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Spirit Mound

Hwy. 19, Vermillion, SD
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Ranked #2 of 7 attractions in Vermillion
Type: Historic Sites
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English first
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118 reviews 118 reviews
22 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

We were here during a cloudy day between the rain. The walk takes about 1 hour, the distance from the parking lot is 8 tens of a mile one way. Great way to take a break while traveling. No one else was there while we were there. It must be a great place to see the vista on a clear... More

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Destin, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

Straight-forward. It's a large mound of dirt with a spiral path leading to a bench on the top. Windy- I enjoyed the fresh air and had a picnic when we got to the top. Nothing too exciting. Check it out if you enjoy hiking. : )

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2013

Wander through fields being restored to natural prairie grass and climb a small hill to a place where Lewis and Clark are known to have been, and you can be there with them. This is not a place overwhelmed with tourists, so you can linger and take photographs as you wish. Photographers: bring a zoom lens with wide angle capability.... More

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Yankton, South Dakota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

That is the statement made by the intrepid explorers regarding their view from the top of this small aberration in the immediate landscape. Now it is corn and soybean fields but wonderful to climb the hill, stand there and imagine the absence of the majority of trees, no roads, fences or power lines. Take a short drive to the Vermillion... More

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Vermillion, South Dakota, United States
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28 reviews 28 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Spirit Mound is one of the few locations that Lewis and Clark are known, without a doubt, to have set foot. The surrounding area had, until recently, been the site of a feedlot. A long-time resident of Vermillion, who passed away several years ago, spearheaded the effort to return this historic site to its original state. Land was purchased, native... More

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Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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31 reviews 31 reviews
8 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

Only ones there - it WAS a "butiful landscape" as Lewis & Clark stated in their journal. A bit of a hike but so much to see of prairie foliage and lots of birds!

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39 attraction reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2012

The hisotry of the site is significant, able to stand where Lewis and Clark stood, but not much there

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Sioux Falls, South Dakota, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2012

The area is beautiful and has a nice hiking trail. View from the top is wonderful!

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Avon, South Dakota, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2012

Experience the journey of Lewis and Clark as they did over two hundred years ago. Literature about the history and ecosystem is available on site to guide you through the mixed grass prairie. The hike to the top is family friendly, but come prepared...you will be exposed to the elements as was the Expedition.

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Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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16 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2012

If you are close, make the detour and visit. You won't be disappointed. A great experience.

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