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2017 Northern Plains / Winnipeg Canada Trip

June 13-18th 2,968 miles in 5 days, more miles than San Francisco to New York City

Main purpose of this trip was knock out the last of the geographical points of interest, center of the nation and center of North America as well as Northern Most of the 48 states.

On this trip 6 states, CO / WY / SD / ND / MT / MN and two Candiana provinces Saskatchewan and Manitoba (both new)

Tuesday, June 13th

Sunset 8:47pm for Gillette, WY

1 hour from Airport

NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory tour

325 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80305

The NOAA Boulder Gift Shop is located in the David Skaggs Research Center, Room 1C307, just off the main lobby. Regular hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, from 12:00 Noon – 1:00 PM.  include stops at the Space Weather Prediction Center, ESRL Global Monitoring Division for information on the carbon dioxide record, the National Weather Service Forecast Office, and Science On a Sphere.


Smallest zip code – Buford Trading Post  – 2 Sammons Ln, Buford, WY 82052

Howard Johnson Inn Gillette  1004 East Highway 14-16, Gillette, WY 82716

Wednesday, June 14th

Sunrise 5:13am Sunset 9:39pm Bismarck, ND

Leave 7am 1 hour drive  to Devils Tower Visitor Center, 340 WY-110, Devils Tower, WY 82714

Leave 9:30am Take route 112 to get Montana signs and Wyoming state signs  44.998498, -104.366632 one hour

Leave 36 miles to  Geographic Center of the Nation Monument   415 5th Ave, Belle Fourche, SD 57717

Noon pm leave for  25 minutes to True geographical center of the nation  Old US Hwy 85

Belle Fourche, SD 57717  |  44.967672, -103.772797

Teddy Roosevelt national park 3 hours away  Leave 1pm for 7 hours to Rugby with a stop in Center, ND

Near Rugby, Norway Lutheran Church maybe for sunset

53rd St N

Towner, ND 58788

48.181751, -100.614544

Double Rainbow outside of Center, North Dakota

Thursday, June 15th

Center of North America – 272 US-2 Rugby, ND 58368  48.354404, -99.997993

Northern Lights Tower 100-198 65th St NE, Rugby, ND 58368

Pioneer Village

40 minutes north to San Haven Sanatorium San Haven RdDunseith, ND 58329  48.835403, -100.042805

16 minutes to International Peace Garden, 10939 Highway 281, Boissevain, MB R0K 0E0, Canada

Esplanade Riel Winnipeg 467-677 Tache Ave

Winnipeg, MB R2H, Canada

49.890940, -97.124773

Spend the night in Winnipeg

Curtis Gordon Motor Hotel  1011 Henderson Highway, R2K 2M2 Winnipeg, Canada



Friday, June 16th

Royal Canadian Mint morning tour 520 Lagimodière Blvd, Winnipeg, MB R2J 3E7, Canada

Canadian Museum for Human Rights 85 Israel Asper Way, Winnipeg, MB R3C 0L5, Canada

Longitudinal Centre of Canada in Winnipeg, Canada (outside of Winnipeg on way to Northwest Angle) 

Jerry’s Restaurant & Lounge, 7609 Young’s Bay Dr NW, Angle Inlet, MN 56711

Jerry’s is the furthest north bar in the lower 48 and the only one on mainland at the Northwest Angle. Located right on beautiful Lake of the Woods!!

9394 Golf Course Rd NW, Angle Inlet, MN 56711

Guest Lodge – 1937 North Broadway, Minot, ND 58703, United States of America

Saturday, June 17th

SK-39, North Portal, SK S0C 1W0, Canada, go to the Saskatchewan Visitor Reception Centre in north portal.




Abandoned church 8546 100th St NW

Lignite, ND 58752

48.865333, -102.578834

1 hour to Sacred Stone Camp standing rock reservation 46.416866, -100.616249

4.5 drive to Wall Drug Store

Address:  510 Main St., Wall, SD

Daily 6:30 am – 8 pm. (Call to verify) 

M Star Rapid City hotel  2401 Mount Rushmore Road, Rapid City, SD 57701

A common sight with Open Skies and few trees in the Northern Plains

Sunday, June 18th

Deadwood, South Dakota see Billy the Kid grave and other paranormal hotspots

Crazy Horse Monument


Due to 5 hour drive to Denver Airport in order to be on time for the flight, I had to skip Wind Cave as the I was literally 1 minute past the cut off time as the person in front of me had 3 credit cards decline so left there for Denver at a more leisure place.

Skipped the following places though on this trip.

Badlands National Park

The North American pole of inaccessibility is located at 43°22′N 101°58′W, about eleven miles (18 km) southeast of the town of Kyle on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in Bennett County, South Dakota, 1,025 miles (1,650 km) from the nearest coastline.

43°21’36.0″N 101°58’12.0″W

43.360000, -101.970000

The pole is unmarked, but can be found in a gully near a small copse of trees. The spot sits over 1,000 miles from the nearest coast, making it literally the most Middle American place in Middle America. The land where the pole is found is owned by the Oglala Sioux Tribe on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, but there is no one living within a few miles of the pole itself.

Wind Cave National Park – 26611 US Highway 385
Hot Springs, SD 57747

Natural Entrance Tours – 8:40, 9:20, 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 1:00, 2:00, 3:00, 4:00, 5:00, 5:30 and 6:00

Mount Rushmore