Rapid City Flights:
Flights to Rapid City
South Dakota’s second largest city is Rapid City, and it’s situated in the west of this US state. Rapid City has several of its own attractions on offer for tourists, but it’s also a great base to use for travelling to nearby major attractions, including Mount Rushmore National Monument, Crazy Horse Memorial, and the Badlands.
The Rapid City Regional Airport (airport code: RAP) is fairly small and doesn’t handle any direct international flights to Rapid City. British Airways and Virgin Atlantic both take a route from South Africa that connects in London and Denver, before completing their flight to Rapid City. Delta Airlines goes a different way, with a route going through Atlanta and Minneapolis. You can also book flights to Rapid City with Northwest Airlines, and their 2-stop route transfers in Amsterdam as well as Minneapolis. The airport is about 13 kilometres (8 miles) from downtown.
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The Tourist Attractions in Rapid City:
Rapid City is a great base to use as a gateway to some of this region’s top tourist attractions, an idea that was capitalised on some years ago when the city set about establishing a number of its own tourist attractions. Family attractions like Dinosaur Park were established so that rather than just have tourists pass through Rapid City it could become a place to stop and spend some time!
Dinosaur Park was here long before the days of the Jurassic Park movies that got everybody interested in dinosaurs! The park was opened in 1936 and is in fact now on the US National Register of Historic Places. If you have children this has got to be on your list of attractions as it contains seven dinosaur sculptures that stand overlooking the city. Admission is free!
On a similar note Rapid City is also home to Reptile Gardens, though the reptiles in this attraction are not models! This animal park features a variety of reptiles and amphibians including species of rare snakes from around the world, and birds of prey.
The Journey Museum and Gardens
The Journey Museum and Gardens is another popular Rapid City attraction. The museum is set up so that it’s like a journey through time, experiencing the history of the Black Hills through 2.5 billion years to the times of the pioneers. This interesting museum is bound to appeal to young and old alike.
Once you’ve enjoyed some of Rapid City’s tourist attractions you might like to visit its popular shopping mall. This is the only indoor shopping mall in the area and features many shops including big name populars such as Sears, JCPenney, and Old Navy. There’s also a cinema here.
When Should You Visit?:
Rapid City has a fairly arid climate so although there is rainfall here, there shouldn’t be enough to ruin your holiday! The summers and long; July and August are the hottest months with an average high of 30C. In contrast the winters can be quite cool and snowy; snowfall is possible from November right through to April.