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    Badlands National Park

    by Hopkid Updated Jul 6, 2005

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    Well it's not exactly in Rapid City as the main Visitor's Center is near the east entrance which is about 1.5 hours east of Rapid. But the drive is definitely worth it to see the strange geologic formations that make up the boundary between the upper and lower prairie in this area. The variation in the colors of the layers in the formations are spectacular.

    Definitely take the 30-mile Badlands Loop Scenic Byway and stop at the numerous overlooks. Also take one or more of the hiking trails that originate at some of these overlooks. While gawking at the scenery, try to image what it must have been like for settlers in early 19th century when they came across these formations.

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    Mt. Rushmore National Memorial

    by Hopkid Written May 6, 2005

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    It's the one thing that everyone HAS to do if you're in Rapid City. You've heard about it since you were a little kid and seen pictures in books and images on TV and in the movies. So you gotta see it in person! Plus I'm one of those persons who feel that any chance to visit a facility operated by the National Park Service should be jumped on vigorously!

    The grounds underwent a major renovation to update the site back in the mid-1990s and they did a great job! Unfoturately you can no longer see the dining room as it was in "North by Northwest".

    So see it for yourself. And if you have the chance, see the lighting ceremony during the summer season. There is a nice 30-minute video presentation and then they turn on the lights. The lights are on each night for 2 hours, even in the non-summer months.

    Be warned, however, that it won't seem as big as you probably imagined. It will still be pretty awesome in any regard. And be sure to check out the exhibits on the history of the sculpture and how it was created in the Visitor's Center.

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    Black Hills Caverns

    by Redlats Updated Aug 15, 2004

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    In the caves of Black Hills Caverns

    Black Hills Caverns is a tour of a series of large cave rooms with different varieties of crystal including logomites, stalactites, frost crystal, flowstone and stalagmites. It was pretty cool going down into the cave.

    My photo has stalactites, stalagmites and flowstone -- my favourite -- hard to tell that flowstone was rock -- it looked more like Jello.

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    Fall Colors in Full Bloom

    by Helado Written Jun 20, 2004

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    Roughlock Falls

    Hiking in Spearfish Canyon is one of the most breathtaking experiences in the Black Hills, especially in the fall. An amazing mixture of reds, yellows, and browns make for a great day trip. There are many trails that you can hike on in the area although most are unmarked and known to only locals. Many visitors tend to just "drive-thru".

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    Mount Rushmore - is it really worth it?

    by 78Eva Written Feb 22, 2004

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    Being touristy

    Driving back from the Rocky Mountains, we happened to drive by Rapid City, South Dakota, and since we were so close to Mount Rushmore, we could just as well have a look at it. After spending the night in Rapid City, we drove to Mount Rushmore the next morning.
    The area around Mount Rushmore is hideous, full of billboards, motels, restaurants and more touristy crap. The entrance and parking fee for Mount Rushmore is pretty hefty, and I'm not sure it's worth it. Sure, the mountain looks kind of stunning and must have been a great deal of work - impressive. However, you can only spend so long there, I guess a few minutes, take a picture and leave. There is nothing else there except souvenir shops and drink machines. For that, it is pretty expensive. I guess it's up to you. Perhaps, being out there in South Dakota, you might as well pay and see the mountain for a few minutes. But you might also just want to drive by it a few times and have a look. You can park your car in an ok spot, if you find one, and have a look from the road. What I saw from the site wasn't much more than I had actually seen from the road.

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    Museum of Geology

    by Scottyj36 Written Nov 16, 2003

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    This Museum is located on the campus of the SD School of Mines and Technology has a large collection of fossils and minerals and a few Dinosaur Skeletons. Admission is free. Hours are Mon-Sat 8-6, and Sunday from 12-6:00.

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    The Journey Museum

    by Scottyj36 Written Nov 15, 2003

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    This is a Museum that traces the history of the local area from prehistoric times to modern times. Displays include a few dinosaurs, History of the local Indians, and the pioneers as well as the mining and gold rush. It is a very good museum that takes about 2 hours to go thru. Admisson for Adults was $6

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    Memorial Park

    by Scottyj36 Written Nov 15, 2003

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    This Park is located in central Rapid City and has a lake, and would be really nice in summer. The highlight of the park is a display and a couple of hunks of the Berlin Wall. There is an interesting display with the history of the wall. Seemed kind of funny to read about in the middle of Rapdi City. It is free admission. The park is a nice place to relax and walk.

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    Crazy Horse

    by charlize Written Sep 12, 2002

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    Still in the process of being made. But worth a visit. If you are a frequent visitor, it's great to see how much progress has been completed each time. I went in 1991 and 2000. In that time, only the face has been partly done!!!!

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    A monument for the Native Americans

    by KaiM Written Aug 26, 2002

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    At Crazy Horse monument

    Crazy Horse Monument is the antidote to Mt. Rushmore. It honors the Sioux chief who fought against General Custer and won the battle at the Little Big Horn River. An artist from Poland started the sculpture in the 1920s. Meanwhile he died and now his kids continue his work on Crazy Horse. The statue is so huge that the four heads of the presidents at Mt. Rushmore easily fit into Crazy Horse´s head. So far parts of the head and one arm are almost complete. Still a lot of work to do. Nobody knows when the whole project will be finished. On the grounds below the statue an Indian university will be built. At least that´s the plan right now. Great project. I visited Crazy Horse twice. Both times I had bad luck because clouds or fog were hanging in front of the statue. Still impressive... The upper photo shows how the statue should be when it´s complete.

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    Dinosaur Park

    by Redlats Updated Aug 1, 2005

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    Dinosaur and kids feet - which are which?

    There is a park in town where our kids made us pause for a break. This free park has several life size models of dinosaurs.Can you guess who's legs are who's?

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    The Dinosaur Park

    by Scottyj36 Written Nov 16, 2003

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    This is a park that the kids would like alot. There are several life size models of Dinosaurs there and a few small plaques. It is a free attraction.

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    Mount Rushmore

    by charlize Written Sep 12, 2002

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    Absolutely beautiful view. When you walk into the area your first view is the 50 State Flags and a great first view of Mount Rushmore.

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