Visiting national landmarks tops the list of things to do in Rapid City

When you choose a hotel room at the Country Inn & Suites in Rapid City, you’ll be within driving distance of many popular things to do, such as a visit to historic Deadwood or a fun-filled tour of Bear Country USA. A trip to the area wouldn’t be complete without seeing iconic attractions like Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Black Hills National Forest, and Badlands National Park, all about an hour away. Want to stay closer to the hotel? Get a fascinating glimpse of Native American history at The Journey Museum & Learning Center, or take a narrated tour of Rapid City aboard the City View Trolley.

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Jewel Cave National Monument

40.6 mi / 65.34 km from the hotel
With more than 210 miles of mapped passageways, this cave is the world's third longest. Visit to see the beautiful calcite crystals and gypsum deposits that give the cave its name.

Rushmore Mall

0.48 mi / 0.77 km from the hotel
Add a few new outfits to your wardrobe after a shopping excursion to this Rapid City mall. Visit a variety of stores like Eddie Bauer and American Eagle and then grab a bite to eat.

WaTiki Indoor Waterpark Resort

2.8 mi / 4.51 km from the hotel
Speed down waterslides or relax in a hot tub while the kids splash around at the largest indoor water park in the Dakotas. When you're ready to dry off, hit the arcade or visit Sliders Bar & Grill for pizza and a local brew.

Bear Country USA

10.3 mi / 16.58 km from the hotel
For a fun-filled day with your children, visit this drive-through wildlife park situated on 200 acres. Over the course of three miles, you can see animals like black bears, wolves, and river otters from your car.

City View Trolley

2.13 mi / 3.43 km from the hotel
Take a carefree, narrated tour through Rapid City aboard this trolley. Tickets are good for a full day and offer stops at 15 locations throughout the city, including The Journey Museum & Learning Center.


32 mi / 51.49 km from the hotel
Reenactments, 19th-century architecture, shopping, dining, and a casino make this historical Old West-style town worth a visit.

Storybook Island

3.78 mi / 6.09 km from the hotel
Admission is free at this seasonal children's park, which features character playsets and playground equipment. For a small fee, kids can ride a vintage carousel or the Storybook Island Train.

The Journey Museum & Learning Center

1.68 mi / 2.7 km from the hotel
Learn more about Native Americans, homesteaders, and the Black Hills at this museum. Don't miss the dinosaur exhibit!

Mount Rushmore National Memorial

20.39 mi / 32.81 km from the hotel
No trip to South Dakota is complete without a trip to Mount Rushmore National Memorial. See the faces of American presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln carved into the side of a spectacular rock face.