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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 Time to Visit. View Map.


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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.


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.

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

Scenic steam train ride between Hill City and Keystone, SD All aboard for a two hour train ride through the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota viewed from a new and unique perspective! The 1880 Train operates four steam-powered departures 7-days a week from early May through early October.

1880 Train's Holiday Express
1880 Train's Holiday Express things to do on a rainy day in Rapid City, SD
Excursion in Hill City, SD USA

Take a train ride to the North Pole on the 1880 Train! Experience the magic as you take a one hour long journey from Hill City to the North Pole where Santa will be waiting to get on board the train and ride it back to Hill City. On the ride back, Santa will present each child with a special gift.

Black Hills Caverns
Black Hills Caverns things to do on a rainy day in Rapid City, SD
Historic Site in Rapid City, SD USA

Beautiful Cave Black Hills Caverns offers a fun family activity with our Adventure and Crystal Cave tours. We also have offer gemstone panning and for those kiddos Five and under, we have a free crystal mine.


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.

Casey Donahew at Deadwood Mountain Grand
Casey Donahew at Deadwood Mountain Grand things to do on a rainy day in Rapid City, SD
May 10, 2024 (Friday) Concert event in Deadwood, SD USA

Casey Donahew May 10, 2024 at Deadwood Mountain Grand in Deadwood, SD 8:00PM

ESPN Knockout at Deadwood Mountain Grand
ESPN Knockout at Deadwood Mountain Grand things to do on a rainy day in Rapid City, SD
Next Month, Apr 20, 2024 (Saturday) Sports event in Deadwood, SD USA

ESPN Knockout April 20, 2024 at Deadwood Mountain Grand in Deadwood, SD 7:00PM

Ian Munsick at Deadwood Mountain Grand
Ian Munsick at Deadwood Mountain Grand things to do on a rainy day in Rapid City, SD
Jun 07, 2024 (Friday) Concert event in Deadwood, SD USA

Ian Munsick June 07, 2024 at Deadwood Mountain Grand in Deadwood, SD 7:00PM


Ian Munsick at Deadwood Mountain Grand
Ian Munsick at Deadwood Mountain Grand things to do on a rainy day in Rapid City, SD
Jun 08, 2024 (Saturday) Concert event in Deadwood, SD USA

Ian Munsick June 08, 2024 at Deadwood Mountain Grand in Deadwood, SD 7:00PM

Ian Munsick: Two-Day Ticket at Deadwood Mountain Grand
Ian Munsick: Two-Day Ticket at Deadwood Mountain Grand things to do on a rainy day in Rapid City, SD
Jun 07, 2024 (Friday) Concert event in Deadwood, SD USA

Ian Munsick: Two-Day Ticket June 07, 2024 at Deadwood Mountain Grand in Deadwood, SD 12:00AM

John Waite at Deadwood Mountain Grand
John Waite at Deadwood Mountain Grand things to do on a rainy day in Rapid City, SD
This Month, Mar 23, 2024 (Saturday) Concert event in Deadwood, SD USA

John Waite March 23, 2024 at Deadwood Mountain Grand in Deadwood, SD 7:30PM

Kameron Marlowe: Strangers Tour at Deadwood Mountain Grand
Kameron Marlowe: Strangers Tour at Deadwood Mountain Grand things to do on a rainy day in Rapid City, SD
Next Month, Apr 26, 2024 (Friday) Concert event in Deadwood, SD USA

Kameron Marlowe: Strangers Tour April 26, 2024 at Deadwood Mountain Grand in Deadwood, SD 8:00PM

MANIA: The ABBA Tribute at Fine Arts Theatre at The Monument
MANIA: The ABBA Tribute at Fine Arts Theatre at The Monument things to do on a rainy day in Rapid City, SD
This Month, Mar 29, 2024 (Friday) Concert event in Rapid City, SD USA

MANIA: The ABBA Tribute March 29, 2024 at Fine Arts Theatre at The Monument in Rapid City, SD 7:30PM

Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives
Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives things to do on a rainy day in Rapid City, SD
This Month, Mar 15, 2024 (Friday) Concert event in Deadwood, SD USA

Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives March 15, 2024 at Deadwood Mountain Grand in Deadwood, SD 8:00PM

Rapid City Rush vs. Allen Americans
Rapid City Rush vs. Allen Americans things to do on a rainy day in Rapid City, SD
This Month, Mar 27, 2024 (Wednesday) Sports event in Rapid City, SD USA

Rapid City Rush vs. Allen Americans March 27, 2024 at Ice Arena at The Monument in Rapid City, SD 7:05PM

Rapid City Rush vs. Allen Americans
Rapid City Rush vs. Allen Americans things to do on a rainy day in Rapid City, SD
This Month, Mar 29, 2024 (Friday) Sports event in Rapid City, SD USA

Rapid City Rush vs. Allen Americans March 29, 2024 at Ice Arena at The Monument in Rapid City, SD 7:05PM

Rapid City Rush vs. Allen Americans
Rapid City Rush vs. Allen Americans things to do on a rainy day in Rapid City, SD
Easter Weekend, Mar 30, 2024 (Saturday) Sports event in Rapid City, SD USA

Rapid City Rush vs. Allen Americans March 30, 2024 at Ice Arena at The Monument in Rapid City, SD 7:05PM

Rapid City Rush vs. Savannah Ghost Pirates
Rapid City Rush vs. Savannah Ghost Pirates things to do on a rainy day in Rapid City, SD
Today, Mar 01, 2024 (Friday) Sports event in Rapid City, SD USA

Rapid City Rush vs. Savannah Ghost Pirates March 01, 2024 at Ice Arena at The Monument in Rapid City, SD 7:05PM

Rapid City Rush vs. Savannah Ghost Pirates
Rapid City Rush vs. Savannah Ghost Pirates things to do on a rainy day in Rapid City, SD
Tomorrow, Mar 02, 2024 (Saturday) Sports event in Rapid City, SD USA

Rapid City Rush vs. Savannah Ghost Pirates March 02, 2024 at Ice Arena at The Monument in Rapid City, SD 7:05PM

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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

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