Nestled on the eastern foothills of the Black Hills, Rapid City shines as the hub of this legendary region's vacation activities. Five year-round museums, 17 movie theaters, eight area golf courses and more than 4,000 guest rooms in local hotels, motels, bed & breakfast inns, resorts and campgrounds accommodate visitors seeking fun and adventure. To the east lie the mysterious Badlands; to the north stands Devils Tower; turn south to Wind or Jewel Cave National Parks, Custer State Park, or Crazy Horse Mountain carving now in progress; or head 23 miles to majestic Mount Rushmore.
Also, each year there are hundreds of events in Rapid City, from concerts, hockey games, fairs, festivals, stock shows and much more!
Join the Fun! Black Light Mini Golf, shining a new light on a timeless classic. Put your putting skills to the test for 18 holes while you enjoy awesome music and artwork in an 8,000 square foot indoor facility. Mini Golf that will ROCK you!
Your journey in the Black Hills starts here. 4 great collections for 1 low price. Learn & play all day, experience interactive displays & exhibits, plus special theater presentations daily. You will begin at the dawn of time & travel through the universe. Conveniently located in downtown Rapid City.
Experience the greatest chuckwagon style dinner & music variety show! Come early and browse the SD Film Museum, film set from "Dances With Wolves," calvary headquarters building, supply house and much more!
For over 10 years, Flags and Wheels has been a family-run business focusing on fun for the whole family. From kids to adults, Flags and Wheels has something for everyone! You won’t find another Black Hills attraction quite like it!
Experience your American Journey at the SD Air & Space Museum located just outside the main gate at Ellsworth Air Force Base in the beautiful Black Hills of SD. Our legendary exhibits showcase our American journey, celebrates those military personnel who have sacrificed so much for our country, and tells the stories of not only past aviation but inspires the future of aerospace.
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Saturday, Apr. 15, 2017 | 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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Saturday, May 6, 2017 | 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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Saturday, June 3, 2017 | 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Things to See & Do
“City of Presidents” sculptures in Rapid City reveal this region’s patriotism and fondness for our nation’s leaders. In fact, Rapid City has been honored with the designation of "Most Patriotic Best Small Town in the United States" in part because of this fantastic city tour. Standing or seated on busy street corners downtown, life-sized bronze statues of 42 U.S. Presidents surprise pedestrians and motorists.
Mount Rushmore National Memorial is a large-scale mountain sculpture by artist Gutzon Borglum. The figures of America's most prominent U.S.
If you like taking risks but you’re not quite up to climbing a 7,500-foot mountain or skydiving, gambling in South Dakota may be just the vacation fun you are looking for! Visitors who prefer testing their luck at slot machines, blackjack or poker will find plenty of delight in Vegas-style gaming at Deadwood's thirty casinos. Throughout the state you will find nine Tribal Casinos and statewide video lottery machines.
The Black Hills are full of monumental works of both man and nature, evident too in the world-class hiking, biking, motorized and non-motorized trail offerings one can find here. Whether hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, ATVing or snowmobiling, the uncrowded, natural surroundings of the Black Hills and Badlands are an outdoor mecca with over 450 miles spread across 75 different trails.
Places to Stay
“Wake up on the bright side.” Newly remodeled, beautiful & spacious guest rooms each equipped w/ refrigerator & microwave. Complimentary deluxe continental breakfast, free wireless Internet, business center, fitness room, guest laundry & much more. Pets welcomed. Meeting rooms available. Conveniently attached to WaTiki Indoor Waterpark, Sliders Bar & Marco's Pizza.
Newly remodeled, 54 room hotel with lounge and casino. Free continental breakfast, outdoor heated swimming pool and new fitness room. We are conveniently located just blocks off of downtown and near many of the sporting facilities in the city.
Platinum awarding winning hotel 100% non smoking. Spacious suites, sleeping up to 6 people- perfect for families! Free internet, business center, fitness room, pool, hot tub, guest laundry, and free deluxe hot breakfast. Convention center/meeting space available. Steakhouse directly in front of hotel. Easy access to: shopping, Mt. Rushmore, all attractions, national and state parks.
