Chapel In the Hills, Rapid City

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#2 of 18 in Historic Sites in South Dakota
Instead of traveling to Scandinavia to admire the wonders of wooden architecture, visit 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 here. Admire the artifacts and use the opportunity to learn how traditional Scandinavian runestones are carved. 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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  • October 4, 2017
    Beautiful place the location and the chapel is so beautiful. Never get tired of seeing it. Give it a try  more »
  • September 24, 2017
    This was a lovely find on what started out as a dreary day. Very beautiful chapel and grounds with a museum and gift shop. Uniquely Scandinavian architecture! The wildlife was an added bonus!  more »
  • September 21, 2017
    We saw a brochure and decided to go. It is incredibly beautiful- the buildings, grounds, folks who worked the gift shop, information. It is free but they accept donations for upkeep. If you miss this ...  more »
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  • June 25, 2017
    One of the highlights of a recent trip to Dakota! Beautiful, peaceful chapel and grounds. The volunteers working there were very happy, friendly and informative. Would definitely recommend this place.
  • June 12, 2017
    Beautiful and historic. We saw multiple deer and rabbits right by the chapel. Cute gift store with lots of neat items.
  • June 6, 2017
    Beautiful replica, great way to see a full size stave church if you don't have the opportunity to get to Norway!
  • June 12, 2017
    It was a beautiful and historic treat. Definitely worth the short drive.
  • July 3, 2017
    The pastor was from Ohio. It was a very nice church service and a beautiful church.

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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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