Rapid City, SD
South Dakota
By Stephanie Nicole Marcum

A great vacation awaits you in Rapid City South Dakota. This town is full of interesting and fun diversions including national monuments and parks, art galleries, museums and the beautiful Black Hills. Come to the City of the Presidents and enjoy art, history, culture and beautiful vistas you will not find anywhere else in the world. Rapid City South Dakota and all of its charms are waiting for you.

WhatsCheaper.com invites you to book your vacation Rapid City, South Dakota. The Rapid City Regional Airport is your destination when flying into this exciting city. Please follow this link (http://www.whatscheaper.com/flight.php) to reserve your flight to Rapid City, South Dakota with WhatsCheaper.com. There are many hotels in the Rapid City area. You can follow this link (http://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php) to see WhatsCheaper.com’s suggested hotels in Rapid City, South Dakota.

For the first place to visit, WhatsCheaper.com has chosen the Historic Downtown District of Rapid City. This beautiful area has restaurants, specialty boutiques, art galleries and life size statues of American Presidents on practically every corner. Do not forget your camera on this adventure as we are sure you will want to pose for a snap shot with your favorite Presidents from American history. Next WhatsCheaper.com suggests a trip to the Journey Museum. This museum, located minutes from downtown, will educate and enthrall you with their collection spanning from pre-Historic to modern times.  It also makes a great precursor for your trip into the Black Hills of South Dakota.

Mount Rushmore is a National memorial carved out of a granite mountain nestled in the Black Hills of South Dakota. This impressive vista is truly a one of a kind with four of America’s most notable Presidents being memorialized. The sculpture took 14 years to complete. There are guided tours and audio tours available for rent.  The campus includes a The Lincoln Borglum Visitors center which houses artifacts and information about Mount Rushmore as well as a simulated dynamite blast. The Sculptor’s Studio houses an original plaster model and tools the workers used to create Mount Rushmore. There is also a restaurant and gift shop on site for your convenience. The evening lighting ceremony is a stirring tribute to America that you will not want to miss.

While you are in the Black Hills you have the opportunity to visit many National monuments and parks. WhatsCheaper.com’s next attraction to visit is the Wind Cave National Park. Located 65 miles south of Rapid City, Wind Cave National Park is one of America’s oldest parks and one of the longest and most complex caves in the world. Tours of the cave are guided by park rangers and vary in length and difficulty. Remember to wear sturdy walking shoes and bring a light jacket as the temperature inside the cave remains a constant 54 degrees. Wind Cave National Park also offers more than 30 miles of hiking trails above ground and the Elk Mountain Campground which accommodates tents, RV’s and campers.

South Dakota offers a wide variety of wildlife for your enjoyment. At Bear Country USA you get to see these majestic creatures close up. The 3 mile drive takes you through forest to view animals indigenous to North America. The parks’ animals include buffalo, black bear, elk, bobcats, and cougars to name just a few. After your car ride get an even closer view of over a dozen species at Babyland. You are sure to enjoy your time watching the bear cubs play and the otters splash at Babyland and don’t forget to stop by the gift shop for those special keepsakes to remember your trip. There is a restaurant on the premises should you need a snack or a meal.

Rapid City, South Dakota has something for everyone. Shopping, museums, art galleries and fabulous national parks and monuments are just a few of the exciting and wonderful destinations that await you in Rapid City South Dakota. A variety of sightseeing tours are available and car rental is also an option.  Inner city transportation is provided by The Rapid Transit System by bus and by City View Trolleys.  Click on the link above to book your vacation to Rapid City, South Dakota with WhatsCheaper.com today. 

MUST SEE IN Rapid City, SD LIST:

  • 1. Mount Rushmore
  • 2. Crazy Horse Memorial
  • 3. Custer State Park
  • 4. Journey Museum
  • 5. Badlands National Park
  • 6. City of Presidents
  • 7. Storybook Island
  • 8. South Dakota Air & Space Museum
  • 9. Museum of Geology
  • 10. Rushmore Waterslide Park

Rapid City, SD EVENT CALENDAR:

  • 1. Kid's Fair - April
  • 2. Black Hills Fat Tire Festival - May
  • 3. Crazy Horse Volksmarch - June
  • 4. Hills Alive Music Festival - July
  • 5. Central States Fair - August
  • 6. Black Hills Powwow & Arts Expo - October
  • 7. Buffalo Roundup - October
  • 8. Festival of Lights Parade - November

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