11+ Amazing Day Trips From Rapid City, South Dakota

Rapid City, South Dakota, is a popular “home base” from which to explore Mount Rushmore, the Black Hills, and everything else that area has to offer. Here are the top day trips from Rapid City.

In this story I cover the best day trips, including guided options, plus I’ll give you some recommendations for where to stay in Rapid City.

You’ve got George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Teddy Roosevelt’s heads carved into a mountain. What more do I need to say?

Mount Rushmore National Memorial

This remarkable state park is full of some astounding scenery (yay, nature lovers!), great scenic drives, wildlife, and more.

Custer State Park

It’s so large, that it’s easily viewable from the road out front. It’s a great place from which to get a few photos at a distance that show how tall the carving is.

Crazy Horse Memorial

It’s full of stunning views from its scenic overlooks, amazing hikes, fun wildlife like prairie dogs and bighorn sheep, and some interesting history.

Badlands National Park

Wind Cave National Park is home to one of the largest caves in the world and is the only other National Park in South Dakota (Badlands National Park being the other).

Wind Cave National Park

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