Rapid City in One Day
Begin your day in Rapid City by learning about the history and the culture of the area with a stop at The Journey Museum & Learning Center, where you will take an incredible trek through time. Interactive exhibits and dramatic displays present examples of rocks, fossils, artifacts and memorabilia allowing each individual to experience the history of the “Paha Sapa” through sight, sound and touch.
Make the short trip to Downtown Rapid City where you can explore a variety of local shops, including Prairie Edge Trading Co. & Galleries, where you’ll find Native American arts and crafts, as well as a fine art gallery and gift shop.
Head across the street to Main Street Square where you can watch the dancing fountains in the summer or ice skate in the winter. After Main Street Square, wander over to the Dahl Arts Center, which features revolving exhibits, along with a cyclorama mural of the first 200 years of U.S. history.
Take the self-guided tour of The City of Presidents and have your photo taken with life-sized bronze sculptures of our U.S. Presidents. If time permits, take a ride on the City View Trolley for a narrated tour of Rapid City, with stops at many of our local attractions. Trolley tours are seasonal.
Once you’ve experienced all that downtown Rapid City has to offer, take a free factory tour and go behind the scenes to learn step-by-step how Black Hills Gold jewelry is made. Also tour the Sioux Pottery factory, where Sioux Indian artisans design hand-crafted pottery and share their craft with visitors.
Late Afternoon/Early Evening
For evening entertainment, try downtown Rapid City, Main Street Square, or visit the attractions page for additional options.