Rapid City is the second largest city in South Dakota, and is known as the “Gateway to the Black Hills.” This explains the city’s other name, “The City of Presidents,” because it’s from here that you can access Mount Rushmore National Memorial in the Black Hills. Along the way you can check out the unique reptiles at the Reptile Gardens, or some ... Read more
extinct reptilians at the Dinosaur Park. If embracing the great outdoors in the Black Hills seems like too much hard work, Rapid City has a lively cultural scene. Look out for the life-size bronze statues of all the American presidents littered around downtown, visit the Museum of Geology, catch a show at the Black Hills Community Theatre, or wander the Dahl Arts Center.
Map

Rapid City places to stay and top hotels

Rapid City things to do and experiences

Photos

Rapid City

Weather

Average temperature( / )

Average precipitation (mm)

Top Rapid City restaurants

Rapid City

Show Nearby Places

Loading...
44.0805434-103.2310149

Rapid City reviews & trip reports

  • 9.8
    Outdoor Enthusiasts
  • 9.8
    Adventure Travelers
  • 8.3
    History Buffs
  • 7.4
    Family Travelers
  • 6.7
    Wellness

Member Reviews(19)

Write a review
Pueblo

Rapid city has so many places to see its native culture is amazing don't forget to go Dinasaur park where you can see the whole town what a beautiful view from there and the park is great for the kids

Recommended for:Outdoor EnthusiastsFamily TravelersHistory BuffsAdventure Travelers
Helpful1
Report
Menlo Park, California, USA

The second-largest city in South Dakota, Rapid City makes for a great starting point for a road trip through the state's famous national parks and monuments. The kids in your group will love going on a scavenger hunt for life-size bronze statues of all of the presidents.

Recommended for:Family TravelersHistory BuffsOutdoor Enthusiasts
Helpful
Report
New York City, New York State, USA

Rapid City is the entry point into South Dakota since that's where the airport is.

Helpful
Report
Brisbane, Australia

Nice small town that is a convenient point to exploring the natural beauty of the black hills, as well as visiting Mt. Rushmore and the Crazy Horse Memorial

Helpful
Report
Sheridan, Wyoming

interesting areas to visit if you want to find reptile gardens with all the animals. let us see if people like to play with crocodiles. very good show and the man did not make any of the crocodiles mad at him.

Helpful
Report
Jonesboro, Georgia

This is a good place to stay if you're visiting Mount Rushmore. It's big enough to have some decent hotel and restaurant choices, but close to the destination too. The people seemed nice.

Helpful
Report
Bradenton, Florida

Nice place to visit. We Visited Mount Rushmore while we were there and the other monuments.

Helpful
Report
Rogers, Arkansas, USA

The coolest thing about Rapid City is the life-sized statues of U.S. Presidents in the downtown area. We didn't spend a lot of time here, but it was a very neat downtown area.

Helpful1
Report
Padua, Italy

It is a good starting point for visiting the Black Hills. Downtown is small with brick buildings well preserved. The Corn Exchange bio restaurant is a must go place. There are also nice cafes. We couldn't find a nice place where to sleep.

Helpful1
Report
Vermillion

I live here, and it's amazing.

Recommended for:Adventure TravelersOutdoor EnthusiastsWellness
Helpful
Report