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How We Like to Spend a Weekend in the Black Hills

We are often asked by our guests for ideas of what to see and do while they are visiting the Black Hills. First on our list is always Mount Rushmore, but we love a chance to send our guests to some of the places and sights that they might not have thought about.

Ride the City View Trolley
With a trolley stop on the corner of our property this is an easy way to tour Rapid City.  Modeled after turn of the century Cable Cars, the Trolley operates during the summer beginning in June and offers a narrated tour including stops at the Journey Museum, Storybook Island, Dinosaur Park and the Dahl Arts Center.

Enjoy the City of Presidents
This is a series of life-size bronze statues of our nation’s past presidents along Rapid City’s downtown streets and sidewalks.  While enjoying these sculptures you can also do a little shopping or stop for a rest in one of the many downtown restaurants or cool off by running through the fountains at Main Street Square.  If you happen to be downtown on Thursday’s during the summer you can also enjoy live outdoor entertainment.

Explore the nature
Visit South Dakota Game Fish & Parks Outdoor Campus and take a hike on the 1.5 miles of nature tails.  Explore the prairie, wetland and stream habitats outside, a 4,600 gallon freshwater aquarium and interactive exhibits inside help you learn about South Dakota wildlife and outdoor recreation.  Game, Fish & Parks staff is present to visit with and conduct hands-on classes.

Go for a bike ride
There are great opportunities in Rapid City to take a bike ride.  For an easy trail ride the Leonard “Swanny” Swanson Memorial Pathway established in 1972 after the flood.  This 12 mile bike path runs through Rapid City along Rapid Creek.  Take a picnic lunch with you and stop in one of the many parks that the path winds through.  If you are looking for a little more of a challenge the Hanson-Larsen Memorial Park Trail offers 18 miles of trail for a variety of skill levels.  The Skyline Drive trail is an advanced 3-6 mile trail with many spurs and has some steep climbs with some nice shorts, and fast downhills mixed in. 

Need more ideas?  Be sure and ask us as we love to share our Rapid City and the Black Hills experiences with you.

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