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July 22, 2012
From journal More Than Just Badlands
ashbourne, United Kingdom
November 25, 2011
From journal Meeting up in South Dakota
March 10, 2010
October 7, 2004
This is what everyone told us before leaving on our vacation. We couldn't resist. After seeing Wall Drug on the Travel Channel and other tv shows and movies, we had to stop.
I had heard stories about the numerous signs along Interstate 90 for the tourist attraction, but it was more than I could have imagined! Every few miles, and even few feet, as you get closer, the store advertises their, "Free Ice Water," or how they have been, "Featured on NBC's Today Show." It is hillarious! The signs not only dot the South Dakota countryside, but they are also in the London Underground, Paris, and now in Zaire, Africa.
The store began in the 1900s as a small-town pharmacy. How it grew to be a multi-building souvenir and western-wear store, is a mystery to me. It has restaurants, a theatre, a backpacking store, bookstores, and an art gallery. Millions of visitors cram into the small aisles of the stores in the summer. We lucked out and came there on a slow day. I bought a clearanced t-shirt, we picked up our complimentary bumper sticker (yet even more advertising), had a glass or two of free ice water, and took some pictures. I can imagine that kids would get quite a kick out of the faux-styled western town with the enormous jackalope and other photo ops. Visit Wall Drug for the novelty of the place, but don't expect to get much more than they promise on their many signs:"Free Ice Water."
From journal Mt. Rushmore, Custer and the Badlands, SD 2004
New Milford, Pennsylvania
August 17, 2004
From journal From PA to SD and back in 7 days!
May 17, 2003
We went to see what all the hype was about, and it was nice to get out and stretch our legs, but I don't know that I would go out of my way to get there. Unless I really wanted some western gear. Of course, the parking lot is full of the air-con 80 seater buses full of tourists, too.
From journal Wall, South Dakota - Wall Drug
December 1, 2001
Although at first glance Wall Drug seems like a first-class tourist trap, it is a lot more than that. It's the cheapest place in a hundred mile radius to buy prescription drugs, Levi jeans, or veterinary supplies. It also has one of the better and more efficient cafeterias/restaurants you'll find anywhere. And yes, the ice water is still free and the coffee still costs but a nickel a cup, although that's sadly no longer a "bottomless" one.
Favorite sections of the store:
From journal West River South Dakota
July 10, 2001
The story goes that this small drug store in a tiny town became popular for offering free ice water to travelers. One thing led to another to form the collossus that is Wall Drug today.
Personally, I didn't buy anything at the store except a decent ice cream cone. My wife got our 1-year old daughter a rubber buffalo. We did spend about 2 hours just strolling around and looking at the place. I like reading all the newspaper and magazines articles on the walls of this place. If you want to scare your kids wait around for 12 minutes in the back for the giant T-rex to roar. Fun!
From journal Road trip to South Dakota - Badlands
by Jim Rosenberg
October 5, 2000
From journal Rapid City: Black Hills-Badlands Road Trip
Des Moines, Iowa, Afghanistan
September 24, 2000
From journal The Jewel of the Dakotas