Summer Celebrations

PLAN EARLY FOR AN EPIC SUMMER

It’s going to be the Mount Rushmore of summer celebrations. Weekly fun in Downtown Rapid City, big adventures in our National Parks and a major anniversary for South Dakota’s most famous landmark make Summer 2016 THE season for a Black Hills vacation. Help us celebrate our big anniversary year as the National Park Service Centennial approaches in late August and Mount Rushmore National Memorial marks the 75th anniversary of its completion this fall.

Lucky for you, it’s not about a single day – there’s a whole season ahead focused on connecting you with inspiring experiences. Not just looking up at Mt. Rushmore, but being wowed by what it took to create it. Not just cruising through a national park, but spending the time outdoors to explore its nature and discover your own.

Book early to reserve the best accommodations in the busy months ahead – Summer 2016 in Rapid City is your chance to celebrate epic accomplishments that belong to us all. Just remember to share the experience – when you use the #MyRushmore on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, you’ll have a chance to win Rapid City and Mount Rushmore gear! 

SAVE THE DATE FOR INDEPENDENCE: JULY 4th

Come celebrate all the best things in life this summer in Rapid City: great food, beautiful music, lively entertainment and the freedom of sharing good vibes under starry skies. It’s the all-American way, and you’re invited to be part of it at Independence Day celebrations at Main Street Square, Crazy Horse Memorial and Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

Visit All Six National Parks

Spectacular landscapes, surprising nature and fascinating history, all just a short drive from Rapid City.

It’s Okay To Be Awestruck

You’ve seen these faces before, but until you really stand before Mt. Rushmore, you haven’t witnessed its power. 

Upcoming Events

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