By Stephanie Nicole Marcum
Rapid City
South Dakota
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Rapid City South Dakota has all the makings for an incredible vacation. Fun, learning, adventure, great food and amazing sights await you in Rapid City. If you have an interest in American history and culture or you are just out to have some fun, Rapid City South Dakota is an ideal destination for your next vacation. 

EscapeWizard.com invites you to book your next vacation to Rapid City South Dakota. Rapid City Regional Airport (RAP) is your access point to this vibrant city. Book your flight to Rapid City today with EscapeWizard.com by clicking on this link (www.escapewizard.com/flight.php). EscapeWizard.com’s choice of hotels in the Rapid City area can be viewed below; then vacationers can book their hotel by following this link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).

Mount Rushmore is the must see attraction when visiting Rapid City South Dakota, making this national monument EscapeWizard.com’s first recommended site to visit during your vacation. This breathtaking carving took 14 years to complete and cost America $1 million. The faces of four of America’s most distinguished presidents are carved into the granite mountainside which stands high above the Black Hills.

On your visit to Mount Rushmore you can walk the President’s Trail to get a closer look at the monument. Stop by the Sculptor’s Studio to see tools and the original plaster model sculptors used in the creation of Mount Rushmore. The Lincoln Borglum Visitor Center displays artifacts and information, a simulated dynamite blast and a 14 minute film which gives a synopsis of how Mount Rushmore was carved. There are guided tours of the park throughout the day and also an audio tour for rent for your listening pleasure as you walk the grounds. The park also has an onsite restaurant. 

The evening lighting ceremony at Mount Rushmore is a stirring tribute which starts off with a patriotic program detailing American history and ends with a film, a tribute to America’s veterans and the lighting of the monument. Mount Rushmore is a beautiful national monument you will not want to miss. Located 25 miles southwest of Rapid City, Mount Rushmore is easily accessible by interstate and highway.

The Crazy Horse Memorial is located minutes away from Mount Rushmore. This is work in progress and will be the world’s largest sculpture when it is completed. The Crazy Horse campus includes a Welcome Center, The Indian Museum of North America, The Native American Educational and Cultural Center, Conference Facilities, a restaurant and a gift shop. This is a great stop to learn more about Native American culture and history and the carving in the mountain is awe inspiring. Hours are seasonal so be sure to call ahead.     

There is so much to see and do in Rapid City, S.D. EscapeWizard.com’s next suggested site to visit is historic downtown Rapid City. Don’t miss your photo opportunity with the Presidents’ statues standing at the street corners throughout this area. As you are walking through the streets you are sure to enjoy the many specialty shops, art galleries and restaurants in this delightful area. The Dahl Arts Center is on 7th St. and definitely worth a stop. The center has 3 galleries and the exhibits are unique and available for viewing for a limited time. You can explore current exhibits available for viewing on the Dahl Arts Center website.

Finally, for relaxation and water fun, EscapeWizard.com suggests a trip to the Watiki Indoor Water Park. The facility is 30,000 square feet of fun and includes 3 water slides, a lazy river, a baby pool, a water jungle gym called Koko the Monkey’s Kingdom, a hot spa, concessions and a bar and grill. The walls and ceiling of the facility are glass so don’t forget to bring your sunscreen and towels. 

In conclusion, Rapid City South Dakota will capture your imagination with its homage to history, art, and culture. The Rapid Transit System provides inner city transit with local buses and City View Trolleys. You can find more information about these services by visiting the following website http://www.rapidride.org. There are also many options for car rental and sightseeing services. Click on the above link to book your vacation to Rapid City South Dakota with EscapeWizard.com today.  Enjoy your trip!    
Hotels in Rapid City
By Jessica Beck
Holiday Inn
505 North Fifth Street, Rapid City, SD
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All the nearby attractions that make South Dakota the place to explore are located within close proximity to this Holiday Inn. Bear Country, Keystone, the Waterslide Park, the Reptile Gardens, and the Mount Rushmore National Memorial—just to name a few—are all a quick drive from this downtown hotel.

In true Holiday Inn fashion, you will be showered with amenities to suit any and all of your desires during your stay. Feel the burn in the on-site fitness center. Soak in the relaxing whirlpool. Work up a cleansing sweat in the sauna. Take a dip in the indoor pool. Enjoy the hotel’s dining area and lounge, both nestled into the lush green atrium. Feast on breakfast, lunch, or dinner amongst beautiful plants greenery in the Grille. Or bask in the tranquil sounds of the towering 60-feet tall waterfall as you sip on a cocktail in the Fountain Lounge. If you are here for business, take advantage of the on-site business center. Also, within a mile of the hotel are both an Office Max and Office Depot for any special services you may need to have completed. With seven on-site meeting and banquet rooms, Holiday Inn is ready to accommodate all of your business and social needs.

Wake up each morning in your guest room with a WorldNews daily global newspaper delivered right to your door. Rejuvenate with a fresh cup of your favorite morning brew from your in-room beverage station. Stay connected to work colleagues, friends, and family using your complimentary high-speed internet access at your convenient and roomy work desk. Unwind each night to your cable television—including HBO. Fall asleep in your cozy and comfortable triple-sheeted bed. Upgrade to a suite and enjoy a private dressing room and whirlpool. Or heat up your coffee in your microwave or keep beverages cold in your complimentary mini refrigerator.

Check-in to your perfectly located hotel room at this Holiday Inn and enjoy an adventurous vacation or a stress-free business trip. Book your stay with EscapeWizard.com today (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).