Attractions August 03, 2021
It’s Official: South Dakota’s Very Own Rapid City Is One Of The Country’s Coolest Small Towns To Visit This Year
The rest of the country has officially been told what we already know: Our very own Rapid City is one of the coolest small towns in the country! Have you been living under a rock and are not sure what we mean? Here is what
Matador Network has to say about it:
During these uncertain times, please keep safety in mind and consider adding destinations to your bucket list to visit at a later date.
As per its
25 coolest towns in America to visit in 2021, Matador Network names Rapid City as one of the best for several obvious and surprising reasons.
"If you’ve done the enviable road trip through South Dakota to the Black Hills and Mt. Rushmore, chances are you’ve at least passed through Rapid City, full of bright green hills and grain silos in the middle of downtown," begins the article, calling Rapid City South Dakota's "creative heartbeat" thanks to its stellar arts scene and historical attractions.
In addition to places like Art Alley and the iconic Hotel Alex Johnson, the article goes on to discuss other enjoyable (and sometimes surprising) attractions around town, including local restaurants and breweries, presidential statues at every corner, and the can't-miss views from atop Dinosaur Park (pictured)!
Founded in 1876, Rapid City - like many other towns - was settled during the Gold Rush by miners looking to find other ways to make money when their luck (and the nearby mine's veins) ran dry.
Nicknamed the "Gateway to the Black Hills," Rapid City would soon find its niche via tourism, thanks to nearby landmarks like Mount Rushmore, easy access to outdoor recreation, and other unique Midwest attractions.
Not sure what to do when you visit Rapid City? Aside from the obvious (Mount Rushmore!), we recommend visiting
Reptile Gardens, Chapel in the Hills, and Storybook Island (pictured).
To discover even more to see and do around Rapid City, check out Visit Rapid City's
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here! For even more to see and do around RC, click on There’s A Dinosaur-Themed Park In South Dakota Called Dinosaur Park. Address: Rapid City, SD, USA