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We use A.I. to generate travel itineraries based on recommendations made by travel bloggers and social media influencers. This day by day itinerary for Rapid City is derived from content published on 102 travel blogs and 248 blog posts.

Rapid City is the second most populous city in South Dakota and the county seat of Pennington County. Named after Rapid Creek, where the settlement developed, it is in the western part of the state, located on the eastern slope of the Black Hills mountain range. The population was 67,956 as of the 2010 Census.Known as the "Gateway to the Black Hills" due to its location and the "City of Presidents" because of the life-size bronze president statues located downtown, Rapid City is split by a low mountain ridge that divides the western and eastern parts of the city. Ellsworth Air Force Base is located on the outskirts of the city. Wikipedia

Last Updated: Sun Sep 25 2022 17:08:32 GM

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Day 1
Rapid City itinerary, Reptile Gardens
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  Duration: 1.5 hrs

Reptile Gardens is an animal park located south of Rapid City, South Dakota on the road to Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Reptile Gardens was cited in the 2014 Guinness Book of World Records for being the world's largest reptile zoo. It was recertified in the 2018 edition.

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Rapid City itinerary, Storybook Island
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  Duration: 8 hrs

A kids' park

Theme Park
Day 2
Rapid City itinerary, Dinosaur Park
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  Duration: 1.5 hrs

Dinosaur Park is a tourist attraction in Rapid City, South Dakota, United States. Dedicated on May 22, 1936, it contains seven dinosaur sculptures on a hill overlooking the city, created to capitalize on the tourists coming to the Black Hills to see Mount Rushmore. Constructed by the city of Rapid City and the Works Progress Administration, WPA Project #960's dinosaurs were designed by Emmet Sullivan. Sullivan also designed the Apatosaurus at Wall Drug nearby in Wall, South Dakota, the Christ of the Ozarks statue in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, and the dinosaurs at the now closed Dinosaur World in Beaver, Arkansas.

Rapid City itinerary, Martin Van Buren Statue
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  Duration: 0.5 hrs

Martin Van Buren was an American lawyer and statesman who served as the eighth president of the United States from 1837 to 1841. A founder of the Democratic Party, he had previously served as the ninth governor of New York, the tenth United States secretary of state, and the eighth vice president of the United States. He won the 1836 presidential election with the endorsement of popular outgoing President Andrew Jackson and the organizational strength of the Democratic Party. He was the third incumbent vice president to be elected president.

Artwork
Rapid City itinerary, Art Alley
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  Duration: 1.5 hrs

Graffiti, Paintings, Sculpture, Poetry, and even profile photos fill this alley that is always changing. [[Image:Rapid City Art Alley.jpg|thumb|Art Alley in Rapid City]]

Rapid City itinerary, Hotel Alex Johnson Rapid City, Curio Collection By Hilton
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  Duration: 1.5 hrs

The Hotel Alex Johnson is a historic hotel in Rapid City, South Dakota, having opened in 1928. The Hotel Alex Johnson is a member of Historic Hotels of America, the official program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. .

Rapid City itinerary, Main Street Square
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  Duration: 1.5 hrs

The Main Street Square is an open space that has gardens and hosts events like the Black Hills Art & Wine Festival.

Rapid City itinerary, Skyline Drive
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  Duration: 2 hrs

On our first afternoon upon arrival, Jade, Hardy and I went up to Skyline Drive, to both the free Dinosaur Park, and then to the 150-acre wilderness area where we hiked a mile or so in before the rain hit.

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Day 3
Rapid City itinerary, Badlands National Park
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  Duration: 2 hrs

Badlands National Park is an American national park located in southwestern South Dakota. The park protects 242,756 acres of sharply eroded buttes and pinnacles, along with the largest undisturbed mixed grass prairie in the United States. The National Park Service manages the park, with the South Unit being co-managed with the Oglala Lakota tribe. The Badlands Wilderness protects 64,144 acres of the park as a designated wilderness area, and is one site where the black-footed ferret, one of the most endangered mammals in the world, was reintroduced to the wild.