Found in the heart of Downtown Rapid City, 2 blocks from Main Street Square and 2 blocks from the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, The Rushmore Hotel is the place to relax and delight in the true character of Rapid City. Exceptional accommodations that incorporate the beauty of the natural surroundings are found from the moment you arrive. A 60 foot medallion of Mt.
King/queen beds, newly remodeled and smoke free rooms available. Pet friendly. Free Wi-Fi, cable, HBO. Microwave and refrigerators in all units. New Hideaway Casino, Rushmore Crossing, miniature golf, and restaurants. Visa, Master Card, Discover, & American Express accepted. Large parking area.
Off I-90 and 4 miles from the Museum of Geology, this casual hotel is 6 miles from the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center and The Journey Museum and Gardens.
The bright rooms feature free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs, as well as mini-fridges, microwaves and coffeemakers. Suites add sitting areas with pull-out sofas.
Shade and quiet location next to Canyon Lake on Rapid City's west side. Just 30 minutes to Mt. Rushmore and centrally located to all Black Hills attractions. AAA & Good Sam. Full hook up 30/50 amp, level, and some pull thrus. Cable TV, Free Wi-Fi. Tent sites. Fully furnished and equipped 1, 2, 3, & 4 bedroom cottages. Large vacation home sleeps 12-14 people.
TeePee is a small, quiet campground and RV Park. Close to town and central to all Black Hills attractions. Reasonable rates. 30-50 amp electricity, easy, roomy pull-thrus, laundry, showers, free Wi-Fi, sleeping cabins, tent sites, monthly rates. Rental cars and tours available. Good Sam.
Stay in a piece of Black Hills History at our newly opened B&B. Enjoy a pampered stay surrounded by antiques, eating gourmet food on crystal, china, and silver.
Located 2 blocks north of the Civic Center, makes it a short walk to activities there and downtown dining & shopping. Free Wi-Fi and cable. Advance booking please. No smoking/pets. Visa/Mastercard accepted.
"I love this country." We have beautiful updated contemporary decor featuring complimentary deluxe breakfast bar, free Wi-Fi, indoor pool with 100' water slide, fitness center, business center & much more at our award winning hotel. Rushmore Mall & theaters within walking distance. AAA 3 Diamond rated.
Places to Eat
From Horseshoes to Harley's...everyone is WELCOME! The best 1/2 lb. hamburger's, ice cold beer and liquor east of Rapid City! The 108 yr. old building is a historical place where old friends meet and new ones are made. New menu, including a Tuesday night family supper, and home style breakfast on Friday and Saturday morning's.
Family owned & operated. Open 7 days a week. Serving locally raised buffalo & a full menu. Outdoor patio dining, families, groups, parties. Live entertainment. Enjoy service and food South Dakota style!
Ranking in the top 10 Best Restaurants in Rapid City on TripAdvisor, NOSH Mobile Eatery's offerings are sure to please! They have a huge local following and have been featured in Local and National online/prints articles and blogs. Make sure to check their Facebook for Updated Locations and Menu!
Get your day started right. Open for breakfast 7 days a week (seasonally). Dinner starts at 4pm. Great food, nightly specials, cold beer & great stories! Outdoor dining. On your way to Mt. Rushmore on Hwy 16A, just 8 minutes from Rapid City & 15 minutes from Mt. Rushmore. Call ahead for take-out.
It’s a “hole” new healthy & delicious experience for breakfast & lunch! The baking starts at 3am w/ 28 varieties of scratch- made, preservative- free, cowboy size bagels. We blend our own 18 cream cheese flavors w/ real fruit & fresh cut veggies.
Minervas is a proud South Dakota company offering a local history of serving up delicious menu options, with a side of detailed service. Steaks, seafood, pasta. Specialty salad bar, divine desserts, inviting bar with happy hour and Sunday brunch. Warm and friendly. Great for the entire family. Eat, celebrate and support local!
No major trailhead nearby.