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.

Ellsworth AFB is a wonderful place to be stationed. We have enjoyed getting familiar with Rapid City. This is a friendly, beautiful city.
Reviewed by bbcombs5
on September 17, 2012
I love Rapid City, it is just on the outskirts of the black hills and the badlands.
Reviewed by Dominate
on September 17, 2012
What can be more patriotic than a city who dedicates itself to our founding fathers and nation leaders? VOTE RAPID CITY!!
Reviewed by pfcairo
on September 17, 2012
This is a very patriotic city: nearby is Ellsworth Air Force Base, home of the B-1 bomber; 20 miles away is patriotic Mount Rushmore; Rapid City always hosts a huge celebration and parade honoring military veterans on Veterans Day; the local university is ranked tied for the #3 spot in the country for its support of its veteran students (South Dakota School of Mines and Technology); and the city is known as the "City of Presidents" because the downtown area has a life-size bronze statue of a different U.S. President on each corner.
Reviewed by calgirlcat
on September 17, 2012
Rapid City sits in the heart of America, geographically and emotionally. It is the center of American progress west, and the pioneering spirit. The people who came out there though brought with them the core ideas that our country was founded on. This is why the Mt. Rushmore monument ended up in South Dakota. The patriotism of this place extends beyond the military base there, or the veteran’s support units. It transcends the historical societies. It picks up the story lines of the Native American and weaves them into our own. The patriotism of Rapid City is at once reverent and dynamic. People come from across the nation and across the world. They are drawn to this place on a pilgrimage. Whether they come for understanding or enlightenment or just to feel a sense of wonder they are all drawn to the black hills and the history that is preserved here. One of the most interesting parts of the area is the Hall of Records, a stone chamber carved behind Lincoln’s head into Mt. Rushmore. There in a titanium vault are ceramic documents. The most important documents of our nation. From Native American legends to the Constitution. The Hall of Records is the perfect metaphor for Rapid City, it is a hallowed tomb carved out of sacred ground to preserve the story of our nation and us as a people.
Reviewed by Clark_T
on September 17, 2012
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