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Minuteman Missile National Historic Site

Interstate 90 Exit 131, Less Than 1/4 Mi Off of I-90 Exit 131, Interior, SD
+1 605-433-5552
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Ranked #1 of 3 Attractions in Interior
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: National Parks, History Museums
Owner description: Minuteman Missile National Historic Site is a Cold War historic site, and a unit of the National Park Service, dedicated to telling the story of the... more » Owner description: Minuteman Missile National Historic Site is a Cold War historic site, and a unit of the National Park Service, dedicated to telling the story of the role that the U.S. Minuteman missile system played in deterring war and preserving peace. This site was established as a result of the initial Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) signed by President George H.W. Bush and Mikhail Gorbachev in 1991, that reduced the U.S. Minuteman force and deactivated the missile field here in South Dakota. « less
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Kansas City, Kansas
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48 reviews 48 reviews
29 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014 NEW

Be sure to check the schedule for guided tours. You can see one of the missile sights, but without a tour guide, it doesn't mean much (even with the cell phone number you dial). Very interesting for those of us who grew up during the Cold War era.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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105 reviews 105 reviews
31 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

It takes some planning and backtracking to get a tour but is well worth it. Stop as early as you can to get your tour time and tickets. We had to wait 90 minutes and there isn't anything to do there. We went to see some Badlands scenery and then went back to the tour site. It's not a lot,... More

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Seattle, Washington
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8 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

In the off season there are only 2 tours a day.We were not there right at 8 a.m. so missed the 6 tickets for the 10 o'clock tour.The young ranger did not have any info to offer,think we took him away from something more interesting in the back room.Luckily it's the Badlands entrance so that can be plan B.

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Colorado Springs
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201 reviews 201 reviews
95 attraction reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Minuteman Missiles were a huge part of American history during the cold war and integral to our defenses. With missiles "hiding" underground, they were placed all over the upper, central states of the US: Montana, Wyoming, the Dakotas, and into Nebraska and Colorado! Disarmed and removed in the 90s, there is one underground control center and one en-siloed missile remaining,... More

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Cumming, Georgia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
14 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

It might not be fair to give this a review, as we missed the tour. We hiked and drove the Badlands first, so we missed the free tour of the missile site. They tell me they run out of the passes before noon most days. We drove to one of the missile sites anyway and listened on our cell phone... More

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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208 reviews 208 reviews
123 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Get tickets early. Limited number of people on each tour - you will see why (small spaces). They are building a new visitor center just of US90, which may help people know about this site and find it. Good movie at center. Expect new visitor center will have much better displays and historical overview to read. Missile control site tour... More

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Hillsboro, New Mexico, United States
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99 reviews 99 reviews
31 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

If you remember the movie Wargames about the launch center control room guys who questioned the launch codes you will like this place. The only thing here is, this is real. Here is where the men and women sat with their finger on the launch button. For us who remember the cold war this is where the US would have... More

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Owatonna, Minnesota
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23 reviews 23 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

I have been here before, always very interesting. They have a nice movie at the check in site and the tour of the missile control site was super. We had a retired major give our tour who actually worked at this site. I especially liked it as I lived through this time, very informative.

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Lexington, Kentucky
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28 reviews 28 reviews
13 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Definitely worth every effort, including being there VERY early to get tickets which disappear almost immediately upon opening. If you are of the generations that lived under the threat of the bomb, the place will seem spooky because it is sooo realistic. It is one thing to see replicas in countless movies but an altogether different one to see the... More

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chicagoland
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51 reviews 51 reviews
35 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

The Visitor Center is located just off I-90, exit 131, next to a large Conoco gas station. The Visitor Center is just 2 nondescript trailers so don't look for something big. This is a free tour offered by the National Park Service. You have to get tickets as only 6 people can fit on the elevator going down to the... More

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