Rapid City, South Dakota
Campgrounds and RV parks are located in Rapid City.
The spring-fed stream, Rapid Creek, gave its name to the new settlement, Rapid City, which arose in response to the influx of settlers during the Gold Rush era. Its location between the plains and the hills made it a natural hub for supplying the needs of prospectors and pioneers. The construction of highways for the new automobiles favoured its rapid development. It was a natural draw for tourists as well perhaps because of the novelty of having a two-part town, as Rapid City is split by a beautiful mountain range, the Dakota Hogback Mountains. Rapid City is now home to at least 60,000 people.
The Black Hills and its mountain peaks were inspiration for another rock carving project (beside Rushmore). This one is still in progress. It was undertaken in 1998 by Korczak Ziolkowski, assisted by his dedicated family, at the Crazy Horse Memorial which was created in 1948. The carving commemorates legendary Lakota leader, Crazy Horse and is dedicated to the continued cultural well-being of all North American Indians. The memorial is the site of a museum, a Native American Cultural Centre which draws artists and a scholarship program for Native American students in South Dakota.
- Mount Rushmore National Memorial
- Crazy Horse Memorial
- Badlands National Park
- Buffalo Gap National Grassland
- ponderosa pine forests
- Watiki Indoor Park
- Apex Gallery
- Museum of Geology
- The Journey Museum
- Bear Country USA
- Reptile Gardens