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Tourism

apid City is a city where a vibrant contemporary city vibe complements a deeply meaningful and rich cultural heritage. With six national parks, monuments and memorials as well as a host of state parks all within an hour’s drive, Rapid City gives visitors a multitude of sites and experiences to enjoy.

Parks and Monuments

• Mount Rushmore National Memorial
• Badlands National Park
• Custer State park
• Devil’s Tower
• Jewel Cave National Monument
• Wind Cave National Park
• Minute Man Missile Silo
• Crazy Horse Memorial

As a resident it’s easy to love all that the strong tourism industry brings to the region. Whether you want a quick afternoon or an extended staycation, you don’t have to go far to find something new to do. Additionally, tourism makes up 9.5 percent of all jobs in the state. Lastly, our strong tourism industry means residents pay less in taxes; each South Dakota household would pay an additional $821 in taxes per year if tourism didn’t exist.

A few nearby attractions:

(For a complete listing see ATTRACTIONS/ENTERTAINMENT/EVENTS in our directory)

• America’s Founding Fathers Exhibit
• Bear Country USA
• Black Hills Caverns
• Cosmos of the Black Hills
• Dinosaur Park
• Reptile Gardens
• Storybook Island

With more than 4,500 hotel rooms in Rapid City, there is always a place to rest your head at the end of a long day of site-seeing. (See LODGING in our directory for a complete listing)

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