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Looking for the best place to sit down with a glass of wine? Perhaps you're looking for a trail with a fantastic view. Ask our local experts and find the hidden gems you’ve been looking for!

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Rapid City Local Wine Expert

Kara Sweet – Wine Expert

To eat and drink like a local, park your vehicle in Downtown Rapid City and get ready to explore. Walk around and check out all the local restaurants, the cool bars and fun patios. For a great Sunday mimosa, you'll want to visit Tally's, or for a fun evening with friends enjoy Murphy's patio and sip on a glass of your favorite cocktail. Explore Main and St. Joseph Streets as well as all the side streets for some hidden gems. Top off your experience with a stroll through the hidden gem, Art Alley. If you're wanting to take a bottle of wine home with you, stop by Canyon Lake Liquors and let the experts help you pick out your new favorite.

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Rapid City Local Artist

Derek Smith - Local Muralist

Rapid City draws its elegance from the uniquely local beauty of the Black Hills. The Dahl Arts Center is a place that reflects many points of inspiration from the community. While visiting the variety of the galleries, stop in to Perfect Hanging Gallery, Shaviq, and Susie Cappa to take in the richness of local artists and one of a kind shops downtown. Take a stroll down Art Alley to breath in the collective art that inspires, connects, and uplifts the community. 

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Rapid City Local Hiking Expert

Bill Bernhard – Hiking Expert

Rapid City and the Black Hills are an outdoor enthusiast's paradise! The area offers people of all fitness levels the opportunity to hike, road bike, mountain bike or trail run. One of my favorite hikes is to Little Devils Tower. When you arrive near the top, you will need to break out your inner rock climber. Once at the top, the views are spectacular and you may even run into some mountain goats. Just don't get too close  they don't like that!

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Cody Johnson – Biking Enthusiast

Rapid City is a biker’s hidden goldmine that offers beautiful landscapes and awesome views. We are literally surrounded by miles of riding opportunities and there are various trails for all skill levels, from the toughest downhill trails to smooth, longer family rides.

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Rapid City Local Hiking Expert

Jennifer Dame – Local Mom 

Family fun and adventure is around every corner in Rapid City and the Black Hills. Downtown Rapid City and Main Street Square has activities galore year round, delicious food and fantastic shopping all in one location you can't go wrong. Kids can run through the interactive water fountain in the summer while you sit nearby snacking on ice cream from one of Rapid City's finest, Silver Lining Creamery. During the summer months, the square find concerts and movies and in the winter, lace up your skates and hit the rink. For the more adventurous there are is zip lining, hiking, Reptile Gardens and Bear Country! On a budget? Let an expert help you find what works for you. With plenty of activities for all ages, there is never a dull moment! 

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Emily Harris – Events Coordinator at Hay Camp Brewing Co.

Rapid City has an abundant craft beer scene. With 5 local craft breweries right within the city, each having a variety of styles, flavors and tavern atmospheres to choose from, you will not be disappointed. All of our breweries have their own specialties and something different to offer, so I recommend trying them all!

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Carrie Gerlach – Owner of Black Hills Adventure Tours

There's such a great diversity of activities right here in Rapid City, you don't even have to leave town. You can be hiking or kayaking within 10 minutes, and rock climbing within 20. Consider a challenging hike or a laid-back family bike ride on one of the many paths or take it easy on a relaxing lake kayak. Rapid City is the perfect place for any fitness level or activity that interests you. 

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Learn how you can experience Rapid City "Like a Local" by asking our experts about food, wine, arts and culture, outdoor recreation, and family friendly activities!