Rapid City, South Dakota

Rapid City, South Dakota makes the perfect base for explorations and your summer of Doing Big Things. It’s time to experience the sites that keep the heart racing and let the goose bumps out to play. With several national parks, monuments and memorials as well as a host of state parks all within an hour’s drive, Rapid City offers a contemporary vibe and a deeply meaningful and rich cultural heritage for any explorer.

Favored for its immediate access to national treasures and hidden gems in the region, Rapid City is centrally located to epic monuments like Mount Rushmore National Memorial and Crazy Horse Memorial. Discover the beauty of Badlands National Park or be as free as the bison that call this land home at Custer State Park, located only minutes from downtown.

Downtown Rapid City and Main Street Square offer the perfect complement to a Black Hills adventure with added urban pleasures. Great local restaurants and an assortment of boutiques and gift shops are surrounded by the City of Presidents, a series of life-sized bronze statues of the nation’s past leaders and reminders of America’s legacy. Tag your photo ops with #VisitRapidCity as you peek over Jefferson’s shoulder or see how you measure up to Regan’s cowboy boots.

As the heart of downtown, Main Street Square provides a fun-filled public space, hosting more than 100 events each year from live concerts to Movies Under the Stars to special family gatherings. Experience art in the making this summer as sculptor Masayuki Nagase continues his work with 21 large granite pieces — carving the region’s legacy of transformation, change, and hope as part of The Sculpture Project: Passage of Wind and Water.

Around the corner from Main Street Square lies Art Alley where artists’ exuberant and colorful expressions captivate from building to building. A favorite among locals and visitors, the free spirits who have offered their talents to this unique public arts project aren’t afraid to dream big. Do Big Things. Feel inspired by the remarkable beauty and spirited achievements that serve as the essence of the Black Hills travel experience.

Make Rapid City part of your American Journey in South Dakota. Customize your trip and get your heart racing at VisitRapidCity.com or call 800-487-2300. To request a free South Dakota Vacation Guide, call 800-S-DAKOTA or visit TravelSD.com.