In Rapid City, you’ll discover something bigger. Nestled on the eastern foot of the Black Hills of South Dakota, this vibrant city shines as the headquarters of this legendary region’s vacation activities and is beckoning to be explored.
Whether you’re seeing the sights for the first time or planning a return trip for more of the Black Hills experiences, Rapid City is a must do on your vacation. Minutes from iconic stops like Mount Rushmore National Memorial, the ongoing carving of Crazy Horse Memorial, the majestic Badlands National Park, or Custer State Park which is one of the largest state parks in the United States. Rapid City is also a short drive from the breathtaking underground views of the third longest cave in the world Jewel Cave National Monument, and the stunning Wind Cave National Park.
Downtown Rapid City offers urban pleasures and the excitement and charm of an authentic, cultural crossroads. In the heart of downtown you’ll find Main Street Square, a fun-filled public space hosting more than 150 special events each year ranging from live concerts to family friendly festivals. Add to the downtown experience with a walk through the locals’ favorite Art Alley! Here the language of the artistic community comes alive on a canvas comprised of building walls. Art mixes with history during the City of Presidents walking tour. This self-guided walking tour guides you throughout downtown where you’ll discover the life-size bronze statues of past American Presidents. Make an educational stop at The Journey Museum & Learning Center where you’ll walk through a display showcasing the history and story of our region. Downtown Rapid City is also home to palate pleasing restaurants, local breweries and a winery, as well as an assortment of unique shops. To top off your downtown experience shop for authentic hand-crafted Native American souvenirs in Prairie Edge Trading Co. & Galleries.
Finding your way to Rapid City is seamless and within a day’s drive of gateway cities such as Denver, Minneapolis and Chicago. Direct air service into Rapid City is also available via American, Delta, United and Allegiant Airlines. A broad spectrum of lodging options is available within the city. Whether you prefer traditional, contemporary, eco-friendly, historical, or the hospitality of well-known brands, you will find a favorite place to stay in Rapid City within your budget and taste.
The spectacular scenery of the Black Hills paired with a local culture rich with history and artistic expression make Rapid City your ideal home base, leaving you both inspired and satisfied. Find a complete look at all of Rapid City’s offerings, sample itineraries, Top Ten Lists and more at VisitRapidCity.com.