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Does 5 Cent Coffee Still Exist?

Yes it does, Travel Bugger.  It exists at Wall Drug.  What is Wall Drug?  Take a tacky, roadside souvenir shop and then make it the size of a city block.  And then add some creepy animatronic robots singing cowboy songs and a place where you can pan for gold and a “train station water show.”  That’s kind of what it is.

It’s in South Dakota, mere miles outside of Badlands National Park, and very close to Mount Rushmore, so if you map it right, you can hit all three on your road trip.  What really compelled me to visit Wall Drug was their promise of five cent coffee.  All along the drive on Interstate 90, they have signs advertising for the place.

One sign (unfortunately one I was unable to take a picture of while driving) promised five cent coffee.  I like coffee, and I like a good deal, so they had me.

Sure enough, when I got there, there it was.  Five cent coffee.  Though buying it is more of an honor system than I would have liked.  I wanted a receipt that told me I spent five cents for coffee.  It would have been the complete opposite of this receipt.  Instead of paying at the cash register, though, you put a nickel in a little box.

Was it good coffee?  No.  It was pretty bad.  I may have overpaid.  But they didn’t promise good five cent coffee, so it wasn’t false advertising.  I will say, though, when driving through rural Washington, I got a cup of coffee at a gas station, and boy, was that not as good as a cup at a local coffeeshop.  It was a buck or so more expensive than Wall Drug’s, but still.  It was at a gas station.  They know how to brew a Cup o’ Joe in Washington, even next to an aisle of Slim Jim’s.

But it didn’t look like this.  For this, you have to drive into Seattle.

15
Oct 2012
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Enchanted World Doll Museum

(Mitchell, South Dakota)

Is that a doll museum or a fortress?  When I think of dolls, I don’t usually think “castle.”

Unless…

Oh no.  They’re enchanted dolls.  The museum curators are doing the best they can to prevent these tiny sorcerers from breaking free.  It all makes sense.   And “World” is right there in the name—they want to take over the world!  Who knows how many dolls are in there, just waiting for an uprising?  It’s near impossible to gauge the size of their army, what with those Russian nesting dolls.  Let’s just hope that castle can hold them.  As long as it stands firm, we should be safe.  Only humans can open doors.  Then again, if velociraptors can learn how to open doors, it’s only a matter of time before humanoid dolls will catch on.  We’re all doomed!

24
Sep 2012
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I drove how many hours FOR THIS?!

I drove how many hours FOR THIS?!

Be sure to visit Mount Rushmore when it isn’t foggy.

23
Aug 2012
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Custer State Park: South Dakota’s lesser-known gem

South Dakota tourism just doesn’t stop at Mount Rushmore. It doesn’t even stop at Wall Drug or Badlands National Park. No, the Plains State keeps its travel attractions coming with Custer State Park. It’s definitely the forgotten travel destination in an area overflowing with road trip-friendly stops. Well, tack this one on your road trip, too. With beautiful scenery, wildlife, and no Yellowstone-like traffic jams, Custer State Park is a must see for those who want the great American road trip experience.

03
Mar 2010
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Badlands National Park: see, South Dakota has more than Mount Rushmore

Whether you go camping here or just drive through on your American road trip towards Mount Rushmore, the Badlands National Park in South Dakota is definitely worth a visit. It’s a unique national park. Yellowstone and Yosemite don’t look anything like this guy.

03
Mar 2010
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