South Dakota Air and Space Museum, Rapid City

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A living lesson in aviation history, South Dakota Air and Space Museum houses a collection of aircraft ranging from World War II transport planes to modern supersonic bombers. Located just outside the main gate of an operational Air Force base, the museum strives to educate and entertain visitors by offering 50-minute guided bus tours of a deactivated missile silo from the Cold War. All visitors to the base must pass a security check, so be sure to bring a valid photo ID, such as a passport or driver's license. Admission to the museum is free; there is a charge for bus tours. Pick up a souvenir of your visit at the on-site gift shop. Find out how to plan Rapid City trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.
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  • Took my son here on a cold and windy South Dakota day. The static displays on the outside are the best part. Inside got to sit in the mock up cockpit of an F-15. There's lots of memorabilia, missiles,...  more »
  • Had the Pleasure of visiting this amazing place with Brother In Law and nephews visiting from Colorado. In or Outdoors the displays are eye catching historical story telling relics. U won’t have as mu...  more »
  • I was impressed by the amount of local history in the museum and they have quite a few planes that are really old. The grounds are beautiful, too. Its just an enjoyable way to spend a couple of hours.  more »
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  • This was absolutely, without a doubt, the best attraction that I saw while in South Dakota. The museum has a phenomenal static display of military aircraft that one can walk up to, touch, and see up close. I HIGHLY, HIGHLY, HIGHLY, recommend you pay the $8 for the missile tour on Ellsworth Air Force base!!!!!!!!!! This is a must see!
  • Great place to see some Ellsworth and aviation history. Many interesting planes on display and a frequent front row seat to planes using Ellsworth's runway. Lots of jet noise!
  • Excellent for military aviation history buffs, only had time to see about half of what I.wanted to but will see the rest next time for sure. Good job done here over the years.
  • A ton of planes! Exhibits very locally focused, which was cool. Impressed with the museum.
  • Excellent collection of aircraft and aviation memorabilia. They of course don't have every craft in full scale but they offer an excellent tour and information.

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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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