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Guidebook for Rapid City

Terry

Guidebook for Rapid City

Food Scene
Had a wonderful experience here for our anniversary.
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Tally's Silver Spoon
530 6th Street
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Had a wonderful experience here for our anniversary.
Most popular ice cream shoppe in town! Gotta try it while you are here! Try the sherbet.
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Armadillos Ice Cream Shoppe
130 Main Street
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Most popular ice cream shoppe in town! Gotta try it while you are here! Try the sherbet.
Excellent Italian food.
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Botticelli
523 Main Street
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Excellent Italian food.
Fantastic new local coffee shop! You've got to try it out and ask them about their fancy machinery (only 10 of them in the world at this point).
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Pure Bean Coffeehouse
201 Main St
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Fantastic new local coffee shop! You've got to try it out and ask them about their fancy machinery (only 10 of them in the world at this point).
Wow! Amazing and simple! Steak and amazing desserts - but call ahead with a large group - they are very busy and only take cash.
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Alpine Inn
133 East Main Street
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Wow! Amazing and simple! Steak and amazing desserts - but call ahead with a large group - they are very busy and only take cash.
This is everyone's favorite donut shop!
Jerry's Cakes & Donuts
109 E Omaha St
This is everyone's favorite donut shop!
Essentials
We primarily use this grocery store. It's close and has everything we need.
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Safeway
730 Mountain View Road
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We primarily use this grocery store. It's close and has everything we need.
Parks & Nature
Ever seen the movie National Treasure 2? This lake was featured in that movie "behind" Mount Rushmore (it's not in reality) and even though there's not actually a fortune of gold to be found underneath, it's worth visiting. It's in Custer State Park so you will have to pay $30 to enter. The views are amazing. You can swim at the beach, hike around the lake, hike behind the lake (Sunday Gulch - be prepared to get wet since you climb next to and over the stream), hike the surrounding area. Photo opportunities abound. http://terryandeva.blogspot.com/2016/07/sylvan-lake-and-sunday-gulch-hike.html
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Sylvan Lake
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Ever seen the movie National Treasure 2? This lake was featured in that movie "behind" Mount Rushmore (it's not in reality) and even though there's not actually a fortune of gold to be found underneath, it's worth visiting. It's in Custer State Park so you will have to pay $30 to enter. The views are amazing. You can swim at the beach, hike around the lake, hike behind the lake (Sunday Gulch - be prepared to get wet since you climb next to and over the stream), hike the surrounding area. Photo opportunities abound. http://terryandeva.blogspot.com/2016/07/sylvan-lake-and-sunday-gulch-hike.html
My dad was a park ranger at Mount Rushmore for 30 years! My entire family was employed there at one point - I worked five years in the gift shop. Make sure you get some ice cream and hike the trail under the faces. If you're coming to our house you have to stop here! http://terryandeva.blogspot.com/2016/09/staycation-2016.html
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Mount Rushmore National Memorial
13000 South Dakota 244
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My dad was a park ranger at Mount Rushmore for 30 years! My entire family was employed there at one point - I worked five years in the gift shop. Make sure you get some ice cream and hike the trail under the faces. If you're coming to our house you have to stop here! http://terryandeva.blogspot.com/2016/09/staycation-2016.html
The drive through Spearfish Canyon in the fall can't be beat, but it's beautiful at any time of year. Our favorite thing to do there is hike to Devil's Bathtub. Park at Cleopatra Place and hike up next to the stream about a mile until you reach a deep(er) pool with a natural water slide flowing into it. There is a sign above the pool with the name to indicate if you're in the right place. Be prepared to get wet as you hike through and cross the stream many times. This is our favorite family hike. http://terryandeva.blogspot.com/2014/10/devils-bathtub-hike.html
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Spearfish
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The drive through Spearfish Canyon in the fall can't be beat, but it's beautiful at any time of year. Our favorite thing to do there is hike to Devil's Bathtub. Park at Cleopatra Place and hike up next to the stream about a mile until you reach a deep(er) pool with a natural water slide flowing into it. There is a sign above the pool with the name to indicate if you're in the right place. Be prepared to get wet as you hike through and cross the stream many times. This is our favorite family hike. http://terryandeva.blogspot.com/2014/10/devils-bathtub-hike.html
If you're driving in the northern hills stop at this beautiful waterfall in Spearfish Canyon. Gorgeous! My sister was married here. http://terryandeva.blogspot.com/2012/10/the-last-weekend-of-september-after-we.html
Roughlock Falls Road