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Rapid City itinerary, Wall Drug Store
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  Duration: 1.5 hrs

Wall Drug Store, often called simply Wall Drug, is a roadside attraction and tourist stop located in the town of Wall, South Dakota, adjacent to Badlands National Park. Wall Drug consists of a collection of cowboy-themed stores, including a drug store, gift shop, several restaurants, and various other stores, as well as an art gallery and an 80-foot brontosaurus sculpture. Unlike a traditional shopping mall, all the stores at Wall Drug operate under a single entity rather than being run individually. The New York Times has described Wall Drug as "a sprawling tourist attraction of international renown [that] draws some two million annual visitors to a remote town."

Rapid City itinerary, Mount Moriah Cemetery
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  Duration: 1.5 hrs

Mount Moriah Cemetery on Mount Moriah in Deadwood, Lawrence County, South Dakota is the burial place of Wild Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane, Seth Bullock and other notable figures of the Wild West. By tradition, the American flag flies over the cemetery 24 hours a day, rather than merely from sunrise to sunset.In the early years of Deadwood, there were two graveyards: The Ingelside Cemetery, which was part of the way up Mount Moriah and was filled quickly in the first few years it was open, and the Catholic Cemetery. Many prospectors, miners, settlers, prostitutes and children were buried within the Ingelside Cemetery, alongside Wild Bill Hickok and Preacher Smith.In the 1880s it was determined that the land where Ingelside Cemetery was located could be better used for housing. Most of the bodies there were moved up the mountain to Mount Moriah and re-interred.

Day 4
Rapid City itinerary, Sylvan Lake
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  Duration: 1.5 hrs

Sylvan Lake is a lake located in Custer State Park, in the Black Hills of South Dakota, United States. It was created in 1881 when Theodore Reder built a dam across Sunday Gulch Creek. The lake area offers picnic places, rock climbing, small rental boats, swimming, and hiking trails. It is also popular as a starting point for excursions to Black Elk Peak and The Needles.

Rapid City itinerary, Black Hills National Forest
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  Duration: 1.5 hrs

Black Hills National Forest is located in southwestern South Dakota and northeastern Wyoming, United States. The forest has an area of over 1.25 million acres and is managed by the Forest Service. Forest headquarters are located in Custer, South Dakota. There are local ranger district offices in Custer, Rapid City, and Spearfish in South Dakota, and in Sundance, Wyoming.Predominantly ponderosa pine, the forest also includes hard woods like aspen, bur oak, and birch.

Rapid City itinerary, Wildlife Loop Road
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  Duration: 2 hrs

Custer State Park is a 71,000 acre park that’s home to many animals, including bison, elk, deer, pronghorn antelope, and mountain goats. The Wildlife Loop Road is a great way to see the animals in their natural habitat.

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Rapid City itinerary, Black Hills Playhouse
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  Duration: 3 hrs

The Black Hills Playhouse is an American theater located just off the Needles Highway and Iron Mountain Road in Custer State Park in the Black Hills of South Dakota. The playhouse is managed by Black Hills Playhouse Inc. It is one of the oldest continuously operated non-profit, non-equity professional summer stock theaters in America.

Theatre
Day 5
Rapid City itinerary, Jewel Cave National Monument
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  Duration: 1.5 hrs

Jewel Cave National Monument contains Jewel Cave, currently the third longest cave in the world, with 200.3 miles of mapped passageways. It is located approximately 13 miles west of the town of Custer in Black Hills of South Dakota. It became a national monument in 1908.

Rapid City itinerary, Watiki Indoor Waterpark Resort
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  Duration: 1.5 hrs

Watiki Water Park There are some wonderful rainy day activities on this list of things to do in Rapid City, but if the sun is blazing, there’s only one place to go. Watiki Water Park is the answer to cool off on a hot summer’s day with a sprawling mix of thrilling water slides and swimming pools.

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Day 2
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