Rapid City

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Rapid City showing mountains, tranquil scenes and a gorge or canyon

Serving as the Midwest’s gateway to outdoor adventure, this South Dakota city is also regarded as a hub of arts and culture.

Located in southwestern South Dakota, Rapid City is a popular destination because of its close proximity to several famous landmarks. Mount Rushmore National Memorial is only 25 miles (40 kilometers) away, Crazy Horse Memorial 35 miles (55 kilometers) and Badlands National Park 60 miles (95 kilometers). Black Hills National Forest is nearby as well. These outdoor destinations are all accessible day trips.

The city and surrounding area are laced with walking and hiking trails. Cyclists travel from across the country to bike along Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway and Needles Highway. Iron Mountain Road, which stretches between Rapid City and Mount Rushmore, is widely regarded as one of the state’s best scenic drives. Enjoy other popular activities including golf, rock climbing, horseback riding and fishing.

Treat your family to a thrilling experience at Reptile Gardens, a park where children can pet tortoises, watch a snake show or stroll through the Sky Dome. Next, step back in time at Dinosaur Park, where you can learn about archaeology and climb atop some of the center’s massive dinosaur statues.

Originally called “Hay Camp," Rapid City was a resting spot for mid-1800s explorers headed to the Black Hills in search of gold. Although the city is now a comfortably modern destination, vestiges of its “Wild West” past remain in its historical downtown. Learn about the city’s past at the Journey Museum, which is filled with interactive exhibits everyone will enjoy.

Main Street Square, the heart of Rapid City, features year-round events ranging from free concerts to ice skating. After visiting the area’s galleries, shops and breweries, stroll down Art Alley, a nationally renowned public art space. Pose next to your favorite president in the City of Presidents community artwork, life-size bronze statues scattered throughout downtown.

Rapid City’s downtown is compact so it’s easy to walk between attractions in the area. City View Trolley is another way to get around, offering an old-time ride to the area’s top sites. Domestic flights arrive and depart daily from Rapid City Regional Airport. Interstate 90 runs alongside the city, making it easily accessible if you are traveling by car.

Where to stay in Rapid City

Econo Lodge Black Hills
Econo Lodge Black Hills
2 out of 5
625 E Disk Dr, Rapid City, SD
The price is £44 per night from 3 Oct to 3 Oct
Situated in Rapid City, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Rushmore Mall and Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf. Journey Museum & Learning Center and Central States ...
3.1/5 (922 reviews)
"Good location. expensive"

Reviewed on 24 Sep 2021

Econo Lodge Black Hills
Serena Inn & Suites- Rapid City
Serena Inn & Suites- Rapid City
2.5 out of 5
2124 N Lacrosse St, Rapid City, SD
The price is £56 per night from 1 Oct to 1 Oct
Situated in Rapid City, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf and Rushmore Mall. Journey Museum & Learning Center and Central ...
3.3/5 (667 reviews)
"……"

Reviewed on 24 Sep 2021

Serena Inn & Suites- Rapid City
Tru by Hilton Rapid City Rushmore
Tru by Hilton Rapid City Rushmore
2.5 out of 5
825 Elgin St, Bldg B, Rapid City, SD
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £52 per night from 11 Oct to 11 Oct
Located in the heart of Rapid City, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Central States Fairgrounds, Rushmore Plaza Civic Center and Main Street Square. Dakota ...
4.3/5Excellent! (559 reviews)
"The room was a little smaller than expected by Hilton."

Reviewed on 23 Sep 2021

Tru by Hilton Rapid City Rushmore
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Home2 Suites by Hilton Rapid City
Home2 Suites by Hilton Rapid City
3 out of 5
621 Watiki Way, Rapid City, SD
The price is £39 per night from 17 Oct to 17 Oct
Situated near the airport, this aparthotel is 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Dakota Fields Sports Complex and within 6 miles (10 km) of Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf and ...
4.4/5Excellent! (917 reviews)
"We liked the staff at this property. They were friendly and informative. We thought that the breakfast, however, was mediocre compared to other places we've stayed in our cross-country trip. The fruit was minimal, there was one kind of yogurt with one flavor. It was not bad, but could have been ..."

Reviewed on 18 Sep 2021

Home2 Suites by Hilton Rapid City
GrandStay Residential Suites - Rapid City
GrandStay Residential Suites - Rapid City
2.5 out of 5
660 Disk Dr, Rapid City, SD
The price is £53 per night from 10 Oct to 10 Oct
Situated in Rapid City, this aparthotel is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Rushmore Mall, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Central States Fairgrounds and Monument Health. Dinosaur ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (1,393 reviews)
"it was clean and available"

Reviewed on 21 Sep 2021

GrandStay Residential Suites - Rapid City
Let's Go Camping! Private site RV - Winnebago Brave Motor Home with Full Hookups
Let's Go Camping! Private site RV - Winnebago Brave Motor Home with Full Hookups
2102 Creek Dr, Rapid City, SD
Located in the heart of Rapid City, this holiday home is within 3 miles (5 km) of Central States Fairgrounds, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and ...
5/5Exceptional! (3 reviews)
"This was a motorhome, small but comfy. Our 1st experience staying in one. Owners were great, very helpful."

Reviewed on 14 Sep 2021

Let's Go Camping! Private site RV - Winnebago Brave Motor Home with Full Hookups
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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