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Your Winter Vacation Destination

South Dakota adventures are waiting to be explored in our one-of-a-kind cold weather destination. Big attractions without big crowds lend the opportunity to slow down and take in Black Hills experiences from a different perspective. Gaze upon the snow dusted, 60-foot carvings of Mount Rushmore and muted colors of the “Badlands”, but what you’ll remember most is a “buffalo car wash” and dining on outdoor patios from the comfort of a heated igloo.

Explore The Outdoors

Rapid City is the “banana belt” of South Dakota, sheltered from the worst of winter weather by mountains. Though the popular Black Hills vacation destination can see a few snow storms in the colder months, the average temperature November to April is 42 degrees. And it’s not unimaginable to see 60 degrees in January. Mild winter weather allows visitors to not only take in cozy experiences indoors, but immerse themselves in the famous landscapes at surrounding Black Hills and Badlands area. Discover winter experiences at these parks and monuments.

Explore Rapid

In the city, let the little things take over and give those bigger things a run for their money. Test your skating skills at Main Street Square or simply enjoy the small-town charm of the city’s ice rink. Watch bar tenders at the underground prohibition-era speakeasy chisel ice for the perfect handcrafted cocktail or enjoy local beverages at the largest collection of breweries on the western side of the state. Fill your appetite at twenty-six unique downtown restaurants and explore some of the best public displays of art in South Dakota.

Explore Lodging Options

Benefits of a winter vacation include lower off season lodging rates. In Rapid, you’ll find not only hotels and motels, but resorts and cabins that help create a cozy winter experience. Whether you love modern styles and eco-friendly services, historic buildings with timeless character or the hospitality of well-known brands, your trip will be more memorable when you have a great place to rest your head.