Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Society: De Smet, S.D.; www.discoverlaura.org or (800) 880-3383, Ext. 2. Hours: in August, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily; in September and October, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday and closed Sundays; November through March, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday; April and May, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday and closed Sundays. Adults $7, children 6 and up, $4.
Getting there: From Sioux Falls, S.D., 95 miles. Take Interstate 29 north to Brookings (50 miles), turn west on Highway 14 (45 miles). From Rapid City, 325 miles. Take I-90 east to Mitchell, take Highway 37 north to Highway 34, turn east on Highway 34, turn north on Highway 25.
What to see: Two historic homes where the family of Laura Ingalls Wilder lived are open for tours. Sixteen other sites mentioned in Wilder's "Little House" book series are in the De Smet area.
Ingalls Homestead Laura's Living Prairie, 20812 Homestead Road, De Smet, S.D.; www.ingallshomestead.com or (800) 776-3594, one mile southeast of De Smet. Open daily Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.
Laura Ingalls Wilder Pageant, www.desmetpageant.org or (800) 776-3594. Held annually in July.
Other Ingalls homes are in Pepin, Wis., where Laura Ingalls Wilder Days are celebrated Sept. 10-11, www.pepinwisconsin.com or (800) 442-3011; Independence, Kan., www.littlehouseonprairie.com or (620) 289-4238; Walnut Grove, Minn., www.walnutgrove.org/museum.htm or (800) 528-7280; Burr Oak, Iowa, www.lauraingallswilder.us or (563) 735-5916 and Mansfield, Mo., www.lauraingallswilderhome.com or (417) 924-3626.