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If you’re looking for things to keep you busy on your vacation in the Black Hills and Badlands of South Dakota, you won’t be disappointed! In fact, you may be surprised to find there’s so much to see and do here you’ll have to plan some extra time just to get it all done!
Explore six national parks, two national forests, two national grasslands areas and four state parks. A must see is Mount Rushmore National Memorial
and experience this patriotic monument depicting America’s most prominent Presidents: Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and Roosevelt. The monument is located just 30 minutes from Rapid City in the Black Hills.
More than four million visitors from around the world visit the legendary Black Hills of South Dakota every year. The Hills, an island of forested mountains rising from a sea of prairie and the nearby Badlands National Park
are home to majestic landscapes, free-roaming buffalo herds and diverse wildlife. Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Crazy Horse Memorial
, two national parks, two national monuments, a national forest and one of the country’s largest state parks Custer State Park
, are located here.
Old West legend and lore are alive and well in Deadwood Meetings & Conventions
where gaming is once again legal. This region is rich with Native American artistry and history. The Lakota named the area “Paha Sapa” or “Hills that are Black.” A thick forest of pine and spruce trees covers the slopes, making them appear black from a distance. You’ll find grassy mountain meadows, towering granite peaks, deep canyons, cascading trout streams and clear, clean lakes.
Rapid City is proud of its western and Native American heritage. Throughout the city you will find Native American history exhibits, fine arts displays, and interactive museums like The Journey Museum
, located downtown offers a variety of cultural exhibits. At the APEX Gallery
, located on the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology campus, you can explore Rapid City’s ancient past at one of the finest fossil and mineral museums in the country.
Rapid City is voted number 4 best town for sportsmen making family vacations in Rapid City, South Dakota ideal for outdoor adventure seekers. Walk or ride along Rapid Creek. Kayak at Canyon Lake or bike 25 miles of single-track. Rapid City is also home to many golf courses that are featured in golf digests list of best places to play.