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Center of the Nation Monument

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Address: 415 5th Ave, Belle Fourche, SD 57717
Phone Number:
16057231200
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Tue - Sat 10:00 - 04:00
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The monument behind the visitor center is open 24/7. It is in a park...

The monument behind the visitor center is open 24/7. It is in a park setting and always available for viewing and photos. The Center of the Nation Visitor Center's winter hours are 10am to 4pm Tuesday through Saturday.

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An unique roadside attraction. The Geographic Center of the Nation. This happened in 1959 when Hawaii and Alaska gained statehood. In addition to the Monument, there is a museum... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Doug H
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Olympia, Washington
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Olympia, Washington
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54 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

An unique roadside attraction. The Geographic Center of the Nation. This happened in 1959 when Hawaii and Alaska gained statehood. In addition to the Monument, there is a museum, memorials, and nice well kept grounds to enjoy. In my opinion, it's worth the stop.

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Thank Doug H
Omaha, Nebraska
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were there on a Sunday. A cold and rainy Sunday. We still walked around the monument though. Spoiler: it's a big compass. I think the plaque out front makes reference to the real location though. Real location is about 20 minutes North off the highway, on a dirt road marked "old us hwy *insert number here*". Take that left... More 

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Thank Nick R
Columbus
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2016

This is a nice museum and tourist attraction. The only downside was finding out that the actual center is located about 20 miles NW of here in some farmer's/rancher's field and not really accessible. Other than that, this is worth your while to drive here and see the place.

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Thank cyclop
harrisburg, PA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 162 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

It is definitely worth taking the detour off of Route 90 to visit this little gem. Of course seeing the center of the country is fun as well as learning how it was calculated and how it has moved over the years, the museum was interesting, the Johnny Spaulding cabin which was built in 1876 by an early pioneer was... More 

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Thank francetravel
Downers Grove, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

Great place to visit. Interesting and well kept up. Is next to the Tri-State Museum and has a walking path nearby.

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Thank Lynn S
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

We finally located it as part of the Tri State Museum. The grounds were very nice. All the state flags were there. Nice place for a pit stop. The museum has a lot of stuff to take a peak at also.

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Thank janelle h
Mesa, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 173 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

There is a nice little museum for free. A gift store and of coarse the monument. Very well built clean and worth a few pictures. If we had more time would of like to been to the "real" center that is close and they will give you directions. Worth the stop. Fun.

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Viborg Usa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016

This was a fun little stop on our tour of the Black Hills. The monument is not the "actual" center but it's close. There is a wonderful museum at the monument which highlights much of the area's history. The staff was very helpful and friendly, truly felt as if you are the "Center" of attention.

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Los Angeles, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

Be advised the museum is closed Sunday and Monday. That does not stop you from going to the monument behind the building. Always open. Others have detailed the are so I need not repeat.

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Thank Hal R
Englewood, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016

While the actual center is 20 miles from here on private land you can take the drive out to it. There is a flag and a maker in a field, but this was close enough for us. Beautiful monument. There is also a small cabin there and the staff was kind enough to open it for us and give us... More 

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