Rapid City - The City Named After "Rapid Creek"
Rapid City is a popular vacation destination with many natural attractions and events sensuously pulling people of all age groups. It is the second largest town in South Dakota and has plenty of activities and events for a perfect family entertainment during vacations. It is named after “Rapid Creek” a river, approximately 86 miles long.
Explore the Black Hills and Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Wind Cave National Park and the Badlands National Park while also finding time to visit the shopping centers and restaurants. Rapid City car rentals from CRX will pick you up from Rapid City Regional Airport .
Hotels in Rapid City
There are a lot of superb luxury hotels and budget accommodations in and around downtown Rapid City. Rapid City car rentals from CRX will easily transport you to your preferred destination with pickups from airports.
Rapid City offers a lot of lavish restaurants with delicious cuisine. You can find plenty of restaurants catering to Asian, American, French, Japanese, Caribbean, Cuban and Mediterranean fare to name just a few.
Vacations can be made memorable at Rapid City by various fun filled outdoor activities for the whole family. The numerous national parks give children a window to nature in its purest form with sure sightings of reptiles, mustangs, burros and buffalos to regale them. Dinosaur exhibits are always a kid’s favorite. Play with your family exploring caves, underground gold mines and tramways only at Rapid City. Through Rapid City car rentals from CRX you can have your own transportation letting you visit this exciting place at your leisure. Family vacations in Rapid City will not be complete with out visiting Dinosaur Park, Storybook Island and other indoor and outdoor water parks.
A great place to take your kids for a fun day is the Reptile Garden, located few miles south of Rapid City that carries the world's largest reptile collection. Apart from reptiles it has wide range of Tropical Orchids, tortoises and birds of prey.
South Dakota is comparatively a young state with many structures reminiscing of the past era. There are many museums that house the precious treasure and culture of the place. Fort Meade Cavalry Museum, Custer County's 1881 Courthouse Museum and the Journey are popular Museum halts with each museum bringing a unique experience. The days of the Indian Wars are illustrated at Fort Meade Cavalry Museum whereas The Journey Museum accommodates kids’ entertainment features like the educational videos, craft activities, etc while Adams Museum and House retells the history of the gold rush.
Black Hills described as “the island of trees in a sea of grass” are the mountains of the Great Plains with vibrant flora and fauna and houses six unique national parks in the region. Badlands national Park is famous for its deep gorges. The Jewel Cave which is the second longest in the world is a national monument. Run into elks, bison and pronghorn antelopes while also marveling at the calcite formation in the three dimensional maze cave called the Wind Cave National Park. Enjoy Trout fishing, scenic drives, clear mountain running water and abundant wildlife among the open ranges of Custer State Park. Black Hills also houses the popular Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse Memorial – horse carvings on mountain faces.
Sturgis Motorcycle Rally
The best time for motor cycle enthusiasts to visit Rapid City is the first week of August when the popular motor cycle rally takes place. The motor cycle rally features races and stunts and have been expanded to also include the Hillclimb and Motocross races.
Mount Rushmore and the faces of the four eminent United States former Presidents are a must see place for every tourist. It has the soul of American democracy embedded in it. Completed in 1941, this popular tourist destination attracts over two million visitors every year.
Entertainment and Amusement Parks
The city is also home to various entertainment zones designed to keep kids and adults busy. Pirates Cove Adventure Golf an 18 hole course which won a Beautification award and the Best in the State award. The Ranch Amusement, Crystal Cave Park, Everything Prehistoric, Rushmore Waterslide Park and Aladdin’s Castle are great hits with kids.