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Rapid City
Rapid City has long been considered one of the gateways to the West, and its rich cowboy and Native American heritage is the result. Visitors won't want to miss the area's mammoth outdoor sculptures. There's Mount Rushmore, of course, but work also continues on the nearby Crazy Horse Memorial, which will be the largest sculpture in the world when it is finally completed years down the line. Among the many local attractions are the scenic Black Hills, several nearby cavern systems that offer guided tours and the South Dakota Air and Space Museum.

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Pawnseum
Pawnseum
Owner description: What do you get when you cross a world-class Pawn Shop with an amazing musuem? Well...You get a Pawnseum. More importantly, you get the World's Only Pawnseum. And it's located... more Owner description: What do you get when you cross a world-class Pawn Shop with an amazing musuem? Well...You get a Pawnseum. More importantly, you get the World's Only Pawnseum. And it's located in downtown Rapid City, SD (only a half-hour from Mount Rushmore!) At the Pawnseum, you will not only view rare artifacts like The Friendship 7 Periscope Lens, The Icebox Nugget, and "Pawnzi", The World's Smallest Dog?, We feature an amazing collection of Native American artifacts, Western Historic items, and much, much more! Lots of reasonably-priced Pawnseum souveniers are on-hand. The World's Only Pawnseum is truly a FUN place to learn! less
Attraction type: Specialty & Gift Shops; Specialty Museums; History Museums
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Prairie Edge Trading Co. & Galleries
Prairie Edge Trading Co. & Galleries
Owner description: To some, we are a Native American art gallery; to others, we are a trading post reminiscent of days gone by. On the corner of 6th Street and Main in downtown Rapid City, Prairie... more Owner description: To some, we are a Native American art gallery; to others, we are a trading post reminiscent of days gone by. On the corner of 6th Street and Main in downtown Rapid City, Prairie Edge stands two stories high and stretches out for half a block as a brick, wood, and glass storefront that has been restored to its original 19th century glory. Inside, the hardwood floors and polished cabinetry bring to mind the spirit of the Old West, while the distinct smell of sweetgrass and soft sound of a Lakota flute evoke the mystique of the Plains Indian culture. less
Attraction type: Art Galleries
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Reptile Gardens
Reptile Gardens
Owner description: World-renowned adventure park, Reptile Gardens is a must-see family attraction no matter what your age. We maintain the finest collection of tropical plants, colorful flowers, and... more Owner description: World-renowned adventure park, Reptile Gardens is a must-see family attraction no matter what your age. We maintain the finest collection of tropical plants, colorful flowers, and exotic reptiles anywhere - we have more species and subspecies of venomous reptiles than any other zoo or park in the world! less
Attraction type: Nature & Wildlife Areas; Zoos
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Storybook Island
Storybook Island
Attraction type: Amusement & Theme Parks
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Chapel in the Hills
Chapel in the Hills
Replica of the 850-year-old Borgund Church in Norway and has unique architecture and woodcarvings.
Attraction type: Architectural Buildings
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All places to eat » Places to eat

NOSH Mobile Eatery
NOSH Mobile Eatery
Ranked #1 of 223 Restaurants in Rapid City
Price: $5 - $10
Cuisines: American, Asian fusion
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner
Everest Cuisine
Everest Cuisine
Ranked #2 of 223 Restaurants in Rapid City
Cuisines: Indian, Nepali
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner
Independent Ale House
Independent Ale House
Ranked #3 of 223 Restaurants in Rapid City
Cuisines: American, Pizza, Pub
Dining options: Drinks, Dinner, Late Night
Philly Ted's
Philly Ted's
Ranked #4 of 223 Restaurants in Rapid City
Cuisines: Sandwiches
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Delivery, Late Night, Takeout
Kathmandu Bistro
Kathmandu Bistro
Ranked #5 of 223 Restaurants in Rapid City
Price: $11 - $30
Cuisines: Indian, Tibetan, Nepali
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Whispering Winds Cottages
2.5 of 5
Whispering Winds Cottages
$78 - $180
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BackRoads Inn & Cabins
BackRoads Inn & Cabins
$68 - $300
Comfort Inn I-90
2.0 of 5
Comfort Inn I-90
$75 - $233
Ranked #6 of 52 Hotels in Rapid City
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

Cambria Suites Rapid City
3.0 of 5
Cambria Suites Rapid City
$139 - $343
Ranked #1 of 52 Hotels in Rapid City
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Comfort Suites Hotel & Convention Center Rapid City
2.5 of 5
Comfort Suites Hotel & Convention Center Rapid City
$127 - $249
Ranked #2 of 52 Hotels in Rapid City
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Big Sky Lodge
2.0 of 5
Big Sky Lodge
$95 - $135
Ranked #4 of 52 Hotels in Rapid City
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