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Best South Dakota Rest Stops

Best South Dakota Rest Stops

Slightly larger than North Dakota, South Dakota is one of the top 20 largest states in the United States. Despite being such a large state, South Dakota has two primary highways: I-90 and I-25. Interstate 90 (I-90) is the longest highway in the United States. Going from east to west, Interstate 90 begins in Seattle, WA and ends in Boston, MA. Interstate 29 (I-29) is a much smaller highway that runs from north to south. I-29 begins in Kansas City, MO and runs all the way up to the Canadian border. If you are traveling through South Dakota on either of these highways, be sure to take note of all of the rest stops on your route. This guide will help you identify some of the best rest areas in South Dakota.

Vivian Rest Stop

The Vivian Rest Stop serves both the eastbound and westbound sides of Interstate 90 in Lyman county. This rest stop is truck driver friendly and has truck parking and a trailer dump station (during the summer months only). Other amenities of the Vivian Rest Stop include:

  • Public Telephone
  • Restrooms
  • Outdoor Area - includes picnic shelters and pet relief areas
  • Vending Machines
  • Handicap Accessible

Wasta Rest Stop

The Wasta Rest Stop serves both the eastbound and westbound sides of Interstate 90 in Pennington County. This rest stop has designated truck parking, so truck drivers take note if you are passing by this rest stop. Additional amenities of the Wasta Rest Stop include:

  • Restrooms - including family assist restroom
  • Outdoor Area - includes picnic shelters and pet relief areas
  • Vending Machines
  • Public Telephone
  • Handicap Accessible

Northern Hills Eastbound Rest Stop

The Northern Hills Rest Stop serves only the eastbound side of Interstate 90 and is located in Lawrence county. This rest stop is located right on the border of South Dakota and Wyoming, so it is a great stop for truck drivers who are doing a multi-state trip and need a designated place to park. Aside from truck parking, the Northern Hills Rest Stop has the following amenities:

  • Public Telephone
  • Restrooms
  • Outdoor Area - includes picnic shelters and pet relief areas
  • Vending Machines
  • Handicap Accessible

Ward Road Rest Stop

The Ward Road Rest Stop serves the southbound and northbound sides of Interstate 29. This rest stop is truck driver friendly and has truck parking and a trailer dump station (during the summer months only). Other amenities of the Ward Road Rest Stop include:

  • Restrooms
  • Outdoor Area - includes picnic shelters and pet relief areas
  • Public Telephone
  • Vending Machines
  • Handicap Accessible

Junction City Rest Stop

The Junction City Rest Stop serves the northbound and southbound sides of Interstate 29 and is located right outside of Sioux City. In addition to truck parking, the Junction City Rest Stop has the following amenities:

  • Outdoor Area - includes picnic shelters and pet relief areas
  • Vending Machines
  • Restrooms
  • Public Telephone
  • Handicap Accessible

Glacial Lakes Southbound Rest Stop

The Glacial Lakes Southbound Rest Stop serves southbound only drivers on Interstate-29. This rest stop is right on the border of North Dakota and South Dakota, so it is a great stop for truck drivers who are traveling between the two states and need a safe place to park. In addition to truck parking, the Glacial Lakes Southbound Rest Stop has the following amenities:

  • Restrooms
  • Outdoor Area - includes picnic shelters and pet relief areas
  • Vending Machines
  • Public Telephone

Flying J Travel Plaza

The Flying J Travel Plaza is located in Sioux Falls off of Exit 83 on Interstate 29. The Flying J Travel Plaza is different from the other rest stops listed in this guide because its primary function is an RV Dumping and Fuel station. The Flying J Travel Plaza has an extensive list of amenities including:

  • Regular Gas and Diesel Fuel Lanes
  • Showers
  • Wifi
  • ATM
  • Restrooms
  • Propane
  • Cat Scale
  • Check Cashing
  • DEF Lanes
  • Drivers Lounge with a Game Room
  • Lottery and Money Order Station
  • Public Laundry
  • Truck/RV Parking Spaces - There are 40 truck/RV parking spaces available. The cost to park in the truck/RV parking overnight is $17 per night. Parking spaces can be reserved in advance online.

The Flying J Travel Plaza is a haven for truck and RV drivers but is also a great stop for anyone traveling through Sioux Falls!

Stone's Truck Stop

Stone's Truck Stop is located off of Interstate 29 in Watertown, SD. Stone's Truck Stop is a haven for truck drivers and provides anyone who stops in with good quality products and services at affordable prices. Stone's Truck Stop has an on-site restaurant called the Grainery Café that serves delicious food with fast and friendly service. If you do not want to sit down for a meal, you can stop at the convenience store to stock up on anything you may need. If you want to kick back and relax before heading back out onto the road, you can visit The Loft, which is a lounge with games to enjoy. Stone's Truck Stop is also a fueling station, so you can fuel yourself and your tuck/car/RV all in one place. Additional amenities at Stone's Truck Stop include:

  • Restrooms
  • Showers
  • South Dakota Lottery Tickets
  • A gift shop
  • Free Wifi

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