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Chapel In the Hills, Rapid City

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#2 of 18 in Historic Sites in South Dakota
Church Architectural Building
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. Put Chapel In the Hills into our Rapid City vacation builder to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Rapid City.
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  • What a beautiful place to have a romantic wedding. Great place for pictures for all occasions. Great place to make memories  more »
  • Magnificent location with didactic and spiritual experience. Come on with the family. Congrats. Return soon  more »
  • Didn't expect to stop here on our bus tour, but we did. What a pleasant surprise. It was very interesting to see this small chapel. Interesting details birth inside and outside. If you get a chance to...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Beautiful and historic. We saw multiple deer and rabbits right by the chapel. Cute gift store with lots of neat items.
  • Beautiful replica, great way to see a full size stave church if you don't have the opportunity to get to Norway!
  • It was a beautiful and historic treat. Definitely worth the short drive.
  • The pastor was from Ohio. It was a very nice church service and a beautiful church.

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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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