Rapid City has historical sites, scenic outdoors, and famous monuments to engage groups with a variety of tastes.
Crazy Horse Memorial in the Black Hills of southwestern South Dakota is an ongoing mountain carving of the great Lakota leader. The memorial’s mission is to protect and preserve the culture, tradition, and living heritage of Native Americans. Admission to Crazy Horse Memorial includes access to three museums, including The Indian Museum of North America, an orientation film, a viewing of the sculpture from the veranda and the wall of windows, and scheduled cultural programming by Native American artists.
The Black Hills Central Railroad 1880 Train has depots in Hill City and Keystone, South Dakota, in the heart of the Black Hills. Check out the natural splendor during the exciting two-hour, round-trip ride aboard an authentic steam train.
Tour the City of Presidents, a series of life-size and lifelike bronze statues of former U.S. presidents standing along downtown Rapid City’s streets and sidewalks. The project began in 2000 as a way to honor the legacy of the American presidency.
Chapel in the Hills is an exact replica of the famous Borgund Stavkirke in Norway. Built in 1969 and open seasonally, it’s surrounded by a peaceful wilderness in Rapid City. Groups can visit a museum, gift shop, and meditation trail. When the chapel is closed, tour the rounds and admire the architecture.
Mount Rushmore National Memorial presents 60-foot presidential portraits carved into granite. See the faces of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln.
Featured image: Chapel in the Hills; Credit: Visit Rapid City