Sioux Falls is a city of about 160,000 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.
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 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.
Sioux Falls is 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:
- Exit 75/I-29: Intersection with I-229, which runs from the southwest to northeast corner of the city
- Exit 77/I-29: 41st Street, a key area for shopping, restaurants, and hotels
- Exit 78/I-29: Louise Avenue/26th Street, another link to the shopping area around the Empire Mall
- Exit 79/I-29: 12th Street, another major east-west street that leads to the downtown area
- Exit 80/I-29: Madison Street, the exit to reach the Sioux Empire Fairgrounds
- Exit 81/I-29: Russell Street/Maple Street, the Arena/Convention Center/Falls Park exit with numerous hotels
- Exit 82/I-29: Benson Road, exit to new housing development on the northwest side
- Exit 83/I-29: 60th Street North, the airport exit
- Exit 84A/I-29: Intersection with I-90 East
- Exit 84B/I-29: Intersection with I-90 West
- Exit 395/I-90: Marion Road
- Exit 396A/I-90: Intersection with I-29 South
- Exit 396B/I-90: Intersection with I-29 North
- Exit 399/I-90: Cliff Avenue, exit to the airport, as well as Falls Park
- Exit 400/I-90: Intersection with I-229
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.
- Sioux Falls Bus Depot, 1500 W. Russell Street, +1 605-336-0885. Located within walking distance (less than a half-mile) to the Sioux Falls Arena & Convention Center and the surrounding hotels.
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