If you're like most people, when you're planning a long road trip you probably think you'll be able to just keep on going no matter what.

But if you're like me, you spend a lot of time planning and not enough time doing. Then you end up with too much to do before you leave, including cleaning the house, doing the dishes, and of course some last-minute laundry too.

Packing took forever and you didn't sleep very well the night before either, so you're already tired.

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Good thing there are plenty of rest stops across the state. Right? But how long can you legally sleep at a South Dakota rest stop?

Thanks to a camping website called The Boondocker's Bible, now I know something I didn't know before.

You are allowed to park at South Dakota rest stops for up to 3 hours unless you're driving a commercial vehicle, in which case, you can park for up to 10 hours.

What's the penalty for staying at a South Dakota rest stop for too long? The South Dakota State Code doesn't specifically name a dollar amount or penalty but does indicate the ability to levy a fine.

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You are not allowed to camp at South Dakota rest stops either. This is considered to be a petty offense you can be fined for, but again the amount is not mentioned.

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I guess 3 hours is a pretty good nap. But I imagine if you mind your own business and don't bother anybody at the rest stop, no one will tap on your window and tell you to move on either.

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When you're looking for some of the biggest ones of these on the planet, look no further than South Dakota.

You'll find them right under your nose.
Statista has compiled a list of the longest caves in the world and two of the top six are just 30 miles apart in the Black Hills.

10 Small-Town South Dakota Restaurants That Are Worth The Drive

The Sioux Empire is full of restaurants that are long-known to be local favorites.

Sure, they might be a short drive from home, but you won't regret the experience at these hometown mainstays.

Here are 10 of the best small-town restaurants in South Dakota.

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