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5 Reasons I'm Thankful for Rapid City

Raised in Rapid City and lucky to call it home, this outdoor enthusiast loves to explore the Black Hills with her husband and two dogs. When she’s not at work you’ll find her out hiking, at a local ice cream shop, or perhaps home taking a nap.

November 27, 2019

1. The Views and Outdoor Activities

Family enjoying the views on a Black Hills hike

Rapid City sits at the foot of the Black Hills, meaning the views and outdoor options seem endless. Being able to go hiking right in Rapid City or with a quick ten-minute drive is something I will always deeply appreciate about this area. The same goes with rock climbing, mountain biking, and more! Even if you just want an easy nature walk or a stunning picnic location, you have so many options.

2. The People

Kindess mural in Downtown Rapid City

You might have heard the saying “Midwest Nice”, and when it comes to the people in Rapid City it rings true. Don’t be shocked when doors are held open for you, or when you strike up a conversation with a stranger standing next to you, or to hear people thanking you for...well everything.

3. The Location

Road going through Badlands National Park

I know I already mentioned the views and outdoor activities side, but another bonus to having the Black Hills as Rapid City’s backyard is the day trip options. To give you a better idea, Mount Rushmore is an absolutely gorgeous 25 minute drive from Rapid City, Badlands National Park is only 45 minutes to the east, Custer State Park is a great 45 minute cruise through the hills. It makes choosing what you want to do with your free time a real dilemma because there are so many options. It usually takes us longer to decide where we want to go than it does to actually get there.

4. The Night Life

Beer glass on the bar in Hay Camp Brewery Downtown Rapid City

For Rapid City’s size, the night life options are rather impressive. Local breweries, a winery, awesome patios with games, a rooftop bar, an arcade bar, a speakeasy, live music, and dance floors to showcase those sweet dance moves. All in close proximity, so walking from place to place is a breeze!

5. The Food

Dish from Tally's Silver Spoon in Rapid City

Don’t let the fact that I put it last on my list make you think it's the least important – far from. I used to have a list of places I wanted to eat at when I came home to visit. Now that I live in Rapid City again, it’s a real challenge not to eat out for every meal. I’m a sucker for local places like Armadillos ice cream (seriously, it’s a must), Mango Chicken from Kathmandu Bistro, or the fancy fried pickles at Murphy’s Pub and Grill just to name a few favorites. Trust me, there are many more.

Rapid City is pretty great. I’m so thankful to call it home and I love telling others about it, most of which are shocked somewhere in South Dakota has all these options. Come visit if you haven’t been to the area and you’ll see what I mean.