Originally a mining town, Rapid City has blossomed into a center for culture, shopping, and research in South Dakota. Located just a stone’s throw from iconic Mount Rushmore in the Black Hills of South Dakota, you can take your pick from the array of activities in the area. Indoor and outdoor water parks, interactive museums, and wildlife exhibits are just some of the activities you can get up to on your visit to Rapid City.
Most travelers to Rapid City will want to stay within easy access to Mount Rushmore, and it could not be easier. There are over 200 hotels in Rapid City to choose from and all are just a short drive 30-minute drive to Mount Rushmore National Memorial Park.
A popular place to stay in the city, with easy transport links is Main Street Square , which is right in the heart of Downtown Rapid City. It is a fun-filled and action-packed hub in the city and hosts many special events, live concerts, and art exhibits. If you are interested in art, a stroll through Art Alley is a must-do. What started out as a public art project in 2005 has now become a tribute to freedom of expression of the city. Wander the artistically embellished lanes and alleys to see some of the State’s best graffiti and street artists’ work.
Also close to Downtown and Main Street Square is the famous Dinosaur Park. Located high on a ridge of exposed sandstone that encircles the black hills, this is a great viewing point in the city. As you stand on Dinosaur Park, you can take in the amazing 100-mile view across the state.
For a holiday filled with shopping, dining and entertainment, choose to stay near Rushmore Mall. It offers a range of well-known stores for an afternoon of retail therapy. On top of that, it is located close to Watiki Water Park, which makes for the perfect day outing for the family when the sun is shining.
Rapid City is generally ideal for the budget traveler looking to experience all of South Dakota’s wonders as Rapid City has 105 2 star hotels. With prices starting from just
For a more luxurious stay, Rapid City’s 4 star hotels are located outside of the city hub, but offer stunning views over the Black Hill National Forest. Travelers looking to explore Rapid City and the great outdoors that surround it with their four-legged friends can stay in one of the city’s 31 pet-friendly hotels.
Should you be traveling to Rapid City for business, you can choose from almost 40 business hotels that cater to your business needs. Expect super-fast WiFi, conference rooms, and easy airport transfers from your business hotel.
Flying in and out of Rapid City could not be easier, with Rapid City Regional Airport being just a 20-minute drive away. You can stay right in the heart of the city and still be within easy access for your flight home.