Rapid City lies east of Black Hills National Forest in western South Dakota. It’s known as a gateway to Mt. Rushmore, the massive iconic sculpture of 4 U.S. presidents. “City of Presidents,” a series of life-size statues, spans several blocks downtown.
The Rapid City Tour includes a trip up Skyline Drive to see an overview of east and west Rapid City, Dinosaur Park, Hangman’s Hill, and a drive through the West Boulevard historical district with its lovely old homes. We drive through downtown Rapid City which features bronze statues of all but the last two U.S. Presidents, as well as the historic Alex Johnson Hotel and the Prairie Edge Native American Store. Then we drive over to the Civic Center to see a display of pieces of the Berlin Wall and the Rose Gardens. As we drive into the west side of Rapid City we will see the parks created from the ravages of the 1972 Flood. We will also see Storybook Island, the Formal Gardens, Canyon Lake Park and Stavkirke Chapel In the Hills, which is an exact replica of an 850 Norwegian church with its storehouse and log museum building.
We can go to the Journey Museum which depicts the history of the area starting from the beginning of time in the Black Hills up through modern day Rapid City, or we can go to the South Dakota School of Mines Geology Museum with its displays of fossils and a large mineral collection. There is the Dahl Fine Arts Center downtown or the South Dakota Air and Space Museum 8 miles east of Rapid City, which features numerous old Air Force planes including the B-1 Bomber. If you are not into museums we can go to the Black Hills Gold Jewelry Factory for a tour of the jewelry making process and shopping in the outlet store.
This narrated tour last about 4 hours and costs $135 per person plus 5.7% state sales tax. The price includes admission to the Journey Museum if you want to go there. Guide gratuities are at your discretion.
We provide cold bottled water and you may bring any snacks you like.
You won’t want to miss out on the opportunity of a lifetime to enjoy an unforgettable tour in the Black Hills!