Missouri River Odyssey
Worth a stop in South Dakota
Honor the Lakota: In the Akta Lakota Museum on the grounds of St. Joseph Indian School in Chamberlain, South Dakota, quilts, beadwork, paintings and sculptures by contemporary Native American artists mingle with trade goods, weapons and other artifacts that help tell the story of the people who once ruled the lands along the Missouri.
Load up on trinkets: Travelers stop at Al's Oasis for the nickel coffee, burgers and pie, and leave with rubber tomahawks. That's the charm of this ever-expanding Interstate-90 complex, more than 50 years old, overlooking the Missouri in Chamberlain, South Dakota.
Sip South Dakota red: Visitors sample Shiraz, Merlot and Chardonnay at Valiant Vineyards Winery at the junction of the Missouri and Vermillion rivers. The rich bottomland nurtures the winery's vineyards, South Dakota's first.
Discover an oasis: Near Oacoma, South Dakota, Cedar Shore Resort appears on the west shore of the Missouri River's Lake Francis Case. Guests settle into plush rooms with balconies overlooking the water and a marina that buzzes with fishing boats. There's walleye on the menu in the resort's Bridges Restaurant.