Top 10 Area Attractions
The best thing about Rapid City is its close proximity to attractions big and small. From baby bears to mountain coasters you're in for the ride of your life at these top 10 area attractions!
1 - Bear Country USA
A unique drive-thru park featuring North American wildlife and the largest collection of privately owned black bears.
2 - Mount Rushmore National Memorial
More than two million visitors from across the country and world come here every year to see this monumental sculpture of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln.
3 - Reptile Gardens
A must see family attraction! The world's largest reptile collection, as listed in the 2014 Guinness Book of World Records, is on display along with orchids and other tropical flowers in an indoor jungle, giant tortoises and birds of prey.
4 - Wildlife Loop
The 18-mile Wildlife Loop Road winds around the southern edge of Custer State Park and offers close-up views of the park’s 1,300 roaming buffalo, elk, big horn sheep, mountain goats, prairie dogs and curious burros.
5 - 1880 Train - Black Hills Central Railroad
All aboard the 1880 train! Two hour train ride through the beautiful Black Hills.
6 - Rush Mountain Adventure Park
Soar through the air, crawl underground, take a virtual ride, or zoom down a mountain. Rush Mountain Adventure Park: Home of Rushmore Cave has a little something for everyone.
7 - Custer State Park
Custer State Park is one of the largest state parks and famous for its bison herd, a variety of wildlife, scenic drives and historic sites. It also offers miles of hiking trails to explore.
8 - Badlands National Park
Badlands National Park, dating back 37 million years, is one of the world's richest Oligocene epoch fossil beds. The jagged spires, eroded buttes and deep crevasses of the Badlands offer unique scenery that you can explore on foot, horseback or by car.
9 - Crazy Horse Memorial
Witness the creation of a true world wonder. Paying tribute to the culture, tradition and living heritage of American Indians and the spirit of legendary Lakota leader, Crazy Horse, it is the world’s largest ongoing mountain carving.
10 - Wind Cave National Park
Located 65 miles southwest of Rapid City is one of the longest and most complex caves in the world. Wind Cave National Park is one of the oldest parks in the country and showcases beauty both above and below the surface.