Small Town Spotlight: Rapid City, South Dakota
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Discover larger-than-life adventures in the small town of Rapid City, South Dakota. You can build an itinerary to please any traveler when you visit this destination that’s centrally located in the beautiful Black Hills. Road trippers can cruise along several scenic drives, and history buffs can spend their days viewing several nearby national monuments and parks. Finally, nature lovers can indulge their senses in a variety of outdoor activities. Regardless of how you spend your days, you’ll love your downtime at the spacious Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Rapid City.
Consider spending your first day or two exploring the area by car, motorcycle, or trolley. The City View Trolley will take you to many of the Rapid City attractions, like the Journey Museum and Storybook Island. For a more adventurous ride, fill the gas tank and cruise Needles Highway or Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway. You’ll be captivated by the towering limestone, dense forests, and unique tunnels and bridges. Get a double dose of fun when you take Iron Mountain Road; this 17-mile motorway will take you to the entrance of Mount Rushmore!
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The famous granite sculpture is just one of many national treasures to see when visiting Rapid City. Take a ranger-guided tour of the Jewel Cave National Monument, one of the longest caves in the world. Devils Tower National Monument should also be a must on your itinerary. President Theodore Roosevelt named Devils Tower as the first national monument in 1906. Lastly, you should head to the Crazy Horse Memorial, a tribute to a legendary Lakota leader, to see a sculpture 34 years in the making. Upon completion, it will be the largest sculpture in the world.
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There is still so much more to see and do in this South Dakota town. Explore all that nature has to offer by hiking Harney Peak or Spring Creek Trail. If you’re lucky, you may catch a glimpse of some wildlife. Take your excursion off-land by water skiing, sailing, canoeing, and scuba diving in one of the area’s 14 man-made lakes.
Culture, scenery, and adventure make Rapid City the perfect destination. Plan a weekend getaway or a lengthier vacation to fully experience the area! You can begin each day with a hot, complimentary breakfast at the Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Rapid City and end each day with a few trips down their indoor waterslide. Splashing is encouraged!