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Rapid City, South Dakota makes the perfect base for explorations and doing big things. 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 experience 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 the on-going 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. Pause for a photo opp peeking over Jefferson’s shoulder or see how you measure up to Reagan’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 events, Taste of South Dakota, Bierborse and the Great Downtown Pumpkin Festival. Just around the corner lies Art Alley where artists’ exuberant and colorful expressions captivate from building to building. A favorite among locals and visitors, the artists who offer their talents to this unique public arts project.