The Couples’ Guide To Big Adventure
When it comes to romantic getaways, Rapid City serves up some serious relationship goals. Check out our favorite built-for-couples adventures for an unforgettable, Rapid City romance (you can thank us later).
Room for 2: Where to Stay
Whether you prefer local inns or show-stopping suites, Rapid City promises a couples retreat that’s just your style.
Cuddle Up In A Cottage
Rapid City's Lake Park Cottages promise a cozy couple retreat minutes from the beautiful Black Hills. Perfect for that intimate, sweetheart vacation, they offer a variety of cottage options each with their own unique feel! Along with an attractive list of amenities, guests can enjoy the natural beauty that surrounds these rustic cottages, and the convenient access to many of the great parks and attractions in the area.
The Next Level
Stay, classy. If you’re looking for that all-the-stops adventure, treat yourself and your special someone to The Rushmore Hotel – specifically, the honeymoon suite. From stellar service and amenities to impressive, vibrant design, this boutique hotel promises a luxury couples’ getaway with class. The Rushmore’s Jacuzzi Loft Suite is a showstopper guaranteed to elevate any Rapid City getaway. The bi-level suite features a state-of-the art Jacuzzi and spa, and a loft-style master bedroom and study. Oh, and it’s all connected by a spiral, floating staircase for that extra dose of deluxe, romantic appeal.
Make A Move: What To Do
Set the scene for romance and explore these incredible Black Hills landscapes on your Rapid City getaway.
Share spectacular sights and tackle the trails at Custer State Park to discover a series of summit-views and overlooks showcasing the Black Hills’ all-natural beauty.
Lovers Leap: Make your way through forests of Ponderosa Pine and across sparkling mountain streams to the top of Lovers Leap Trail for a stunning view of the Black Hills landscape. Perfect for that mountaintop picnic, Lovers Leap is a scenic, 4.2-mile loop featuring one of Custer State Park’s most romantic overlooks.
Little Devils Tower: Here’s some solid, Rapid City relationship advice: hike the Little Devils Tower Trailhead. Enjoy a 3.6-mile journey featuring multiple granite overlooks and one of the most incredible views in the Black Hills. At the summit of Little Devils Tower, you’ll find the best (in our opinion), most breathtaking view of the Black Hills’ iconic Cathedral Spires.
Lighter Than Air
Take your adventure to new heights and explore the Black Hills from above the clouds! Known as the country’s oldest hot air balloon company and the only adventure of its kind in the region, Black Hills Balloons offers a wonderful experience to share on your Rapid City getaway. Hosting a limited number of private flights, couples will want to reserve this one-of-a-kind adventure ahead of time.
Treat Yourself: Where to Eat
From candlelit dinners to fine-dining flare, Rapid City brings that bold, do-big-things flavor you need to spice up your stay.
The Perfect Pair
Get a little closer on your vacation with a trip to this intimate, neighborhood favorite. Rapid City’s Juniper offers a small, rotating menu of big, leave-you-speechless flavor, a bold, limited-edition collection of traditional and contemporary craft wines— and the unique experience of a completely new, equally impressive selection of fresh, expertly-crafted dishes each week. A must-visit homage to great partnerships and perfect pairs, Juniper’s diverse, homegrown recipes and masterful wine recommendations make this quaint bistro an excellent place to experience unforgettable, Rapid City flavor on your retreat. With limited seating available, reservations need to be made ahead of time.
Heat Things Up
Ready for a red-hot Rapid City experience? Turn up the heat to 1,200° and take your romantic evening to kōl, Downtown Rapid City’s exhibition-style dining experience. Fueled by a massive, coal-fired oven, kōl offers a vibrant atmosphere that’s just as engaging as its bold, handcrafted menu. When it comes to cooling off, guests can enjoy a creative collection of flavorful libations and spirited cocktails. If you’re craving a new kind of dining experience, kōl promises a downtown date night that brings the heat and dares to be different. With limited seating available, reservations will need to be made in advance.
Set the Mood: Entertainment & Nightlife
Ditch the day trip. Rapid City adventure doesn’t stop when the sun goes down.
In Good Company
If you’re looking for laid-back, Rapid City’s Firehouse Wine Cellars is the perfect place to unwind, keep it casual and relax in the company of the one you love. Representing Firehouse Brewing’s successful foray into craft wine, Firehouse Wine Cellars offers an intimate, tasting-room-type, local hangout for an evening of good times.
Nothing brings people together like nostalgia— and a collection of over 200 arcade games. Get your game on at Rapid City’s local throwback, Press Start Barcade. Yes, Barcade. Press Start combines classic arcade culture with a curated collection of craft beers and cocktails for a fun, adults-only experience and unique date night out. Cater to your competitive side, kick back with a cold one, unwind and power up— Press Start delivers a night of nostalgia, blast-from-the-past fun and a retro, Rapid City adventure that’s never GAME OVER, guaranteed.