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! Three great attractions - Putz n Glo Black Light Mini Golf, Miner's Maze Human Maze Adventure, Finder's Keepers Gemstone Panning. One convenient location. Super savings with the Triple Play Pass.
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!
Located in the heart of Downtown Rapid City. It is a fun-filled public space that features special events, arts & culture, concerts, ice skating & interactive fountains. Main Street Square is a destination the whole family can enjoy. It's [Fun]2!
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.
More fun in an hour than should be legal! An escape is a great activity for all ages. Get the competition going and see what group can have the fastest escape time. All cell phones, keys, and personal belongings are locked up with the key in your possession so your only focus is on the experience of escaping.
The Black Hills Stock Show & Rodeo ® is the second largest event in the state of South Dakota following the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. An estimated attendance of 331,000 people attend the ten day event held annually the last weekend in January to the first weekend in February.
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
Gold Award winning hotel. Business center, free wireless internet, exercise room, guest laundry, indoor pool & whirlpool. Free hot breakfast.We have whirlpool & family suites too! Flat screen TV's. Easy access to Mt. Rushmore, Black Hills, Badlands, shopping, restaurants & more!
The Residence Inn by Marriott is coming Spring 2015. As one of the newest hotels in Rapid City, we will offer 145 guest suites, complimentary hot breakfast, abundant parking and a convenient location. Just a short drive from the top attractions in the Black Hills, make Residence Inn your home away from home.
Located in downtown Rapid City and 30 minutes from Mt. Rushmore, we will help make your trip one to remember. With sleeping rooms newly renovated in June 2014 and over 14,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, we will be able to exceed your expectations.
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.
You'll find easy access here, close to all there is to see & do in the beautiful Black Hills. Camp in a quiet & peaceful site among the whispering pines. We offer full & partial pull-thru RV sites, camping cabins as well as tent sites. Our "salt-water" outdoor pool is easy on the environment, skin & eyes. Count on clean restrooms & showers.
AAA 3 diamond, all suite hotel conveniently located off I-90 with easy access to area attractions. Every suite features fully-equipped kitchens complete with full-size refrigerators and stovetops. Hotel offers complimentary hot breakfast, high-speed internet, pool, and fitness center. Complimentary 24 hour shuttle service including downtown and airport.
Your best location for a Black Hills vacation. Top rated, full service resort, friendly service, free Wi-Fi at sites. All hookups, shelter, patio, heated pools, recreation center, reunion hall, playground, laundry, showers, groceries, gifts. Good Sam.
Exit 58 I-90 easy on/off. Your hotel headquarters for all Black Hills attractions. Free Wi-Fi, cable TV with HBO family. Fitness center, business center, complimentary expanded hot breakfast, in room coffee, heated outdoor pool, indoor hot tub, elevator. Adjacent to Chili's. Large vehicle parking.
“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 and Sliders Bar & Grill.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
No major trailhead nearby.