About Rapid City, SD

Rapid City, named for the limestone spring stream that passes through the city, was founded 1876 by a group of disheartened prospectors that had come to the Black Hills in search of gold. John Brennan and Samuel Scott, along with a small party of men, laid out the site of the present-day Rapid City. They designated six blocks in the center of the site to be the business district and appointed committees to convince prospective merchants and their families to locate in the new settlement. Throughout the years, Rapid City has grown to be South Dakota’s second largest city.

The economic base in Rapid City remains fundamentally the same as it was in the 1800's. Since its beginning, Rapid City has been a center for commerce, culture, transportation and education. Rapid City enjoys a diverse economy that includes agriculture, forestry, government, tourism, healthcare, manufacturing and an extremely strong service sector. The city is also the tourist center of the Black Hills and the gateway to many attractions, including Mount Rushmore National MemorialCrazy Horse Memorial, the Badlands National Park and Wind Cave National Park.

Visit Rapid City

Contact the Rapid City Convention and Visitors Bureau to plan your visit:  www.visitrapidcity.com


How to Get to Rapid City

By Air

Rapid City Regional Airport is the commercial airline hub for the Black Hills. It is serviced by Allegiant AirAmerican Airlines/American EagleDelta Airlines, and United Airlines.

By Car

US Interstate 90 is the main route for driving to the Black Hills, but you can also enter the area on east-west highways US 16, US 18, US 212, SD 34 or SD 40; and north-south highways US 85, US 385 and SD 79. The South Dakota Department of Transportation keeps all highways in excellent driving condition, even during hard winters.