What to do in Rapid City, SD

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Rapid City Attractions

If you are looking for life in the fast lane, hit the road or the friendly skies and set your course for Rapid City! You'll love all of the great things to do in Rapid City, whether you are coming for business or pleasure. Expedia is here to help you plan Rapid City excursions that are filled with all of the favorite tourist and local spots on the map. Find the best attractions in Rapid City, and hold on to your hats! It's going to be quite a ride!

Perched on the Rapid Creek that it is named for, Rapid City has plenty to do by land and water. Make sure that your Rapid City tours include a journey to the Mount Rushmore National Memorial. This man-made masterpiece has brought many a visitor from across the nation and the globe to gaze on four, noble faces of great American presidents.

Absolutely awe-inspiring, natural vistas await you as well as you stand on top of the world at Custer State Park or and Badlands National Park, or w. Walk among the trees at the Black Hills National Forest. And iIf you love the outdoors, you could easily spend your entire visit camping out in the open with natural wonders rising above you.

Looking for a museum or other unique sites? Some of your Rapid City activities should definitely include the Reptile Gardens, and Journey Museum and Gardens. The Sitting Bull Crystal Caverns is made for the adventuresome soul who loves to explore caves and other natural formations. Experience the spiritual at the quaint Chapel in the Hills, or enjoy the theater performances at the Black Hills Playhouse.

Rapid City is one of the must see places in the United States. Use Eexpedia.com wisely to make your plans a piece of cake and let the fun begin. Book your flights at great prices, find your accommodations, and rent that car if you need it. Making all of your arrangements so simple will give you more time to really get the most out of Rapid City. Happy traveling! Rapid City is sure to give you a thrill!

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What to do in Rapid City

Free Things to Do in Rapid City

There's no need to max out your credit card in Rapid City. The following won't even cost a penny.

Museum of Geology - Loaded with artifacts and displays, this gallery is a paradise for minds that burn with curiosity.

Art Alley - This is a wonderful place to get your culture hit and learn more about the region's artistic side.

Dinosaur Park - If you'd like to ramp up the fun factor during your break, this is the place to do it.

Rushmore Waterslide Park - Head here for a refreshing dip and let your inner water baby swim free.

Main Street Square - Appreciate the design and originality of this fantastic example of modern architecture.

Berlin Wall Exhibit - Get ready to feel like you've traveled back in time while roaming around this historic site.

Monument Health - Make room in your must-see list to visit this place of local importance.

Chapel in the Hills - Do some soul searching or simply soak up the peaceful atmosphere at this place of worship.

Dinosaur Park - Revitalize your body, mind and soul by spending a bit of time with Mother Nature.

Things to Do in Rapid City with Kids

You'll find lots of great things to do in Rapid City with the youngsters. Keep everyone entertained with these family friendly experiences:


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Frequently asked questions

Are there cheap things to do in Rapid City?
Book a Buffalo Hunt Coaster in South Dakota or a Rapid City Scavenger Hunt: City of Presidents and enjoy this destination without having to spend a whole lot of cash.
What can you do in Rapid City for free?
Your getaway in Rapid City won’t cost an arm and a leg with free things like these to keep you busy:

  • Dinosaur Park
  • Rushmore Mall
  • Monument Health
  • Storybook Island

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