RAPID CITY

About the city

Because of the discovery of gold, many many years ago, a lot of people moved to the Black Hills of South Dakota. This is why Rapid City was founded in 1876 by a group of  miners, but the town was called different, it was called Hay Camp.The city started selling supplies for miners. In the 1880’s a railroad was build in the city and more and more people moved to Rapid City. The city became a popular tourist destination in the 1890’s and it still is now a days.

 

 

 

 

 

Things to do and to see in Rapid City

First of all there are a lot of different national parks and national monuments in the area. We described these on different pages on the website, but here is a list of the most popular national parks and monuments in the area of Rapid City:
-Badlands National Park
Wind Cave National Park
-Jewel Cave National Monument
Crazy Horse Memorial
There are more national parks and monuments in the area but for more information about those parks you should visit the visitor center in Rapid City.

Of course there are more outdoor activities than visiting national parks. You can find a list with outdoor activities below:
-Rock climbing options are available in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Sports shops in Rapid City sell climbing equipment, maps and guidebooks. You can also take climbing lessons or join one of the guided climbs.
-There are different watersport options in the area. You could go kayaking, canoeing or boating. There are different lakes in the area, but you can’t do every watersport on every lake. To see what kind of activities you could do on every lake you can visit the website of Rapid City.
-If you want to do something else outdoors you could go hiking. There are a lot of different trails. The shortest trail is 1 mile and the longest trail is about 9.5 miles. For more information about all the different trails you can visit the website of Rapid City.
-You could also go biking. If you are interested in biking you should visit the visitor center for bike rental and biking trails.
-If you want to go fishing you should also visit the visitor center because there are some regulations and you need a license.

But there is more to do in Rapid City!
-The Black Hills Community Theatre has some regular shows and some shows are just shown for a short period of time in the theatre. For more information about the shows you should visit the theatre or the visitor center when you are in the city or you can visit the website of the Black Hills Community Theatre.

-If you are travelling with small children the Storybook Island is a great place to go. There are a lot of playsets for children and there are some attractions. There is also a children’s theatre where you can sit down with your children and enjoy one of the different shows. For more information you can visit the website of Storybook Island.

-The Dinosaur Park is a free park on a hill top with huge statues of dinosaurs. It’s really impressive to walk next to a hue dinosaur. The park is really worth a visit especially when you are travelling with children.

-There are a couple of museums in the city. There are museums about art and geology. If you want more information about the museums you should visit the visitor center in the city.

-If you like swimming you must be happy to go to Rapid City because there is a big indoor waterpark here. There are multiple big slides, there is a waterplay area for small children, a lazy river, hot tubs, a spa  and more. For more information you can visit the website of WaTiki Water Park.

-There is one more fun thing in the city. In downtown Rapid City you can find a lot of bronze statues of a lot of different presidents of the USA, so that’s a fun way to take a picture of yourself with one of the presidents.

Campground in Rapid City

There is a  nice KOA campground in Rapid City. The campground has everything you need when you are travelling with a RV and the campground has hot tubs, a sauna, free wi-fi, a pool and more facilities. For more information about this campground you can visit the website of KOA Rapid City.

 

 


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