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February 11, 2016

Chuck Grassley and the Magical Honeymoon History Tour

Sen. Charles E. Grassley is spending part of the August recess revisiting many of the same natural wonders and tourist traps he and his wife, Barbara, would have swooned over during their original honeymoon.



The Iowa Republican, who has famously feuded with the History Channel over its lack of focus, appears to be taking one of the most patriotic trips ever.

Due to the fact that he’s being stingy with the roadside imagery (perhaps it’s time to add Instagram to your social media arsenal, senator), HOH has cobbled together an ersatz travelogue so you can follow along with the reminiscing lovebirds.

Badlands National Park

The first stop on the Grassleys’ trip down memory road.

Mitchell Corn Palace

Come for the corn murals. Stay for the … um, corn murals?

Wall Drug

Western art. Faux mining camp. Tchothckes. What’s not to like?

McGovern Legacy Museum

A new addition to the Grassleys’ road trip, this tribute to late Sen. George S. McGovern, D-S.D., was added to the Dakota Wesleyan University campus in 2006.

Mount Rushmore

Same stoic mugs. Brighter outlook for future visitors.

Crazy Horse Memorial

Grassley appreciates the progress being made on the slowly emerging homage to Lakota leader and Battle of Little Bighorn vet, Crazy Horse.

If you happen to be in the Midwest and find yourself next to a grinning Grassley, shoot us over a pic ( so we can continue fleshing out this vacation album.


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  • KarenJ

    “Grassley appreciates the progress being made on the slowly emerging homage to Lakota leader and Battle of Little Bighorn vet, Crazy Horse.”

    Is that a recent picture? I could swear, the profile of the sculpture on the mountainside looks EXACTLY like it did when my hubby and I toured through S.D. in the 1980s.

    FWIW, I’ve never cared much for the carving even in its miniaturized form in the foreground, because the body proportions seemed amateurish.

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