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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 cave tours, gemstone panning and for young children, a free crystal mine. You can explore the beautiful underground wind caverns, dig and sluice for rocks and gemstones in a lovely Black Hills location.


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.

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.

Brulé at Deadwood Mountain Grand
Brulé at Deadwood Mountain Grand things to do on a rainy day in Rapid City, SD
Thanksgiving Weekend, Dec 03, 2021 (Friday) Concert event in Deadwood, SD USA

Brulé December 03, 2021 at Deadwood Mountain Grand in Deadwood, SD 8:00PM

Hairball at Deadwood Mountain Grand
Hairball at Deadwood Mountain Grand things to do on a rainy day in Rapid City, SD
Nov 12, 2021 (Friday) Concert event in Deadwood, SD USA

Hairball November 12, 2021 at Deadwood Mountain Grand in Deadwood, SD 8:00PM


Home Free at Deadwood Mountain Grand
Home Free at Deadwood Mountain Grand things to do on a rainy day in Rapid City, SD
Jul 16, 2021 (Friday) Concert event in Deadwood, SD USA

Home Free July 16, 2021 at Deadwood Mountain Grand in Deadwood, SD 8:00PM

Home Free at Deadwood Mountain Grand
Home Free at Deadwood Mountain Grand things to do on a rainy day in Rapid City, SD
Jul 17, 2021 (Saturday) Concert event in Deadwood, SD USA

Home Free July 17, 2021 at Deadwood Mountain Grand in Deadwood, SD 8:00PM

Parker McCollum at Deadwood Mountain Grand
Parker McCollum at Deadwood Mountain Grand things to do on a rainy day in Rapid City, SD
Next Month, Mar 13, 2021 (Saturday) Concert event in Deadwood, SD USA

Parker McCollum March 13, 2021 at Deadwood Mountain Grand in Deadwood, SD 8:00PM

Red Dirt Fest at Deadwood Mountain Grand
Red Dirt Fest at Deadwood Mountain Grand things to do on a rainy day in Rapid City, SD
May 15, 2021 (Saturday) Concert event in Deadwood, SD USA

Red Dirt Fest May 15, 2021 at Deadwood Mountain Grand in Deadwood, SD 5:00PM

Tanya Tucker at Deadwood Mountain Grand
Tanya Tucker at Deadwood Mountain Grand things to do on a rainy day in Rapid City, SD
Sep 29, 2021 (Wednesday) Concert event in Deadwood, SD USA

Tanya Tucker September 29, 2021 at Deadwood Mountain Grand in Deadwood, SD 8:00PM

Three Dog Night at Deadwood Mountain Grand
Three Dog Night at Deadwood Mountain Grand things to do on a rainy day in Rapid City, SD
Nov 13, 2021 (Saturday) Concert event in Deadwood, SD USA

Three Dog Night November 13, 2021 at Deadwood Mountain Grand in Deadwood, SD 8:00PM

Williams & Ree at Deadwood Mountain Grand
Williams & Ree at Deadwood Mountain Grand things to do on a rainy day in Rapid City, SD
Thanksgiving Weekend, Nov 27, 2021 (Saturday) Theater event in Deadwood, SD USA

Williams & Ree November 27, 2021 at Deadwood Mountain Grand in Deadwood, SD 8:00PM

Travelodge by Wyndham Rapid City
Travelodge by Wyndham Rapid City
Hotel in Rapid City, SD USA
Currently as low as $35.00/night!

This Rapid City South Dakota hotel features an adjacent full-service restaurant. Every room includes free high-speed internet access. Story Book Island is a 10-minute drive from the hotel. Free Internet,Outdoor Pool, Free Breakfast, Pets Allowed.


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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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