BLACK HILLS VACATION

With a wide range of accommodations, an exciting variety of things to do and easy access to the signature activities, attractions, and natural landscapes, Rapid City is the perfect home base for your Black Hills vacation. Encompassing the western and southern borders of Rapid City’s vibrant community, the Black Hills form an expansive 5,000 mile stretch of natural forests, vast canyons, and jagged peaks, offering access to some of the most incredible landscapes in the country and positioning Rapid City as the perfect vantage point for a visit to South Dakota’s historic American frontier. Stay in Rapid City to enjoy all the exciting amenities of a cosmopolitan oasis – great dining, vibrant nightlife, arts and culture – surrounded by the incredible, rugged landscapes of the Badlands and the scenic Black Hills. Whether you explore dramatic caves, cruise scenic highways, visit massive monuments, follow park trails, learn about Native American traditions or live it up in Downtown Rapid City, there is never a shortage of things to do in the Black Hills and every day is another unforgettable, big adventure. 

OUTDOOR ADVENTURE

Whether it’s conquering the Black Hills’ toughest hiking trails or enjoying amazing natural views while cruising along scenic highways, visitors searching for an exciting outdoor experience can enjoy the endless selection of things to do in the Black Hills area. Home to a variety of unforgettable outdoor adventures, attractions and activities, the great outdoors of Rapid City and the surrounding Black Hills offer something for explorers of all types. From rock climbing to fishing, the land and water both have great activities to offer.

Enjoy endless adventure and experience the most breathtaking, beautiful landscapes of the American frontier— your way. Whether you bike, hike, cruise or climb, you’ll find there is always something new to discover as you journey through the natural wonders of Rapid City and the Black Hills.

Enjoy endless adventure and experience the most breathtaking, beautiful landscapes of the American frontier— your way. Whether you bike, hike, cruise or climb, you’ll find there is always something new to discover as you journey through the natural wonders of Rapid City and the Black Hills.

PARKS & MONUMENTS AROUND THE BLACK HILLS

Surround yourself with incredible natural wonders and unforgettable historical experiences with a visit to the parks and monuments around Rapid City and the Black Hills. Explore the colossal Mount Rushmore National Memorial or witness a monument in the making at the Crazy Horse Memorial. Experience the amazing and curious natural landscapes at Devils Tower or ride alongside the wild buffalo at Custer State Park. Whichever you choose, the Black Hills are home to a collection of nationally acclaimed attractions, offering visitors a glimpse into the country’s past, the country’s future and the unbelievable natural evolution of the frontier region itself.

Take a short scenic drive into the Black Hills and you’ll soon be in view of one of the most recognized vistas in the world: Mount Rushmore National Memorial, just 25 miles southwest of Rapid City. Like millions who visit each year, you’ll experience a rush of patriotism and learn how the ambitious sculpture was created.

BLACK HILLS FAMILY ATTRACTIONS

Discover big adventures fit for even the smallest members of your family. Rapid City and the surrounding Black Hills are full of family activities and attractions and offer the perfect vacation destination to let imaginations run wild. From learning about America’s historic frontier at area museums, to finding fossils at The Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, to exploring the caves and caverns among the Black Hills, to discovering the impressive array of exotic plants and animals at Reptile Gardens, Rapid City welcomes adventurers of all ages to enjoy an unforgettable family experience.

Just eight miles from Rapid City, turn into South Dakota’s famed, drive-through wildlife park for the thrill of meeting black bears, reindeer, elk, deer, cougars, bobcats, arctic wolves, badgers, bighorn sheep, buffalo, river otters and more. Tour the park from the comfort of your car, then visit the bear cubs and other park youngsters on a walk through Babyland.

DOWNTOWN RAPID CITY

Live it up in the City of Presidents! Enjoy the fresh, electric energy of downtown Rapid City. Explore the vibrant arts and culture scene and discover the unique and exciting flavors of Rapid City’s incredible culinary community. Whether it’s a trip down the mural-rich Art Alley, browsing one of Rapid City’s many fashion boutiques or finding your new favorite craft brew in one of the historic, restored pubs, bars or “speakeasies,” visitors can find endless entertainment in downtown Rapid City— all against the backdrop of the Black Hills and America’s historic frontier. 

Located in the heart of Downtown Rapid City, Main Street Square is a fun-filled public space that features a variety of special events, showcases Rapid City’s vibrant arts and culture community, hosts a great selection of live concerts and performances and offers additional, unique entertainment such as seasonal ice skating and interactive fountains.

Hotels & Lodging

Make your Black Hills vacation an experience in total comfort. Rapid City hotels offer a range of welcoming environments, from contemporary design and amenities to historic charm. From downtown convenience to scenic views, with both familiar brands and unique options to choose from, you’ll find just the right Rapid City accommodations for your stay.