South Dakota Road Trip (Part III): Rapid City

26 May

We made our way to Rapid City Friday after stopping in Sioux Falls for one night and making a quick pit stop in Wall. We checked into our hotel, relaxed for a bit and then decided to head downtown to check it out. I was pleasantly surprised. I really liked Rapid City’s downtown area much more than the one in Sioux Falls. To be fair, the two cities are very different. Sioux Falls reminds me a lot of a Midwest city, but Rapid City is clearly very more laid back and surrounded by beautiful hills. There were a lot of people out on the streets, enjoying the cool air and sunshine.

One of the fun things about downtown Rapid City is the City of Presidents. On every corner there is a sculpture of one of the U.S. presidents and a plaque with information about the years of their terms and the sculpture’s donor. Here are a few that I liked. {You can see them all and read descriptions by clicking the link above.}

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I also really enjoyed the signage and architecture in downtown Rapid City. I noticed that no two buildings are alike, which gives the area a lot of character.




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We had dinner at ¿Que Pasa?. The food was wonderful and I enjoyed a cool glass of moscato with my meal. This restaurant has some of the coolest light fixtures and decor of any Mexican restaurant I’ve seen. It is very modern, tasteful and has a wonderful southwest vibe. After dinner we walked around downtown a bit more. There were people sitting at all the restaurants, enjoying the weather and the beginning of summer. I purchased a beautiful Christmas ornament made of scrap iron from a local gallery and some ornate feathers hand-bound with colorful beads for our gallery wall.

It was nice to see so many references to the Lakota (or Sioux) people in the area. There is so much rich history in this area of the U.S., and I found it especially interesting to learn about the Lakota. I’ll share more on this in my next (and last!) post about our road trip to this corner of South Dakota. For now, I’ll leave you with the image of this lovely sculpture.



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4 responses to “South Dakota Road Trip (Part III): Rapid City

  1. Mary

    May 27, 2014 at 11:32 am

    That looks like an interesting city to visit. Cool pictures!


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