Rapid City in One Day

Experience 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, where you will take on an incredible trek through time, from the violent upheaval that formed the mystical Black Hills over 2.5 billion years ago to the continuing saga of the Western Frontier. When your journey is complete, you will fully understand the legacy of the land and its people. A rotating gallery within the museum showcases a variety of exhibits throughout the year, and the Museum Store features a variety of local gifts and books. For a unique experience, talk with museum staff about having a special presentation by an area artisan or historian. The museum is also available for group functions, such as receptions and dinners.

After experiencing The Journey Museum, make the short trip to Downtown Rapid City where you can explore a variety of local shops, including Prairie Edge Trading Co. & Galleries. Prairie Edge provides a unique experience where you can view a variety of Native American arts and crafts, as well as a fine art gallery and gift shop. Just across the street from Prairie Edge is Rapid City’s newest attraction, Main Street Square. Main Street Square is a beautiful, new public space in the heart of downtown Rapid City. It includes water features, flowering gardens, granite spires and a venue that will host an assortment of events throughout the year, such as the Black Hills Art & Wine Festival, Music on the Square and Movies Under the Stars. Also available downtown is the Dahl Arts Center, which features revolving exhibits, along with a cyclorama mural of the first 200 years of US history. It is also available for private events.

Your guests will enjoy the selection of local shopping and dining downtown, along with walking from corner to corner viewing bronze sculptures of our past presidents. The City of Presidents offers visitors the unique opportunity to have their photo taken with life-sized bronze sculptures of our US presidents. If time permits, a ride on the City View Trolley gives visitors a narrated tour of Rapid City, stopping at many of our local attractions.

Once you’ve experienced all that Downtown Rapid City has to offer, try out one of our free factory tours. Black Hills Gold factory tours are available at both Mt. Rushmore Black Hills Gold and Landstrom’s Original Black Hills Gold. Factory tours provide visitors the chance to go behind the scenes with the artisans, learning step-bystep how Black Hills Gold jewelry is made. Also available are tours of the Sioux Pottery factory, where visitors can talk with Sioux Indian artisans designing the hand-crafted pottery and learn how the process works from start to finish.

Also available in Rapid City are a variety of other free attractions, including the Museum of GeologyStavkirke Chapel in the Hills, and the new Outdoor Campus West.

For evening entertainment, try Downtown Rapid City, Main Street Square, or contact Visit Rapid City for additional options.