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Rapid City

Trip Planner USA  /  South Dakota  /  Rapid City
(3.8/5 based on 11,000+ reviews for top 30 attractions)
Things to do: wildlife areas, museums, zoos & aquariums

Gateway to the Black Hills

South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West. Today, the city's museums and cultural attractions highlight the area's rich Native American and pioneer heritage, and cover topics including science, contemporary arts, and European history. The majority of attractions can be found in the walkable downtown area, home to a bustling main square, shopping destinations, and a host of restaurants. Outdoor enthusiasts come to the region to explore the Black Hills via hiking, biking, fishing, and more. The city of more than 70,000 serves as a jumping-off point for two popular national monuments in the area. Take stress off the schedule by using our United States vacation planner.
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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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