MainStay Suites Rapid City
3321 Outfitter Road, Rapid City, South Dakota, United States of Americahttp://www.mainstayrapidcity.com(605) 719-5151At MainStay Suites Rapid City, we want visitors to see South Dakota like we do – iconic monuments, the majestic Black Hills breathtaking national parks and a thriving shopping and dining scene. That’s why our extended-stay hotel is conveniently located less than 30 miles from Mount Rushmore and only 10 minutes from downtown Rapid City. From the world’s largest free roaming buffalo herd to Rapid City’s bustling business district, we put the area’s top attractions at your fingertips.
2200 N Maple Ave, Rapid City, SD 57701, United Stateshttp://www.rushmoremall.com(605) 348-3378Great shopping and so much more. Your favorite specialty shops, department stores and an expansive food court are all here for a classic, indoor shopping experience. When you're in the mood to shop the sales or meet for lunch, the Rushmore Mall will be your go to.
City of the Presidents
512 Main St #980, Rapid City, SD 57701, United Stateshttp://www.downtownrapidcity.com(605) 716-7979Visitors to historic downtown Rapid City are greeted by the City of Presidents, a series of life-size bronze statues of our nation’s past presidents on the streets and sidewalks. Whether you’re enjoying downtown shopping, dining or other attractions, you can see these sculptures for free. The City of Presidents project began in 2000 to honor the legacy of the American presidency. Each sculpture was privately funded, and the pattern of placement was chosen to maintain a coherent structure and eliminate any sense of favoritism or political gain. The City of Presidents is part of the Rapid City Historic District Tour.
The Journey Museum and Learning Center
222 New York St, Rapid City, SD 57701, United Stateshttp://www.journeymuseum.org(605) 394-6923The Journey Museum takes you on an incredible trek through time, from the formation of the mystical Black Hills over 2.5 billion years ago to the continuing saga of the Western frontier. Interactive exhibits and dramatic displays present the geography, people and events that shaped the history and heritage of the region. Indian and non-Indian cultures are factually presented. Hands-on examples of rocks, fossils, artifacts and memorabilia encourage each individual to experience the history of the "Paha Sapa" through sight, sound and touch. Open daily, year round.
South Dakota Air and Space Museum
2890 Davis Dr, Ellsworth AFB, SD 57706, United Stateshttp://www.sdairandspacemuseum.com(605) 385-5189The South Dakota Air and Space Museum is located outside the main gate of Ellsworth AFB and has FREE admission. Come learn about the B-1 Bomber and its incredible history in combat.
940 Skyline Dr, Rapid City, SD 57702, United Stateshttp://www.rcgov.org/Parks-and-Recreation/park---dinosaur-park.html(605) 394-4175Free family fun at one of the Black Hills’ original tourist attractions, open to the public since 1936! Dinosaur Park is located on a ridge of sandstone that encircles the Black Hills. Along this ridge dinosaurs of the Late Jurassic and Early Cretaceous periods have been found. Come explore the dinosaur findings and let your imagination run wild!
1301 Sheridan Lake Rd, Rapid City, SD 57702, United Stateshttp://storybookisland.org(605) 342-6357Storybook Island is an admission-free children's theme park open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day Weekend, from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. daily. Come play amongst your favorite storybook characters and enjoy several expanded playgrounds.
8955 US-16, Rapid City, SD 57702, United Stateshttp://www.reptilegardens.com(800) 335-0275Reptile Gardens is about creating unique family memories. Kids will have a blast petting the Giant Aldabra Tortoises, Quasi and Tank. Get down to prairie dog level in an underground bubble and watch the little furry guys frolic and play. You won’t want to miss any of the shows offered throughout the day including a Snake Show, Bird Show, and the ever-popular Gator Show. Make sure you keep your cameras ready because you will have the opportunity to get up close with majestic birds, a Burmese Python and Fluffy the baby Alligator.
Bear Country USA
13820 US-16, Rapid City, SD 57702, United Stateshttp://www.bearcountryusa.com(605) 343-2290Built on 200 acres of towering pines and rolling meadows, just eight miles south of Rapid City, Bear Country U.S.A. offers visitors intimate views of North American mammals. Visitors take a leisurely three-mile drive through several enclosures and encounter black bear, elk, reindeer, deer, cougars, bobcats, rocky mountain goats, bighorn sheep, dall sheep, pronghorn and buffalo.
