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What you should know about Rapid City

Rapid City, the second-largest city in South Dakota, is best known as the gateway to the legendary Black Hills. Founded in the heady optimism of the gold rush, the town suffered mixed fortunes until its faltering tourist trade was given a huge boost with the giant presidential rock carvings of nearby Mount Rushmore. People still flock to see this wonder of the modern world, while today’s flourishing metropolis of Rapid City is a cultural hub for the state as well as a burgeoning leader in scientific research.

Hotels in Rapid City


Accommodation in Rapid City varies from affordable options to more upscale establishments. Stay close to the action at the Comfort Inn And Suites, a popular downtown Rapid City budget hotel with its own indoor pool and spa tub. Enjoy a stay at the Hotel Alex Johnson Rapid City, Curio Collection by Hilton, a top-rated 3-star Rapid City hotel with a history almost as long as its name. Housed in a landmark building dating from 1928, the hotel prides itself on its handcrafted décor and carefully preserved original features. Head for the hills at the Coyote Blues Village Bed and Breakfast, a cozy Rapid City B&B where satisfying European-style breakfasts are served up by its Swiss owners.

Things to see in Rapid City


Many visitors come to Rapid City en route to the Black Hills, Mount Rushmore, or Custer State Park. But there’s much more to this historic community than an overnight stop can reveal. The city has a thriving cultural scene, with its own symphony and theater company. The Performing Arts Center of Rapid City promotes a wide range of professional performances and community events in a beautifully restored Art Deco theater. The Dahl Arts Center is a popular showcase for contemporary art and also runs a variety of practical workshops and a pioneering Emerging Artists program. Elvis Presley himself gave one of his final appearances on the star-studded opening night of the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center. This spectacular venue is one of the largest in the state, hosting major sporting events along with the annual Black Hills Stock Show and Rodeo and the city’s popular Heritage Festival.

Good for families


This eminently livable city makes an ideal base for a family vacation, with plenty to keep even the pickiest kids entertained. The Journey Museum explores the heritage of the Black Hills, including a display of historic Sioux Indian artifacts—check the program for special Family Fun Days with film showings and craft activities. The Museum of Geology is another great option for a family day out, featuring dinosaur skeletons and rare fossils, as well as plenty of hands-on action. Older children will enjoy an unusual introduction to American history on Rapid City’s popular trail “The City of Presidents.” These life-size bronze statues of US presidents were created by local sculptors.

How to get to Rapid City


Rapid City Regional Airport welcomes a number of domestic flights from many major US hubs. The best way to reach your Rapid City hotel from the airport is to book a cab, or pick up a rental car. If you’re already on the road, you’ll find several interstates feeding into Rapid City and its surrounding communities. Getting around Rapid City is easy as a municipal bus network serves downtown destinations. Many of Rapid City’s most popular attractions are also within walking distance of the center.