Rapid City, South Dakota


2013 Best Small Towns in America

Contest ends:  September 3, 2013

23 Votes - "Most Patriotic"
2 Votes - "Most Fun"
1 Votes - "Most Beautiful"


Rapid City, SD hosts both Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse Memorial, two must-see national landmarks. The town is as beautiful as it is patriotic, surrounded by the Black Hills, and is the home of Ellsworth AFB.

For a combination of history and beauty take in the scenery on Skyline Drive and visit the Berlin Wall exhibit, the Chapel in the Hills, the Badlands, and bronze statues of all of America’s presidents.

Visitors should take advantage of Downtown Rapid City. In addition to shopping and dining, the area is the Black Hills’ hub for local and regional art. Museums, numerous galleries, and a historic theatre are all located within a few blocks of each other downtown.

How can a town be bad if it's got the Black Hills as its back yard?
Reviewed by Spinfly
on September 17, 2012
I have lived here and visited every summer since I was tiny. It has everything you could possibly ever need; beautiful mountains, old historic buildings, tons of adventures waiting in the black hills.
Reviewed by brynncook
on September 17, 2012
It's such a beautiful city!! Lots to do here and in the surrounding Black Hills!!
Reviewed by emkassu
on September 17, 2012
Rapid City is a town nestled in the Black HIlls surrounded by The Badlands, Mt. Rushmore, Custer State Park, beautiful forests and more.
Reviewed by mobrien42
on September 17, 2012
My wife and I loved Rapid City and The Black Hills so much that after years of working out of state we moved back, and plan on staying. Rapid City is a wonderful place to visit and live. First, a little history. In 1972 to major flood struck Rapid City destroying many low-lying areas. In rebuilding the city, the leadership of RC built a newer, better version with acres and acres of parks and recreation areas replacing destroyed, low-lying areas. The result was a Rapid City that is simply a beautiful place to live and visit. Our walk/bike path system can take you from the plains in eastern Rapid City, through downtown, out to Canyon Lake at the western side of the city, nestled into the hills. In recent years Rapid City has continued to develop new park land, including more hiking trails and a mountain bike park. Now, some geography. Rapid City is located at the foot of The Black Hills, a geological offshoot of The Rocky Mountains. Our unique geography of prairie meeting mountains has given us a vast outdoor playground. The Black Hills National Forest is literally minutes outside of Rapid. Badlands National Park and Wind Cave National Park are both an hour away. Mt. Rushmore, Jewel Cave, and Devils Tower National Monuments are all close to Rapid City. Famed Custer State Park is nearby, as are many other treats. As you can see, we really do have an outdoor playground in our backyard! It is not difficult to find yourself on a back road, or a hiking trail, with no other human in sight. In the winter groomed snowmobile trails are maintained in The Black Hills, and two ski resorts open their doors and lifts for a lot of fun. I spend almost every weekend snowboarding at Terry Peak, enjoying their many runs and terrain park. It is hard to convey in text the quality and character of a special place like Rapid City, but I hope I have given you some flavor in what I have written. I hope you come out and visit us. You won't regret it!
Reviewed by JasonJackson
on September 17, 2012
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