Rapid City Tourism

Rapid City is South Dakota’s second largest city and is named after Rapid Creek, on which the city was established, with the eastern slope of the Black Hills in the backdrop. Some of its popular names are “Gateway to the Black Hills” and the “City of Presidents”. The latter because of the many life sized bronze statues of former presidents along the streets and sidewalks of the city.

The founding of the city can be traced back to the discovery of gold in 1874 in the regions of South Dakota. The city was then established in 1876 and was visualized and promoted as the “Gateway to the Black Hills”. Soon by 1900, the city became an important regional trade center and supplier to miners. It was realized that tourism plays a very important role in strengthening the economy and thus gradually the city was built to be a hotspot for visitors. Because of the close proximity of Rapid City to Mount Rushmore National Memorial, there was further national interest, and soon the construction of various military and air force bases also improved the infrastructure of the city.

Now days, Rapid City is extremely famous for some of its attractions like the Bear Country USA, Reptile Gardens, various museums, dinosaur park, amusement parks, art centers and beautiful & mesmerizing natural wildlife habitats. One can experience the wonders of shopping local handcrafted articles or the latest in vogue fashion accessories at Downtown Rapid City, have a blast at the various night clubs and pubs in the city or just drive out to the wilderness and spend some peaceful moments lost in the beauty and enchanting serenity of Mother Nature.

Rapid City makes up for a perfect retreat with your friends and family and gives an assortment of exciting treats to see and do both. Today it has taken up the crown for being South Dakota’s main city for tourism and recreation. Spending a few days here is the most ideal stress buster out there and is sure to calm down those jangling nerves.

Essential travel information and Rapid City tips for your visit

  • Time Zone: UTC -7 hours
  • Currency: American Dollar (USD)
  • Electricity and Internet: Standard output is 110-120V. WiFi connectivity is present almost everywhere and cellular connectivity provides 3G and 4G services.
  • Languages: Predominantly English speaking population.
  • Security: Dial 911 or emergencies.
  • Tipping:Tipping is highly appreciated everywhere on good service but is not compulsory.

The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of Rapid City

  • Know the pollution level of Rapid City before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 4.55 (Very Low)
    • Water Pollution 40 (Moderate)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 55 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 30 (Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 25 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 20 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 10 (Very Low)
  • How safe is Rapid City for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Rapid City.

    • Burglary and Theft 68.75 (High)
    • Mugging and Robbery 34.38 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 46.88 (Moderate)
    • Corruption and Bribery 32.14 (Low)
    • Car Stealing 34.38 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 71.88 (High)
    • Attacks 53.13 (Moderate)
    • Drug offense 56.25 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 81.25 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 37.5 (Low)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 59.38 (Moderate)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 25 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 75 (High)
    • Safety Index 45.9 (Moderate)
    • Climate Index 68.1 (High)
    • Pollution Index 19.09 (Very Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 10 (Very Low)
    • Health Care Index 63.43 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 3.26 (Very Low)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Here's how much it will cost to shop in Rapid City

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.1 USD
    • International Movie per seat 11.38 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 28.33 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 69.6 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 64 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ‚Äčand subjected to change without notice.

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