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
13000 SD-244, Keystone, SD 57751, United Stateshttp://www.nps.gov/moru/index.htm(605) 574-2523The Mount Rushmore National Memorial is a large-scale sculpture of America's most prominent presidents – George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt – carved into a granite face of Mount Rushmore.
Prairie Berry Winery
23837 US-385, Hill City, SD 57745, United Stateshttp://www.prairieberry.com(877) 226-9453Home of Red Ass Rhubarb! Taste their unique South Dakota-made, award-winning wines for FREE. Dry to sweet grape and fruit wines round out the "Best Wine List in the Black Hills."
Custer State Park
13329 US Highway 16A, Custer, SD 57730, United Stateshttp://gfp.sd.gov/state-parks/directory/custer/default.aspx(605) 255-4515The clear mountain waters are inviting, and the open ranges are waiting to be discovered. Bring your family to Custer State Park and let yourself run wild. Custer State Park in the Black Hills encompasses 71,000 acres of spectacular terrain and an abundance of wildlife. Within the park you'll discover a world of adventure!
Crazy Horse Memorial
12151 Avenue of the Chiefs, Crazy Horse, SD 57730, United Stateshttp://www.crazyhorsememorial.org(605) 673-4681Sculptor KorczakZiolkowski and Lakota Chief Henry Standing Bear started Crazy Horse Memorial June 3, 1948. The Memorial’s mission is to honor the culture, tradition and living heritage of North American Indians.
Wind Cave National Park
South Dakota, United Stateshttp://www.nps.gov/wica/index.htm(605) 745-4600Swaying prairie grasses, forested hillsides, bison, elk and prairie dogs welcome visitors to one of our country’s oldest national parks – and one of its few intact prairies. Beneath lies one of the world’s longest caves, Wind Cave. Named for the barometric winds at its entrance, this complex labyrinth of passages contains a unique formation, known as “boxwork.”
The Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, SD
1800 US-18 BYP, Hot Springs, SD 57747, United Stateshttp://mammothsite.com(605) 745-6017Discovered by chance in 1974 while excavating for a housing development, earth-moving equipment exposed South Dakota's greatest fossil treasure. Fortunately, through the work of local citizens, the centuries-old Mammoth Site was preserved. Today it is the world's largest Columbian Mammoth exhibit and a world-renowned research center for Pleistocene studies. To date, 59 mammoths have been identified, along with the remains of a Giant short-faced bear, camel, llama, prairie dog, wolf, fish and numerous invertebrates.
Buffalo Gap National Grassland
1801 US-18, Hot Springs, SD 57747, United Stateshttp://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/nebraska/recarea/?recid=30329(605) 745-4107Buffalo Gap National Grassland boasts some of the most spectacular geological formations in the country. In addition, they constitute one of the nation’s greatest storehouses for vertebrate fossils. A permit is required for the collection of vertebrate paleontological specimens, including their trace fossils (tracks) on any federal lands. These permits are issued only for scientific research and educational purposes. Collection of any objects for commercial purposes, trade or barter is prohibited.
Badlands National Park
South Dakota, United Stateshttp://www.nps.gov/badl/index.htm(605) 433-5361The rugged beauty of the Badlands draws visitors from around the world. These striking geologic deposits contain one of the world’s richest fossil beds. Ancient mammals, such as the rhino, horse and saber-toothed cat once roamed here. The park’s 244,000 acres protect an expanse of mixed-grass prairie where bison, bighorn sheep, prairie dogs and black-footed ferrets live today.
Devils Tower National Monument
WY-110, Devils Tower, WY 82714, United Stateshttp://www.nps.gov/deto/index.htm(307) 467-5283This geological feature protrudes out of the rolling prairie that surrounds the Black Hills. The site is considered sacred to the Lakota and other tribes that have a connection to the area. Hundreds of parallel cracks make it one of the finest traditional crack-climbing areas in North America. Devil’s Tower entices us to explore and define our place in the natural and cultural world.