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.
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?
This remarkable state park is full of some astounding scenery (yay, nature lovers!), great scenic drives, wildlife, and more.
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.
It’s full of stunning views from its scenic overlooks, amazing hikes, fun wildlife like prairie dogs and bighorn sheep, and some interesting history.
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).