SUMMER VACATION

REMEMBER SUMMER VACATION? THIS IS EVEN BETTER

A great summer vacation can be the stuff of family legend, complete with details to debate for generations. Whether your crew thrives on chasing big adventure in the mountains, filling their photo galleries with iconic American landmarks or hands-on time with critters and frontier culture, summer in Rapid City stands tall with worthwhile experiences. It’s the Mount Rushmore of summer vacation destinations, surrounded by diverse state and national parks with inspiring mountain monuments – four-season fun that’s at its peak in this big anniversary year.

Summer in Downtown Rapid City is special every year, thanks to free events that bring people together all season long. Families love Movies Under the Stars at Main Street Square on Monday nights. Summer Nights and the Main Street Square Concert Series turn Thursday evenings into a weekly street festival and musical event that’s family-friendly and local-approved. Live music on two stages, cold beverages, hot street food and fun kids activities make for magical nights under starry skies. Throughout downtown, the mood is friendly, welcoming and creative, including Art Alley, where the unexpected is always happening.

That joyous summer mood isn’t limited to Thursday nights, with Rapid City events throughout the summer set to become the highlight of your vacation. Hike to seldom-accessed areas during the Crazy Horse Memorial Volksmarch in June. Celebrate freedom on Independence Day and cultural heritage at Native POP in July. Catch the Central States Fair or witness the rumble of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in August. Stay in Rapid City for the best of both worlds – you’re a short drive away from all the excitement but right at home in friendly accommodations with a great dining experience at every meal.

You won’t be the only one with the brilliant idea of making Rapid City your memory-making vacation this summer. Book early to create the getaway that’s just right for your family. And remember to share the experience – when you use #MyRushmore on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, you’ll have a chance to win Rapid City and Mount Rushmore gear!

THE COUNTDOWN IS ON: MT. RUSHMORE'S 75TH

When it comes to vacation memories, being in an epic spot at a major moment in time will always deliver. In Summer 2016, lighting ceremonies, exhibits and events build excitement around the 75th year since the completion of Mount Rushmore National Memorial in advance of the October anniversary.

WHERE'D YOU FIND THAT?

A summer page-turner. Your own piece of Native American artistry. The hat your friends will try to borrow. Find it all in the shops of Rapid City.

SUMMER YUM IS IN SEASON

Devour fresh picks and super-local flavor right on the spot, or take home food specialties and handmade crafts from the Black Hills Farmers Market. 

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