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Top Visitor Questions from 2019

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.

January 08, 2020

Curious about what questions visitors ask the most? Well here you go! This blog is a wrap up of what questions Visit Rapid City was asked most frequently in 2019!

View of Mount Rushmore from Presidential Trail

1. How long should I plan my trip for?

We always recommend visitors plan at least five to seven days for their Rapid City and Black Hills vacation. We hear way too often that visitors didn’t realize just how much our area offers and how they wish they would have planned more time. So here you go! Plan ahead and give yourself time to explore all the amazing things in our area like Mount Rushmore, Custer State Park, Wind Cave National Park, Jewel Cave National Monument, Crazy Horse Memorial, Badlands National Park, Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, Downtown Rapid City, Black Hills National Forest, Devils Tower National Monument and everything in between. Seriously, there is so much to do.

Chislic dish from Dakotah Steakhouse

2. Where is a good place to eat?

This is a tough question because the answer varies depending on what kind of food you’re looking for or the time of day, and to be honest I am a creature of habit who typically eats at the same three restaurants. Rapid City has a lot of great food options located all over town. If you are looking to try something special to the area I would recommend somewhere that serves Buffalo or Chislic (deep fried cubed meat that is usually beef but can be lamb). To name a few places: Murphy’s Pub and Grill has a phenomenal Buffalo Meatloaf, or you can’t go wrong with a Buffalo Burger from the Colonial House or Firehouse Brewing Co., and I can’t leave out the Buffalo Rib-eye from Dakotah Steakhouse. Those are only a few options for a great meal in Rapid City. For more dinning suggestions while you’re visiting stop in at Visit Rapid City or contact us on social media. Locals also LOVE to give suggestions if you ask around during your visit!

Statue in Downtown Rapid City

3. What can I do within walking distance?

The walk-ability of our downtown is awesome. I always recommend visitors do the City of Presidents walking tour. This is a self-guided tour that leads you around the downtown area to meet life-sized statues of past presidents. It’s not only cool to see and take photos with each, but you also see so many of the downtown shops and features along the way! Other things you can do in walking distance is visit local shops like Prairie Edge Trading Co. or Roam’n Around to get ready for your outdoor activities. Perhaps your more into the arts and culture of the area, you can walk right over to The Dahl Arts Center or the Suzie Cappa Arts Center. Downtown also features local breweries, a winery, and a distillery all just blocks from each other.

Family visiting Dinosaur Park in Rapid City

4. What is there to see and do in Rapid City?

Another big question. When visitors ask this question, I like to know what they are interested in first. Not everyone is looking for great hiking spots within city limits, or 100 mile views and seven Depression-era dinosaurs. You might not be interested in seeing an exact replica of the Borgund Stavkirke chapel of Laerdal, Norway, or walking through the history of our area at the Journey Museum & Learning Center. Perhaps you don’t care to know that Rapid City has five fantastic breweries, a great local winery, an exclusive speakeasy, or a rooftop bar with spectacular views. They might not be interested in taking in local art in an alley full of colorful and expressive murals, or visiting a park full of characters from the stories of their childhood. But you could do all the above in Rapid City.

There you have it, the most frequently asked questions we received from visitors in 2019. If you are planning a visit to the area hopefully this helped answer some of your questions, if you still have some reach out to us at Visit Rapid City! You can also request our visitors guide to learn more!