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Located at the gateway to Mount Rushmore, near the Black Hills of South Dakota, Rapid City, is filled with adrenaline-charged outdoor activities, heart-stopping scenery, and rich in cultural history. When you visit Rapid City, you’re within a short drive of six national parks and monuments and surrounded by a local culture that’s rich with tradition and artistic expression.
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On this land where natural wonders are plentiful, and gemstones have been forming for ages, even small roadside stands hold the promise being discovered.
Rapid City is conveniently located close to several Black Hills area national parks, monuments and historical sites. Just a short 25-minute drive from the heart of downtown Rapid City, travelers can explore Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Spend the day sightseeing at two of the areas national caves or be mesmerized by the mysteries of Badlands National Park and Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, less than an hour from Rapid City.
While visiting Custer State Park, you will discover why this 71,000-acre park is considered a vacation paradise. This picturesque area is home to a wide range of wildlife, like deer, prairie dogs, big horn sheep, antelope, elk, and coyote, all of which you may see during your journey. Overflowing with adventure and scenic landscapes, Custer is also known for it’s herds of free roaming buffalo, making an encounter while driving very likely. The park is also home to many historic landmarks, including President Calvin Coolidge’s Summer White House and French Creek, the site where gold was first discovered in Black Hills.