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How far to iowa state line?

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Cerritos, California
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How far to iowa state line?

I have a goal of taking my kids to see all 50 states. We will be in a Sioux Falls in June on a trip from Mount Rushmore. We plan to go from Sioux Falls to Minneapolis. We will spend one night in Sioux Falls. I'm wondering if I can get to the corner of Iowa from Sioux Falls in a reasonable time. How far would it be? The rule is we need to step foot in the state, but having a meal there would be nice. What is closest city in Iowa to Sioux Falls and how long would it take to get there? Thanks in advance!!

Pierre, South Dakota
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1. Re: How far to iowa state line?

https://maps.google.com/ Tomget to Sioux City, which is right on the border, you're looking at about an hour's drive.

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2. Re: How far to iowa state line?

On your way to Mpls, you could drop down to Okoboji lakes resort area and have a number of places to select from for a meal. It's 15 to 20 miles south of I90 (exit 64/Hwy 86).

Otherwise, there's a Pizza Ranch in Rock Rapids, IA, east of Sioux City (and south of Luverne, MN)

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from down town Soiux Falls to the Iowa line ,would be about 30 min. drive east on highway #42. there is a casino there on the corner of the state "the Grand Falls Casino " have a bite to eat and back on the road. interstate I90 would be about 15 mile north of there. hope you have a nice summer vacation!!

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4. Re: How far to iowa state line?

I would choose either Grand Falls Casino or something in the Okoboji area. If you choose Sioux City, it's about an hour and a half south and then you'll have to come back north again to go to Minneapolis. That would be about three hours out of your way. Just my opinion.

If you choose the Okoboji area, there are two roads to get there off I-90. Hwy 86 is the best route, but be warned it was closed for construction last summer, so be sure to check and make sure it's open this year before you try that route. Otherwise, you can take Hwy 71, which results in a little backtracking. The Okoboji area is a cluster of small towns around a chain of lakes. The northernmost and closest town would be Spirit Lake. There are some restaurants in Spirit Lake. It's more of a residential type of town. South of there, you will find fancier restaurants and more touristy things in Okoboji and Arnold's Park. Do not go down the west side of West Lake Okoboji on Hwy 86. There's not much on that side of the lake. Either take 71 all the way from I-90 or take Hwy 86 and then jog over to Hwy 71 when you reach Spirit Lake.

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5. Re: How far to iowa state line?

If going to the Lakes area from Sioux Falls, no question about it take exit 64 which is highway 86 then at the four way stop at highway 9 turn east into Spirit Lake. The trip will take approximately 20 mins off of the interstate, and 86 is open and very nice now!

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