Experience Rapid City Like a Local
Looking for the best place to sit down with a glass of wine? Perhaps you're looking for a trail with a fantastic view. Ask our local experts and find the hidden gems you’ve been looking for!
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Kara Sweet – Wine Expert
To eat and drink like a local, park your vehicle in Downtown Rapid City and get ready to explore. Walk around and check out all the local restaurants, the cool bars and fun patios. For a great Sunday mimosa, you'll want to visit Tally's, or for a fun evening with friends enjoy Murphy's patio and sip on a glass of your favorite cocktail. Explore Main and St. Joseph Streets as well as all the side streets for some hidden gems. Top off your experience with a stroll through the hidden gem, Art Alley. If you're wanting to take a bottle of wine home with you, stop by Canyon Lake Liquors and let the experts help you pick out your new favorite.
Tyler Read - Local Artist
Rapid City offers an eclectic arts experience that simply can't be compared to anywhere else. Creativity here offers something for everyone, from the bronze presidential statues downtown to the spray painted walls of Art Alley. The Dahl Arts Center is the premier venue to take in all our fine arts scene has to offer, Suzie Cappa Art Center and Shaviq Gallery offer an array of local art sure to make your heart swell and your imagination soar. The Sculpture Project at Main Street Square bring our town center to life while honoring the geography and history of our region, next to Prairie Edge Galleries and Racing Magpie, featuring the finest Native American arts in the Black Hills. Check out coffee bars for more local artists on exhibit, as well as local artist's galleries and studios for a deeper cultural experience. Performing arts? The Performing Arts Center, Black Hills Symphony, West Dakota Improv, the list goes on and on!
Bill Bernhard – Hiking Expert
Rapid City and the Black Hills are an outdoor enthusiast's paradise! The area offers people of all fitness levels the opportunity to hike, road bike, mountain bike or trail run. One of my favorite hikes is to Little Devils Tower. When you arrive near the top, you will need to break out your inner rock climber. Once at the top, the views are spectacular and you may even run into some mountain goats. Just don't get too close — they don't like that!
Cody Johnson – Biking Enthusiast
Rapid City is a biker’s hidden goldmine that offers beautiful landscapes and awesome views. We are literally surrounded by miles of riding opportunities and there are various trails for all skill levels, from the toughest downhill trails to smooth, longer family rides.
Jennifer Dame – Local Mom
Family fun and adventure is around every corner in Rapid City and the Black Hills. Downtown Rapid City and Main Street Square has activities galore year round, delicious food and fantastic shopping all in one location you can't go wrong. Kids can run through the interactive water fountain in the summer while you sit nearby snacking on ice cream from one of Rapid City's finest, Silver Lining Creamery. During the summer months, the square find concerts and movies and in the winter, lace up your skates and hit the rink. For the more adventurous there are is zip lining, hiking, Reptile Gardens and Bear Country! On a budget? Let an expert help you find what works for you. With plenty of activities for all ages, there is never a dull moment!
Bob Fuchs – Operating Partner of Firehouse Brewing Co.
Rapid City offers small-town hospitality with world-class cuisine. The area pairs trusted and familiar chains with unique local offerings. The abundant concentration of restaurants in Downtown Rapid City highlights a unique, eclectic variety of dining themes, including Indian, Mexican and Italian cuisine.
Carrie Gienger Bowers – Owner of Black Hills Adventure Tours
There's such a great diversity of activities right here in Rapid City, you don't even have to leave town. You can be hiking or kayaking within 10 minutes, and rock climbing within 20. Consider a challenging hike or a laid-back family bike ride on one of the many paths or take it easy on a relaxing lake kayak. Rapid City is the perfect place for any fitness level or activity that interests you.