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Ten Most Instagrammable Spots Around 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.

June 02, 2021

Are you ready for site seeing, memory making, photo taking fun? In Rapid City and the Black Hills we’ve got the space to play and loads of photo worthy locations. You’ll be that person sharing multiple photos a day and we’re giving you the “ok” to do it. So, get out there and start sprinkling your feed with these top ten instagrammable spots. 


1.    Mount Rushmore

The front runner of the most instagrammable places is pretty rock solid – Mount Rushmore. These four faces look good from every angle and can’t seem to take a bad photo. Try it out for yourself, they really add that “it” factor to your shot. 

 


2.    Badlands National Park

Move over layer cakes, you’ve got nothing on the layers of the Badlands. Rain or shine these sediment layers forming the desolate shapes of Badlands National Park pop in any photo. Combine that with the rays of a rising or setting sun and you’ve got literal Instagram gold and a photo you should probably frame. 


3.    Art Alley

Remember when you use to get in trouble for drawing on the walls of your house as a child? Oh, you never did that? Me either… Well picture that but on city buildings down an alleyway. And the best part – they’re done by talented artists, so they put those old house doodles to shame. 


4.    City of Presidents

You don’t have to go far before you notice a bronze presidential pattern taking place on the sidewalks of Downtown Rapid City. These, hopefully, familiar faces make up a walking tour with prime posing opportunities as well as a chance to refresh on history - if you need it. Give Jimmy Carter a high-five, feed the birds with Benjamin Harrison, or take a seat next to Martin Van Buren, you’ve got 40 plus options to strike your best pose.


5.    Custer State Park

Whether you’ve hoofed it to the top of South Dakota’s tallest peak or floated on the cool waters of one of the many mountain lakes, Custer State Park is what Instagram dreams are made of. It’s a state park that rivals many national parks so it’s easy to visualize the glorious content you can capture and the spectacular views you can take in. 


6.    Reptile Gardens

You’ll never meet reptiles that take better photos than the ones at Reptile Gardens. So, on top of befriending an Aldabra Tortoise, you’ll have one epic photo to remember it. The safari room offers a jungle like landscape that’s dreamy to explore, makes for a great backdrop, and offers close encounters with birds, lizards and more. Oh, and did I mention the abundance of beautiful flowers scattered across their grounds?

7.    Crazy Horse Memorial®

Bring your Instagram photos up in scale when you visit the world’s largest mountain carving in progress. Standing 641 feet long and 563 feet high he dominates every photo near or far. Posing in front of his 87 ft. 6 in. face makes a person feel miniature in comparison. 

8.    Dinosaur Park

They’re quirky, they’re green and they’re over 80 years old – but you best believe these dino’s still work the camera. Something we all can only hope for when we reach that age. With seven creatures to pick from and surrounding view of the city it’s prime real estate for your newest Instagram photo. 

9.    Spearfish Canyon

Highly recommend chasing waterfalls in Spearfish Canyon, and then taking photos of them. The twists and turns of this canyon reveal beautiful views of limestone canyon walls, greenery that changes with each season, and trails that not only show you how out of shape you might be but also offer up some of the best views around. 

10.    The 1880 Train

It’s not everywhere you can take a train ride through the mountains. Picturesque views greet you out every window as you wind through rolling hills and ponderosa pines. Sit back, relax, and snap a selfie or two as you enjoy a narrated tour through the Black Hills. 

 

The beautiful and iconic attractions found in Rapid City and the Black Hills make for one photogenic area. Get out and explore this list and more, and don’t forget to use #VisitRapidCity when you’re sharing them out on the gram. 
 

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Nick Linn

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