Tis' the season to start planning your Summer travels, and two places less than a day's drive away are showing up on a pair of National lists of small towns worthy of checking out.

Spearfish, South Dakota is number-11 on Thrillist's rundown of the '25 Best Small U.S. Cities to Spend the Weekend'.

The website recommends 'wandering deep into Spearfish Canyon or to the top of Lookout Mountain', and also checking out Spearfish Canyon Lodge. Foodwise, they suggest Rancher Tips at the Stadium Sports Grill with an IPA from Crow Peak, or a roadside Indian taco.

Over in Iowa, Lake Okoboji has been recognized by Cosmopolitan as one of the '30 Small Towns You Should Visit This Summer'.

Tops on Cosmo's 'Okoboji To-Do List' are the Iowa Great Lakes Maritime Museum at Arnold's Park and the Okoboji Summer Theatre at Stephens College.

This season's schedule:

  • The Spitfire Grill - June 14-19
  • A Murder is Announced - June 21-26
  • There Goes the Bride - June 28-July 3
  • Cinderella - July 5-10
  • You Can’t Take it With You - July 12-17
  • The Diary of Anne Frank - July 19-24
  • Ken Ludwig’s The Game’s Afoot; or Holmes for the Holidays - July 26-31
  • The Odd Couple - August 2-7
  • The Sound of Music - August 9-14

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