For those of us who call Rapid City, South Dakota, home, we know this is a great town. It’s a wonderful place to live and raise a family, and its location makes it easy to explore all the region has to offer, from the Black Hills to Badlands National Park and everything in between. But it turns out, we’re not the only ones who think Rapid (as we affectionately call it) is pretty great.

couple enjoying beers on the patio of firehouse brewing company in downtown rapid city south dakota
Firehouse Brewing Company

Matador Network has named Rapid City as one of “The Best Small Towns in the U.S. to Visit in 2023.” And while we know we’re fully biased in our affection for this place, it delights us that other folks are giving it some love too. 

Here’s a peek at what Matador had to say about Rapid…
“Rapid City serves as a jumping off point to the Black Hills. In town, you’ll find a small mountain city where rugged independence and college town creativity collide. Live venues like Iron Phnx and the Tinder Box offer a surprisingly varied music scene, which can also be enjoyed over local beer and burgers at Firehouse Brewing. Downtown Rapid City is delightfully walkable, where you can step outside your room at the historic Hotel Alex Johnson and ice skate in Main Street Square, or play vintage video games at Press Start.”

Store front and statue at Prairie Edge Trading Co and Gallery in Downtown Rapid City South Dakota
Prairie Edge Trading Co. & Galleries

In addition to being named one of the best places to visit, an in-depth piece on Rapid was written on Matador called “Why Anyone Who Loves Art, History and Nature Needs to Head to Rapid City, South Dakota.” 

According to writer Katie Oakler, here’s why Rapid is a great place to visit…
“Rapid City, South Dakota, is the launching point into the Black Hills with easy access to both Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse Memorial®. It also has a thriving art scene of its own, as well as lively restaurants and bars, plenty of local businesses to shop from, and a thriving geological history with dinosaur fossils and meteorites. It’s also a town where you can learn about the region’s Native American culture and history.” 

If you’ve been thinking about taking a trip to Rapid City, we’re here to help. Snag a free travel guide here or call us at 605-718-8484. We hope to see you in 2023!