Downtown Rapid City, Rapid City

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Downtown Rapid City features over 70 shops, 33 restaurants, 15 art galleries, several theatres, abundant street art, and year-round events. Starting at the downtown's main street square, begin looking for bronze sculptures that depict community and art. Part of the downtown culture includes graffiti-filled back allies, street performers and antique stores. You can go shopping for jewelry, books, vinyl records, clothing, accessories, and more. Don't miss the handcrafted ice cream with over 1,000 flavor combinations at the creamery, or have homemade fudge, caramel apples, and everything made of chocolate from the chocolate factory. Specialized venues include a brewery, wine cellars, ale house, and hookah lounge. For Downtown Rapid City and beyond, use our Rapid City online sightseeing planner to get the most from your Rapid City vacation.
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  • A very quaint town with many nice gift shops and great restaurants. A nice surprise! We visited several unique gift shops while we were there  more »
  • Smaller town but quite a few very good restaurants and Hotel Rushmore was worth it also. The Presidents on the corners are worth looking at.  more »
  • Downtown Rapid has a little of everything. Walking the president statues and other statues is a great activity. With shopping, dining, and assorted bars you can spend all day just walking the area.  more »

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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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