Rapid City Journals

Rapid City and Surrounds

A September 2009 trip to Rapid City by weeblewobble46

Bear Country Photo, Rapid City, South Dakota More Photos
Quote: The area around Rapid City has many tourist attractions that will tempt the family.

Crazy Horse Memorial

Attraction | "Crazy Horse Monument"

Crazy Horse Memorial Photo, Black Hills, South Dakota
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Our first view of Crazy Horse was from the highway. His head towered over the trees as we rounded the corner on our way from Custer. I wasn't expecting to see something so large.The monument offers a bus ride to the base of the mountain that is the carving, but we were not able to take the tour due to time constraints. We started our walking tour with the video that explains the logistics and history of the monumental carving. This is not a government subsidized project. It relys on donations and the admission fees of the visitors. There are several museums on the property that offer information on the tribes in the area and their reasons for wanting the monument to Crazy H...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 1, 2009

Crazy Horse Memorial
Highway 385, 4 miles north of Custer
Black Hills, South Dakota

Mount Rushmore National Memorial

Attraction | "Mount Rushmore"

Mount Rushmore National Memorial Photo, Keystone, South Dakota
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The biggest tourist attraction in the area is Mount Rushmore. It draws more people than almost any attraction in the USA. The faces carved in granite are impressive. The expressions can be read according to how the viewer feels. If you are upset at the way the nation is behaving, the faces seem to mirror dismay. If you are happy with the way the nation is going, the faces seem to be content. Let your emotions color your experience and it will remain with you forever.Stand at the railing and take your photos. Marvel at the sheer power that it took to carve these men into the rock. Enjoy the beauty of the mountains. And don't forget to stop by the gift shop and grill. S...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 1, 2009

Mount Rushmore National Memorial
13000 Highway 244
Keystone, South Dakota 57751
(605) 574-3171

Historic Deadwood

Attraction | "Historic(?) Deadwood Day Trip"

Historic Deadwood Photo, Rapid City, South Dakota
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When we headed for Deadwood, we were expecting a mining town of clapboard buildings used as stores and shops and an occasional saloon. Boy, were we wrong!Deadwood has been burned to the ground two times in it's history and the locals have learned that wooden buildings don't stand a chance against fire. Most of the buildings are now made of brick and many don't predate the mid 1900's by much. Almost every building houses a gambling casino. There might be a restaurant or bar inside also, but the primary use of the facilities is for gambling at various slot machines. Children are not allowed in the casino area, so there is usually a separate entrance to the restaurants. We ate at Mustan...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 1, 2009

Historic Deadwood
Black Hills Area
Rapid City, South Dakota 57732

Corn Palace

Attraction | "Mitchell Corn Palace"

Corn Palace Photo, Mitchell, South Dakota
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Since we had a rainy day for our drive west from Sioux Falls, we decided to check out the Corn Palace in Mitchell, SD.This building has been decorated with corn cobs and sheaves since the beginning of the 1900's. Each year the decorations are renewed and murals changed. The murals are designed and then drawn onto roofing felt. The felt is tacked onto the building and numbered for the placement of the different types of corn (sort of like a paint-by-number). These decorations are both inside and outside the building and can be quite ornate. It is such a draw in the area that tour buses are parked outside all day long. Each tour lasts long enough for the viewing of the mura...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 1, 2009

Corn Palace
612 North Main Street
Mitchell, South Dakota 57301
(605) 996-6223

Bear Country

Attraction | "Bear Country in Bear Country"

Bear Country Photo, Rapid City, South Dakota
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Bear Country is an enclosed drive through zoo. The critters are kept in separate areas that are divided by fencing and gates. Each area is large enough for the animals to range and react as if they were in their natural surroundings.We were able to see the Elk and Bison fighting for mates (it was rutting season). Wolves and sheep wandered around in their enclosures as if they were in the wild. The bears are the big draw. They hide in caves built from rocks, sit in the middle of the road (just chillin'), and climb among the rocks and logs placed in their enclosure. After the drive through area, there is a nice "baby bear" area that also includes some assorted critters in fenced in en...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 1, 2009

Bear Country
13820 South Highway 16
Rapid City, South Dakota 57702
(605) 343-2290