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Top Choice Arts & Crafts in Rapid City

Prairie Edge

This labyrinthine three-story shop has a truly mesmerizing collection of art, furniture and home goods made by members of the Northern Plains tribes. You'll also find out-of-print books and supplies to make your own…
Top Choice Statue in Rapid City

Statues of Presidents

From a shifty-eyed Nixon in repose to a triumphant Harry Truman, lifelike statues dot corners throughout the center. Collect all 42. Maps available online.
Museum in Rapid City

Journey Museum & Learning Center

Four museums in one! This impressive downtown facility looks at the history of the region from prehistoric times until today. Collections come from the vaunted Museum of Geology, the Sioux Indian Museum, the Minnilu…
Modern American in Rapid City

Delmonico Grill

Fine burgers, sandwiches and salads star at lunch at this casually elegant downtown dining spot. At dinner, choose from superb steaks and other meaty mains from the Plains. Lots of specials by season.
American in Rapid City

Murphy's Pub & Grill

Pub fare with creative flair makes this bustling downtown bar an excellent dining choice. Specials feature seasonal and local ingredients. The vast terrace is matched by the big interior.
American in Rapid City

Tally's Silver Spoon

Carter or Reagan? Both statues are visible out front and you can ponder your preference while you savor the upscale diner fare at this slick downtown cafe and bar. Breakfasts are as good as ever; more creative regio…
Wildlife Reserve in Rapid City

Bear Country USA

Oodles of bears big and small in this drive-through park live off the land and hope you'll do something forbidden like offering them a Big Mac, or your hand. The attraction is 8 miles south of Rapid City.
Museum in Rapid City

Museum of Geology

All that drama underground has produced some spectacular rocks. See these plus dinosaur bones and some stellar fossils here at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology.
Pub in Rapid City

Independent Ale House

Enjoy a fabulous (and changing) lineup of the best microbrews from the region in this vintage-style bar. The wine list is equally good. Pizzas are excellent (mains $8 to $15).
Zoo in Rapid City

Reptile Gardens

Reptiles, snakes, giant tortoises and many more critters inspire countless 'wows!'