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5 Reasons I Love Downtown Rapid City

After 25 magnificent years in Rapid City, Anne traded the Black Hills for some of the highest peaks of the Rocky Mountains. While she loves high altitude living she misses all the must see's, hidden gems, and food back home. Together with her dogs Honey and Nora, she tries to travel as much as possible and explore the hidden wonders where ever she is.

March 18, 2021

There are so many places awesome places in Rapid City! I love hiking M-Hill and hanging out at any of the coffee shops in town. Of all the places to go in Rapid City, downtown is a definite favorite, here's why.

The City of Presidents

City of presidents Jimmy Carter statue

On every corner downtown, you will find one of our past presidents. Ever since I was little, walking around the City of Presidents has been one of my favorite things to do. Now even if I am not doing the tour, I’ll always give Jimmy Carter a high five and sit on Richard Nixon’s Lap. The Presidents make downtown what it is and I could not imagine Rapid City without them. 

Main Street Square

Event taking place at Main Street Square in Downtown Rapid City

When I moved away from Rapid City, Main Street Square didn’t exist. Now, this attraction is my downtown hangout. I love walking through the shops, grabbing a bite and of course enjoying a caramel latte at Alternative Fuel. These aren’t the only reasons I love the square. I also love the public art displayed in the Sculpture Project, and how it draws the community and visitors together during the summer events and it’s always so beautifully festive during the holidays.


Merchandise at Prairie Edge Trading Co in Downtown Rapid City

I am not a huge shopper, but sometimes I like to walk through shops and see what they have inside. Downtown has all kinds of places to look around and I always find something worth spending my money on. For example, a glass deer I found while browsing at St. Joe’s Antique Mall. You can find so many cool places for souvenirs when you’re downtown.

Good Coffee and Good Beer

People enjoying the patio space at Firehouse Brewing Company

Downtown is a hub for great coffee and beer. A few of my favorite places to go are Essence of Coffee and Independent Ale House. If I’m feeling really hungry I like to go to Firehouse Brewing Company. Their fresh brews and wines pair perfectly with the menu and I love it!

The Art

Murals in Art Alley Downtown Rapid City

I have and always will have a deep love for the arts. I am so pleased with the strides that Rapid City is making in the art world. I can browse galleries like Suzie Cappa and Prairie Edge for hours. There’s more than the galleries, though, downtown is literally saturated in art. Art Alley, the Sculpture Project, murals all around downtown and of course the president statues are just a few of the beautiful pieces you will find while exploring downtown.

If you are in Rapid City and skip downtown you’re missing out. When you go downtown make sure you share your Rapid City experience with us by using #VisitRapidCity!