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Attractions

  • City of Presidents +

    City of Presidents Life-size bronze statues of past U.S. Presidents welcome pedestrians and motorists alike to downtown Rapid City. Take a self-guided walking tour to view each of the prestigious individuals who have left their mark on this great nation.
  • City Parks +

    City Parks Rapid City is blessed with a plethora of parks, each offering beautifully landscaped spaces and recreation opportunities for the young and young-at-heart. Get up close and personal with a section of the Berlin Wall as well as honor the victims of the 1972 flood at Memorial Park. Stop at Canyon Lake Park to feed the ducks or drop a fishing line in the water.
  • Dining +

    Dining Casual and fine dining opportunities abound at our many restaurants, cafes, chuck wagons, and supper clubs. Choose from a dizzying array of South Dakota delicacies such as walleye, buffalo, or pheasant or go for something more mainstream.
  • Badlands National Park +

    Badlands National Park Encompassing 244,000 acres of heavily eroded buttes, pinnacles and spires, the Badlands were originally named ''mako sica'' by the Lakota, meaning ''land bad''. Become immersed in Native American culture while enjoying the barren yet indescribably beautiful landscape. Some of the world's greatest fossil beds can be found nestled amongst the largest mixed grass prairie in the National Park System.
  • Black Hills National Forest +

    Black Hills National Forest Established in 1897, the Black Hills National Forest encompasses 1.2 million acres of public lands managed by the USDA Forest Service to support a variety of industries and users. The National Forest boasts 30 campgrounds, 11 reservoirs well stocked for sport fishing and over 450 miles of trails. Hike one of the multiple trails that lead to the summit of Harney Peak, the highest peak east of the Rockies, and bask in the view laid out before you.
  • Crazy Horse Memorial +

    Crazy Horse Memorial When complete, Crazy Horse will measure a staggering 641 feet wide and 563 feet high, making it the largest sculpture in the world! Conceived as a way to honor the culture, tradition and heritage of North American Indians, the memorial also consists of the Indian Museum of North America and the Native American Cultural Center.
  • Custer State Park +

    Custer State Park At 71,000 acres, Custer State Park is beckoning visitors to come and explore the history and abundant natural resources within its boundaries. The State Game Lodge served as President Calvin Coolidge's "Summer White House" in 1927. Nearly 1,500 head of buffalo call the park home along with antelope, elk, burros, wild turkeys, bighorn sheep and mountain lions. Activities for the outdoor enthusiast include hiking 7,242 foot Harney Peak, mountain biking, horseback riding and rock climbing. Enjoy the Needles Highway scenic drive as it twists and turns past towering rock formations and passes through narrow rock tunnels.
  • Deadwood +

    Deadwood From painstakingly restored casinos to grand hotels, the entire town of Deadwood is listed as a National Historic Landmark. Drop a quarter in a slot or play a hand of black jack before grabbing a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants. Spend some time at the Adam's House & Museum, wander with the spirits of Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane at Mount Moriah Cemetery or ride the trolley through the streets of town.
  • Mickelson Trail +

    Mickelson Trail Gentle slopes and easy access allow people of all ages and abilities to enjoy the 114-mile George S. Mickelson Trail. Bicyclists, hikers and horseback riders alike can explore spruce and ponderosa pine forests. Built along an abandoned rail line, over 100 converted railroad bridges and four hard rock tunnels are located along the trail.
  • Mt. Rushmore +

    Mt. Rushmore A symbol of American democracy and patriotism since its completion in 1941, Mount Rushmore touches the hearts of more than three million visitors annually, stirring emotions as few other attractions do. Carved by Gutzon Borglum and 400 workers from October 4, 1927 to October 31, 1941, the granite faces of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln tower a staggering 5,500 feet above sea level. The Lincoln Borglum Museum serves as the main visitor center. While there, catch the 13 minute movie about Mt. Rushmore and meander through the many exhibits.  Walk along the Presidential Trail and soak up spectacular up-close views of the memorial. The Sculptor's Studio features discussions with park rangers about the monument's construction and the tools and models used to carve it.  The Evening Lighting Ceremony, held nightly during the summer months, consists of a brief ranger talk and a short film. Audience members sing the National Anthem as the monument is lit at the end of the program --  a fitting tribute to a beloved monument and nation.
  • Spearfish Canyon +

    Spearfish Canyon "The most magnificent canyon in the West." So proclaimed Frank Lloyd Wright during his 1935 visit to Spearfish Canyon. At 20 miles long and less than one mile wide, Spearfish Canyon is 12 times older than the Grand Canyon. Spend an afternoon fishing for trout in the cool waters of Spearfish Creek or take a drive along the Scenic Byway and enjoy abundant, diverse vegetation and awe inspiring rock formations and waterfalls
  • Golf +

    Golf Tee up on a mild South Dakota day at any of the 19 golf courses in the Black Hills, many of which have been listed among the top courses in America by Golf Digest.  Rapid City alone offers three nine-hole courses and four public eighteen-hole courses.
  • Museums +

    Museums Located in the heart of Rapid City, The Journey Museum showcases the history of the Black Hills and surrounding plains from the unique perspective of both the Lakota people and pioneers. World-class exhibits are sure to be enjoyed by all! The Museum of Geology, located on the campus of the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, is a leader in conserving the rich geological heritage of South Dakota and the Black Hills and contains an impressive collection of unique and often rare specimens and minerals.
  • Shopping +

    Shopping Whatever treasure your heart desires can be found in Rapid City and the Black Hills area. Delight in genuine Black Hills Gold jewelry, handcrafted Sioux bead work, South Dakota made products, original Western art, antiques and much, much more.
  • Stavkirke Chapel +

    Stavkirke Chapel Velkommen to Chapel in the Hills! Pause for a moment and reflect on life's bounty in the quiet solitude of the chapel, an exact reproduction of the famous Borgund Stavkirke of Laerdal, Norway.
  • The Arts +

    The Arts Located in downtown Rapid City, the Dahl Arts Center offers people the opportunity to explore the arts in a multitude of ways and has become recognized statewide for programming excellence.The Black Hills Community Theatre provides high-quality theatrical opportunities and productions for the Black Hills region. Enjoy Broadway-quality shows during the summer months at Black Hills Playhouse in Custer State Park.
  • The Sioux Nation +

    The Sioux Nation By the early 19th century, the Great Sioux nation dominated the northern Plains, including most of South Dakota. Become immersed in the many places and faces associated with this great nation – Little Big Horn River, Wounded Knee, Crazy Horse, Sitting Bull, Red Cloud. Enjoy the many cultural influences still felt today!
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