Rapid City, South Dakota


2013 Best Small Towns in America

Contest ends:  September 3, 2013

23 Votes - "Most Patriotic"
2 Votes - "Most Fun"
1 Votes - "Most Beautiful"


Rapid City, SD hosts both Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse Memorial, two must-see national landmarks. The town is as beautiful as it is patriotic, surrounded by the Black Hills, and is the home of Ellsworth AFB.

For a combination of history and beauty take in the scenery on Skyline Drive and visit the Berlin Wall exhibit, the Chapel in the Hills, the Badlands, and bronze statues of all of America’s presidents.

Visitors should take advantage of Downtown Rapid City. In addition to shopping and dining, the area is the Black Hills’ hub for local and regional art. Museums, numerous galleries, and a historic theatre are all located within a few blocks of each other downtown.

No too big, not too small. Lots of things to do and breathtaking places to see. Relaxing and interesting!! You can camp under the stars or stay in luxury at the beautiful Comfort Suites. Perfect vacation for a busy lifestyle.
Reviewed by katieheinis
on September 17, 2012
LOVE IT!! It is so serene, peaceful (not actual city, but surrounding areas). Beautiful landscape and wildlife. Offers many different things to do, most of which, brings one closer to nature. I am planning on living there.....someday!
Reviewed by luvmysnow
on September 17, 2012
Nice local appeal great downton area small town feel w city accomidations
Reviewed by MaryB
on September 17, 2012
Rapid City is a hidden gem in America. It is the largest city in the five state region of South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, and Nebraska. As such it acts a hub in the center of many smaller communities. It's relatively isolated geographic location has allowed it to create it's own unique identity. The west side of the city is nestled into the Black Hills with the east flowing onto to rolling prairie. The east and west sides are bisected by a large mountain. Skyline drive is a scenic road the drives up along the mountain top. On top you will find dinosaur park. Created in the 1930's as a public works project. This park features a large life size cement dinosaur overlooking the city. Downtown is home to all of America's presidents. A permanent art project of life size bronze sculptures of the presidents is displayed throughout the downtown area. In Memorial Park you can stroll thorough the rose gardens and see the Berlin Wall exhibit. It features two 12 ft segments of the original Berlin Wall and some WWII tank traps, accompanied by interpretative placards. The chapel in the hills is an exact reproduction of the famous Borgund Stavkirke of Laerdal, Norway. Rapid City is within a short distance to some of the most amazing wonders in America. Mt. Rushmore, Crazy Horse monument, Devil's Tower, and the Badlands are all with a short drive. The town of Sturgis and it's famous motorcycle rally are just 25 minutes away. The legendary gambling town of Deadwood is located here also. Rapid City is at the center of it all. Scenic beauty, city amenities, and unique identity make Rapid City best of the road!
Reviewed by JC
on September 17, 2012
love it - the Hills are stunning
Reviewed by katehennen
on September 17, 2012
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