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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 2013
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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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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28 reviews 28 reviews
11 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

I was at Minuteman Missile NHS in January, and when arriving at the visitor center, I was on my own. Most likely, there woldn't have been a tour due to a lack of visitors, but a ranger said he'd go over to the site anyway, and he would be happy to give me a private tour! Thus, I followed him... More

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Reading, Pennsylvania
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237 attraction reviews
222 helpful votes 222 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

The Minuteman MIssile NHS is located just off I-90. Start at the Visitor Center, which is in a little trailer just before you come to the entrance of Badlands National Park. There are some exhibits there, and you can sign up for a tour. Tours are free, but get there as early as possible in the summer. You meet the... More

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La Crosse, Wisconsin
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30 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014

This was an amazing thing to see. If you are in the area, I highly recommend seeing this. My wife and I stopped here enroute to the Black Hills. Touring a missile silo launch facility is something you will rarely get the chance to see. It was very interesting.

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Wasilla, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

This is a must stop on your way through South Dakota. The Visitor Center is very informative and comes complete with a video from the era. The Junior Ranger program is quick and painless.

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Port Alberni, Canada
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67 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2013

We went out of our way to see this historic sight. First we drove to the Visitor's Center, there we were told to drive back the way we came to see the Control Facility and the Missile Silo. Upon arrival we were told that we could not see the missile silo as the elevator was out of order. We took... More

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Amenia, New York
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36 reviews 36 reviews
14 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

The Day before we arrived the elevator broke down so we were unable to descend to the control Facility. The tour was interesting in any event. The Park has 3 separate areas, The Visitor Center, The Control Facility and the Missile Silo.

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USA
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84 attraction reviews
145 helpful votes 145 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013

See how we were protected during the Cold War Period. Very educational and historical. Staff was very informative.

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Seattle, Washington
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56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013

History buff or not. Any idea these things exist or not. Find this historical site. Sleep better at night knowing someone is always watching out for you. Tripadvisor reviews huge help in locating. Seventy miles east of Rapid City on I-90. Arrived at contact station for tickets (I-90 exit 131) at opening time (mid-week; late summer). Tickets limited since guided... More

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Tucson, Arizona
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35 reviews 35 reviews
14 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

The elevator to the main control room was currently "Out of Service" so we could watch the Virtual Tour but not actually see it. We did however get the directions for the silo location so we drove out to see this glass topped view of a once armed Minuteman Missile that was an integral part of the Cold War era.... More

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Iowa
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2013

The tour tickets for the missile launch control site are first-come, first-serve, so tours often completely booked by noon. The HQ for the site is separated from the silo (no ticket required) and the launch facility, all spread along I-90 near Wall, SD. Good videos, and the tour is a don't miss of Cold War era history. Can't recommend it... More

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