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Rapid City Tourism and Sightseeing
Unpack in Rapid City. Unwind in the Black Hills. Nestled on the foothills of the Black Hills of South Dakota, Rapid City shines as a hub of this region's vacation activities. From Native American culture to the majestic National Parks and Monuments, you will find a wealth of opportunity in the Black Hills, home to the mysterious Badlands and Devils Tower, Wind and Jewel Caves, and the majestic Mount Rushmore. Custer State Park and Crazy Horse are also one-of-a-kind, must see attractions. Every trip to the Black Hills should include a trip to The Journey Museum where you can take an incredible trek through over 2.5 billion years of Black Hills history. Also, visit Prairie Edge Trading Co. & Galleries, located in downtown Rapid City. Prairie Edge is an enormous mercantile of Indian-made goods showcasing the culture, crafts and art of the Plains Indians. Rapid City also boasts numerous free attractions, including the Stavkirke Chapel, the Museum of Geology, and The City of Presidents, where visitors can view life-sized bronze statues of our nations Presidents on downtown street corners. Coupled with the nearly 4,300 sleeping rooms located throughout Rapid City, nearly 100 quality restaurants and numerous enticing attractions Rapid City is the perfect hub for any Black Hills experience.   Skip to Best Places to Stay. Best Time to Visit. Visitor Information. View Map.


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Wind Cave National Park
Wind Cave National Park Top Attraction!
National Park in Hot Springs, SD USA

National Park One of the world's longest and most complex caves and 28,295 acres of mixed-grass prairie, ponderosa pine forest, and associated wildlife are the main features of the park.


Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Mount Rushmore National Memorial Top Attraction!
National Park in Keystone, SD USA

National Memorial The four figures carved in stone on Mount Rushmore represent the first 150 years of American history. The birth of our nation was guided by the vision and courage of George Washington.

1880 Train, Black Hills Central Railroad
1880 Train, Black Hills Central Railroad
Excursion in Hill City, SD USA

We are a scenic train ride in the Black Hills of S.D. All aboard for a two hour train ride through the Black Hills of South Dakota. The 1880 Train is a tourist railroad that has been in operation for 60 years.

Bear Country USA
Bear Country USA
Zoo in Rapid City, SD USA

A Unique Drive Thru Wildlife Park Enjoy a leisurely 3-mile drive through this spectacular and unique North American wildlife park nestled on 250 acres of Black Hills beauty. After your drive-through tour, walk through Babyland where young and smaller animals frolic in their outdoor exhibits.

Chapel in the Hills
Chapel in the Hills
Historic Site in Rapid City, SD USA

Exact replica of an 860-year old Norwegian Stave Church Chapel in the Hills is an exact replica of the famous 860-year old Borgund Stave Church (Stavkirke in Norwegian). It features detailed carvings, dragon heads and post & beam construction.


D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery & Archives
D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery & Archives things to do on a rainy day in Rapid City, SD
Historic Site in Spearfish, SD USA

Free Family Atrraction in the Black Hills~ Feed the fish! Visit the museum, hike the trails, tour the historic Booth House and replica railcar, and feed the fish! Created in 1896 to propagate, stock, and establish trout populations in the Black Hills of South Dakota and Wyoming, D.C.

Jewel Cave National Monument
Jewel Cave National Monument
National Park in Custer, SD USA

National Monument Buried beneath the Black Hills of South Dakota is the fascinating underground world of Jewel Cave.

Main Street Square
Main Street Square
Scenic in Rapid City, SD USA

Public plaza at Sixth and Main St. in Downtown Rapid City Main Street Square is an outdoor public green space in Downtown Rapid City. In the summer, Main Street Square is a green space with an interactive fountain, and during the winter the space turns into an ice skating rink.

Prairie Edge Trading Co. & Galleries
Prairie Edge Trading Co. & Galleries things to do on a rainy day in Rapid City, SD
Art Gallery in Rapid City, SD USA

Native American art, crafts & culture Exploring the beauty of the past while also embracing the unique mark of the individual artist, we feature a myriad of traditional and contemporary Native American art, crafts and music.


Putz n Glo
Putz n Glo
Golf in Rapid City, SD USA

Indoor Black Light Miniature Golf Shining a new light on a timeless classic, an indoor Black Light miniature golf experience that will ROCK you!18 holes in an over 8,000 square foot facilty, great art, music from the past five decades.

Reptile Gardens
Reptile Gardens
Zoo in Rapid City, SD USA

Reptile Gardens makes a unique family vacation spot and is the highlight of many South Dakota family road trips – full of fun family activities, we are dog friendly and provide things to learn and do for an entire day.

