Chapel In the Hills, Rapid City

4.6
#2 of 18 in Historic Sites in South Dakota
Instead of traveling to Scandinavia to admire the wonders of wooden architecture, visit the Chapel In the Hills and take a trip back in time. The Lutheran church is an exact replica of the medieval Borgund stave church in Norway, and its architecture and surrounding nature perfectly conjure a tranquil Norwegian atmosphere. Next to the church is a small museum housed in an authentic 19th-century log cabin erected by a Norwegian prospector who settled in the Black Hills. A gift shop is located in a Norwegian “stabbur” (storehouse), containing related Scandinavian literature and gift items. Also located on the grounds is a meditation trail which offers a peaceful setting for contemplation and prayer. Admission is free. To visit Chapel In the Hills on your trip to Rapid City, use our Rapid City trip itinerary builder .
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  • A wonderful place to visit and enjoy the beautiful grounds and church. Please take the tour it is well worth it.  more »
  • I was told by my client to check this out. My husband come along for the ride but once we arrived he was very impressed with the workmanship on the building. We might have to come back earlier in the ...  more »
  • Well worth a visit although it is open seasonal, so check if it is open before you go. Beautiful architecture, big gift shop full of Norwegian gifts and goodies, pleasant and knowledgeable staff.  more »
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  • Beautiful and serene, a place to experience the peace of God in a unique setting, while also learning about a special people. The staff are so kind and helpful. Thank you Mrs. Mary for our visit and your sweet spirit.
  • This place does not belong such a high rating... The justifiable rating should be around 2.5.. I am just helping people by adjusting the rating...
  • Beautiful, peaceful chapel and grounds. The volunteers working there were very happy, friendly and informative. Would definitely recommend this place.
  • Amazing place to visit, the church is so beautiful and the staff are super nice.
  • Beautiful and historic. We saw multiple deer and rabbits right by the chapel. Cute gift store with lots of neat items.

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Where to stay in Rapid City

In Rapid City you'll find a variety of hotels and motels, but you can expect their rates to vary considerably depending on the season. Those located downtown provide easy walking access to some of the area's most popular restaurants and bars. Visitors wanting to explore the iconic Mount Rushmore or Custer State Park attractions may prefer the convenience of a hotel along Interstate 90. If you want a scenic escape, look for a bed and breakfast, campsite, or cabin in the surrounding Black Hills National Forest.
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