Rapid City & Deadwood South Dakota’s Charm Offers More than Mount Rushmore & Gambling

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Many of the buildings in Rapid City, South Dakota, which is set against the eastern slope of the Black Hills, has buildings which date back to the late 1800s, when the promise of gold gave rise to the town. On the main drag, there are cute boutiques to wander in and out of as well as barbershops and cafes.

The 67,000 or so residents rely on tourism for the most part although there are nearby gambling towns like Deadwood which attract both visitors and business clientele.

Of course, most people travel through South Dakota to see the iconic well renowned American landmark: Mount Rushmore which stands 60-foot tall and is carved into the granite face of the mountain.

The most famous American presidents are set in stone in all their glory: Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln.

Hotel Alex Johnson is a fairly central place to stay on 523 Sixth Street. A funky place to stop in is Storyteller Comics & Games on 520 Sixth Street.

Places to eat include: Delmonico Grill and Firehouse Brewing Company, both on Main Street and Paddy O’Neill’s on Sixth Street. 

Southwest and only a half an hour so drive, lies the snow-covered Black Hills National Forest. Be sure to bring your camera.

Take in Deadwood as well which will bring you through some gorgeous hills, forests and lakes.

Once in Deadwood, check out the Saloon No. 10, a movie-set representation of a Western saloon, complete with a long bar that separates the watering hole into two gambling and drinking areas.


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