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Three Rivers, CA, USA

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Welcome to the Midwest

Set against the Black Hills mountains, Rapid City promises an authentic Midwest experience. The city itself is has a walkable downtown core, dotted with art centers, history museums, and independent galleries. Famous as the home of Mount Rushmore, Black Hills National Forest is strewn with big ticket attractions. Snap a selfie with Washington, Jefferson, Roosevelt, and Lincoln, then head to the Crazy Horse Memorial. If you really want to soak it all up, why not swap a central hotel for one of the stunning Rapid City vacation rentals in Black Hills National Forest?

Hit the trails or the tarmac in Rapid City

In Rapid City, getting out of town is all part of the fun. So why not don your hiking boots and hit the trails? If you’re not keen to work up a sweat, Custer State Park’s 18-mile long Wildlife Loop Road is a gentle family-friendly way to spot buffalo, elk, big horn sheep, mountain goats, prairie dogs, and burros. Still want more? Speed past towering deciduous on the Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway, take on the hairpin turns of Needles Highway, and squeeze through Iron Mountain Road’s infamous single lane tunnels.

Hang out with presidents and pioneers in Rapid City

No visit to Rapid City is complete without ticking off Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse Memorial. But for something a little different, take a historic ride on the Black Hills Central Railroad. If you’re looking for an all ages introduction to the South Dakota backcountry, head to Outdoor Campus West. The sprawling open air education center is home to well-maintained trails, a huge freshwater aquarium, and plenty of interactive exhibits. Kids will love the South Dakota Air & Space Museum, as well as wildlife attractions like Bear Country USA.

Springtime bliss in Rapid City

Thanks to attractions like Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Rapid City is a year-round destination. Though like most of America’s national parks, the majority of visitors arrive in the summer. Some even bring 4 legged friends along for the adventure, which is easy thanks to a fantastic line-up of pet friendly Rapid City vacation rentals. Summer days are luxuriously long, but the city can feel a little congested. If you’d rather skip the crowds try visiting in spring. Nights can get chilly, but the mountains keep the rain at bay, which makes for great hiking weather.

A smorgasbord of scenery around Rapid City

Rapid City acts as a gateway to some of the most impressive scenery in the Midwest. Explore more than 350 miles of hiking trails, or take advantage of the state highways and scenic bypasses that wind through Black Hills National Forest. A 1-hour drive to the east is Badlands National Park, known for its ancient fossils, jagged canyons, and towering spires. Whoever you’re traveling with, Rapid City vacation rentals are the perfect way to wind up a long day of scenic sightseeing. Choose from romantic log cabins, luxurious mountain retreats, family-friendly lodges, and everything in-between.