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4 Reasons To Visit Rapid City In The Fall

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.

September 21, 2020

Most visitors consider Rapid City, South Dakota a summer destination. While yes, the weather is warmer and there are more attractions open during the summer months, this also means more people. A great time to visit Rapid City and the Black Hills is actually in the fall. Here are four reasons why.


1.    Less Crowds

The Presidential Trail At Mount Rushmore


Vacations are better with less crowds – we can’t fully blame this one on 2020. Waiting in lines, finding parking, and photobombers have always been something visitors don’t typically enjoy. Hello fall! Kids are back in school, so our area sees less travelers allowing you to have ample time to snap that photo(s) you’ve been dreaming of. It’s glorious to think about, I know!


2.    The Events

Dancer at the Black Hills Powwow in Rapid City


Some of the best events in our area take place in the fall months. The Stratobowl Historic Hot Air Balloon Launch, Fall Volksmarch at Crazy Horse Memorial, Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup, Great Downtown Pumpkin Festival, and the Black Hills Powwow are a few of our favorites that take place annually. Each one is a unique experience that you won’t find anywhere else. View our events calendar to see what's happening while you're in town.


3.    The Views

Black Hills National Forest in the fall


Fall colors are the star of the show this time of year. Whether you’re walking the trails around Canyon Lake Park in Rapid City, relaxing at a scenic overlook in Badlands National Park, or hitting the Presidential Trail leading to the base of Mount Rushmore, you’ll be greeted by the changing of seasons. Check out our Top 10 Scenic Cruises to experience one of the best ways to take in the colors. No matter how you choose to explore, your days will be spent feasting your eyes on natures beauty in our wide-open spaces. 


4.    The Rates

The Holiday Inn Rapid City Rushmore Plaza


Higher traffic in the summer usually means an increase in room rates. Stay in the fall and you can enjoy accommodations like the Holiday Inn Rapid City Rushmore Plaza at a more affordable rate. Their Downtown location makes it easy to walk around and explore, and their property amenities like the on-site restaurant, Gold Bison Grill, add to the convenience of your getaway. As a dog lover, I also can’t forget to mention they are a pet friendly property so your four-legged fur baby can join for some fall exploration. They might not be able to see the fall colors like you, but the fresh air is just as enjoyable.


Fall in our area is something every visitor should experience, even if you’ve been here before. Thanks to our central location in the upper Midwest, we are easy to get to and our area is full of surprises. While you’re visiting don’t forget to use our hashtag #VisitRapidCity to be featured on our accounts!