The Elks Theatre
The Elks Theatre things to do on a rainy day in Rapid City, SD
Theatre in Rapid City, SD USA

Historic downtown facility the hosts all types of events. Our historic main auditorium seats over 600 and host a wide variety of events: movies, film festivals, concerts, corporate seminars, private parties, ect.. Our screening room was the historic ballroom, with the dome ceiling preserved.

The Journey Museum & Learning Center
The Journey Museum & Learning Center things to do on a rainy day in Rapid City, SD
Museum in Rapid City, SD USA

Take a Journey through time in Rapid City, SD. The Journey Museum takes you on an incredible trek through time, from the formation of the mystical Black Hills over 2.5 billion years ago to the continuing saga of the Western frontier.

The Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, SD
The Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, SD things to do on a rainy day in Rapid City, SD
Museum in Hot Springs, SD USA

At least 61 mammoths have been discovered The Mammoth Site was established in 1974 and is a Non-Profit 501 (c)(3) Organization. The Mammoth Site is one of America’s greatest Ice Age Treasures.

WaTiki Indoor Waterpark Resort
WaTiki Indoor Waterpark Resort things to do on a rainy day in Rapid City, SD
Theme Park in Rapid City, SD USA

The Premiere Indoor Waterpark Attraction for Kids and Family Experience the largest indoor water park resort in the Dakotas. With 30,000 sq. ft. of waterpark, arcade and concessions, your family will find all kinds of fun in one great location.

Wounded Knee Memorial Museum
Wounded Knee Memorial Museum things to do on a rainy day in Rapid City, SD
Museum in Wall, SD USA

The unforgettable story of the Wounded Knee Massacre.

Wounded Knee The Museum
Wounded Knee The Museum things to do on a rainy day in Rapid City, SD
Museum in Wall, SD USA

A narrative museum about the Wounded Knee Massacre Wounded Knee, The Museum, serves as a memorial to those slaughtered at Wounded Knee Creek, December 28, 1890.

Black Hills Bluegrass Festival
Black Hills Bluegrass Festival
Jun 23, 2017 (Friday) to Jun 25, 2017 (Sunday) Festival event in Sturgis, SD USA

37th Annual Festival with music concerts, workshops, jams, The 37th Annual Black Hills Bluegrass Festival is a family oriented 3 day event featuring 3 full concerts with 5 different bluegrass and acoustic musical groups as well as a Gospel Music Show on Sunday Morning.

Rapid City Convention & Visitors Bureau
Rapid City Convention & Visitors Bureau
Visitor Bureau in Rapid City, SD USA

Do Big Things in Rapid City! Do Big Things in Rapid City, SD. Where buffalo roam and presidents soar, heart-swelling inspiration hits hard.

Rapid City Visitor Information Center
Rapid City Visitor Information Center
Visitor Bureau in Rapid City, SD USA

Do Big Things in Rapid City! Rapid City and the Black Hills of South Dakota are full of family-friendly adventures, outdoor recreation and parks, monuments and memorials, like Mount Rushmore National Memorial and Badlands National Park.

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Best Places to Stay in Rapid City


Comfort Inn & Suites Deadwood
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From $60 / night.


Non Smoking Rooms.
Holiday Inn Express Hotel And Suites Keystone
Guest Score:
From $55 / night.


Non Smoking Rooms, Free Breakfast.
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Deadwood-Gold Dust Casino
Guest Score:
From $54 / night.


Non Smoking Rooms, Free Breakfast.
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Rapid City
Guest Score:
From $85 / night.


Non Smoking Rooms, Free Breakfast.
K Bar S Lodge An Ascend Hotel Collection Member
Guest Score:
From $119 / night.


Free Internet, Non Smoking Rooms.

Best Time to Visit Rapid City


The best time to visit Rapid City, South Dakota is during the spring, summer and fall. Summer temperatures are mild with averages in the mid 60's and highs in the upper 70's. Nights are cool with lows in the low 50's. Fall temperatures are cold with averages in the low 40's and highs in the low 50's. Fall nights are cold with lows in the upper 20's.

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Monthly Temperatures in Rapid City


Month Low Avg High
January 10.3 22.3 34.3
February 14.3 26.2 38.1
March 21.3 33.4 45.4
April 31.0 42.8 54.6
May 42.1 53.5 64.8
June 51.7 63.4 75.0
July 57.6 70.2 82.7
August 55.1 68.8 82.4
September 44.6 58.7 72.8
October 33.8 47.3 60.8
November 21.2 32.8 44.3
December 12.7 24.9 37.0

Rapid City Visitor Bureau


Rapid City Convention & Visitors Bureau

Rapid City Convention & Visitors Bureau


Free Rapid City Visitor Guide


Rapid City Visitors Guide

Rapid City Visitors Guide



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