteman National Historic Site, the first site in the world dedicated to commemorating the events of the Cold War and Prairie Homestead featuring a hill side sod hut, as well as the Wounded Knee Museum, which is dedicated to telling the story of of Big Foot’s band of Miniconjou Lakota and the 7th Calvary massacre that left nearly 300 Lakota men, women and children dead. The museum is open May-October.
Explore the region
A Black Hills vacation is central to hundreds of scenic monuments, parks, restaurants and attractions. Browse Black Hills maps to find lodging and things to do near Wall.