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Highway 12 — The Yellowstone Trail

Itinerary MapDay One

Your itinerary begins in Milbank, where options include a tour of a cheese factory or a tour of a granite quarry. Traveling west on Highway 12, Waubay National Wildlife Refuge offers wildlife watching, hiking trails and an observation tower. The Blue Dog Fish Hatchery nearby is another interesting stop. Overnight in Webster.

Day Two

Turn north on Highway 25 for a slight detour to Roslyn and a visit to the unique International Vinegar Museum. Hop back on Highway 12 to Andover, where townsfolk will set up special steam-threshing demonstrations for your group, complete with steam plowing, wooden shingle cutting, and, if you’re lucky, homemade pies! Continue west on Highway 12, then turn north on Highway 37 for six miles to the Granary Rural Cultural Center near Putney. The Granary is an art gallery housed in an old grain storage building. Next, it’s on to Aberdeen, home of Storybook Land, a theme park featuring scenes from popular nursery rhymes and fairy tales. Storybook Land promises fun for all ages; the castle is a great place for picnics. Overnight in Aberdeen.

Day Three: Option One

Spend the morning touring a Hutterite Colony, hiking at Richmond Lake Recreation Area and/or visiting the Dacotah Prairie Museum and historic Centennial Village. Travel west on Highway 12 (which intersects with Highway 83 near Selby) to Mobridge, where highlights include Sitting Bull’s grave site and a memorial to Sacagawea, a gaming casino and the Oscar Howe murals at Scherr-Howe Arena. Consider a guided fishing excursion on Lake Oahe. Overnight in Mobridge.

Day Three: Option Two

When you reach the junction with Highway 83, turn south to Pierre. (Take a side trip to see the Cathedral of the Prairie in Hoven.) In Pierre, visit the State Capitol and the Cultural Heritage Center. You can also fish on Lake Oahe or take a farm tour. Fort Pierre offers the Casey Tibbs South Dakota Rodeo Center and livestock auctions at the sale barn on Fridays. Overnight in Pierre/Fort Pierre.

Day Four

Located approximately 100 miles west of Mobridge, Lemmon is the final stop on Highway 12. Visit the Petrified Wood Park, tour an agate jewelry factory, and see the Grand River Museum, and discover the legend of Hugh Glass at Shadehill Recreation Area. Continue west on Highway 12 into North Dakota or travel south and west to the Black Hills National Forest. Next day: Follow one of the other itineraries going east or west.