Rapid City, South Dakota
Named one of the Midwest's greatest towns by Midwest Living | Travel, Rapid City is the second largest city in the state of South Dakota and is known as the "City of Presidents", with life-sized statues of our nation's presidents located along the streets of downtown. Rapid City is proud of its western and Native American heritage. Here, you'll find Native American history exhibits and fine arts displays at Prairie Edge, the Dahl Art Gallery and the Journey Museum.
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Where To Stay in Rapid City
Rapid City hotels are located near many of the 200 + dining options. Not only does Rapid City have great options for dining, but is also home to many great free family attractions.
What to Do in Rapid City
Rapid City, South Dakota is a 30-minute drive from Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Rapid City is also home to many of the Black Hills best family attractions, including Reptile Gardens, which houses the largest reptile collection in the world. You’ll also find Bear Country USA, Fort Hays Old West Town, The City of Presidents, the Journey Museum, Storybook Island, Main Street Square, Founding Fathers Black Hills and more.
Main Street Square, an outdoor venue featuring year-round events and live concerts, is in the heart of downtown. During the spring and summer months you can play in the interactive fountains, catch a movie under the stars and enjoy live music. In the fall and winter months, the fun continues with an outdoor ice-skating rink (opens in November), special winter events and holiday concerts.
In addition to Main Street Square, the quaint downtown area includes shops like Prairie Edge, which features authentic Plains Indian art and other beautiful handcrafted items. Downtown visitors can stroll through the City of Presidents, which features life-size bronzes of past American presidents on every street corner, and visit the Museum of Geology and the South Dakota Air & Space Museum on Ellsworth Air Force Base.