If you're driving in the northern hills stop at this beautiful waterfall in Spearfish Canyon. Gorgeous! My sister was married here. http://terryandeva.blogspot.com/2012/10/the-last-weekend-of-september-after-we.html
A fun and beautiful hike along the creek that exits Sheridan Lake. http://terryandeva.blogspot.com/2014/09/flume-hike.html
Spring Creek Loop Trail
A fun and beautiful hike along the creek that exits Sheridan Lake. http://terryandeva.blogspot.com/2014/09/flume-hike.html
If you're going to Mount Rushmore, on your way out keep driving west and you'll come to this lake after a few miles. It's worth a stop to hike around the lake and take it in. You might even see some locals cliff jumping from the north east side - that's what I did in high school!
Horsethief Lake
If you're going to Mount Rushmore, on your way out keep driving west and you'll come to this lake after a few miles. It's worth a stop to hike around the lake and take it in. You might even see some locals cliff jumping from the north east side - that's what I did in high school!
We often go to M Hill of hiking or mountain biking. It's right in the middle of town and it's amazing that you can get out in nature just five minutes from our house. http://terryandeva.blogspot.com/search?q=m+hill
M Hill
We often go to M Hill of hiking or mountain biking. It's right in the middle of town and it's amazing that you can get out in nature just five minutes from our house. http://terryandeva.blogspot.com/search?q=m+hill
Located an hour north of Rapid City in Spearfish Canyon. Beautiful in the fall but still pretty in even winter. Walk next to Iron Creek and enjoy the limestone walls all around. http://terryandeva.blogspot.com/2016/10/fall-in-spearfish-canyon-and-our-iron.html
Iron Creek
Located an hour north of Rapid City in Spearfish Canyon. Beautiful in the fall but still pretty in even winter. Walk next to Iron Creek and enjoy the limestone walls all around. http://terryandeva.blogspot.com/2016/10/fall-in-spearfish-canyon-and-our-iron.html
Out of Rapid City an hour but well worth it. We can't wait to visit it again. Good for just a beautiful drive or a good hike. http://terryandeva.blogspot.com/2016/09/staycation-2016.html
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Badlands-Nationalpark
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Out of Rapid City an hour but well worth it. We can't wait to visit it again. Good for just a beautiful drive or a good hike. http://terryandeva.blogspot.com/2016/09/staycation-2016.html
Hiking abounds, visit Sylvan Lake, drive Needles Highway, hike Harney Peak (now called Black Elk Peak), drive the Wildlife Loop to see buffalo. http://terryandeva.blogspot.com/2016/09/staycation-2016.html http://terryandeva.blogspot.com/2016/07/sylvan-lake-and-sunday-gulch-hike.html
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Custer State Park
13329 U.S. 16A
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Hiking abounds, visit Sylvan Lake, drive Needles Highway, hike Harney Peak (now called Black Elk Peak), drive the Wildlife Loop to see buffalo. http://terryandeva.blogspot.com/2016/09/staycation-2016.html http://terryandeva.blogspot.com/2016/07/sylvan-lake-and-sunday-gulch-hike.html
This trail starts from Sylvan Lake in Custer State Park. It takes about 3 hours to complete but it's worth it to stand atop the highest peak east of the Rockies. http://terryandeva.blogspot.com/2012/07/happy-8th-to-us.html
Black Elk Peak Hiking Trail
This trail starts from Sylvan Lake in Custer State Park. It takes about 3 hours to complete but it's worth it to stand atop the highest peak east of the Rockies. http://terryandeva.blogspot.com/2012/07/happy-8th-to-us.html
East of Keystone a few miles is Little Hippie Hole, a fun little hike next to a creek and ending at a large pool. If you were to keep hiking beyond the pool you'd get to the infamous Hippie Hole where you can cliff jump but that would be quite far (there is another way to get to Hippie Hole but I'm not sure how). Little Hippie Hole is a quick little jaunt and beautiful. The time we went we met and talked with some gold miners. http://terryandeva.blogspot.com/2015/10/sister-visit-hike.html
Keystone
East of Keystone a few miles is Little Hippie Hole, a fun little hike next to a creek and ending at a large pool. If you were to keep hiking beyond the pool you'd get to the infamous Hippie Hole where you can cliff jump but that would be quite far (there is another way to get to Hippie Hole but I'm not sure how). Little Hippie Hole is a quick little jaunt and beautiful. The time we went we met and talked with some gold miners. http://terryandeva.blogspot.com/2015/10/sister-visit-hike.html
Everything Else
This is our home church, and where Terry works as a Youth Pastor, and we love it. Come and visit for some solid exegetical teaching from the Bible.
Parkview Evangelical Free Church
333 Sandra Ln
This is our home church, and where Terry works as a Youth Pastor, and we love it. Come and visit for some solid exegetical teaching from the Bible.
Entertainment & Activities
Located in the heart of downtown Rapid City, there are fountains to play in during the summer and ice skating in the winter. They also host musicians. Many quaint shops and eateries surround it on every side. Our kids love it for playing in the fountains and visiting Who's Toy Shop in the building next door. If you're here on a Thursday a trip downtown is well worth is for "Summer Nights." There's live music and entertainment for kids and tons of people. They wall off downtown so you can walk around and explore.
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Main Street Square
512 Main Street
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Located in the heart of downtown Rapid City, there are fountains to play in during the summer and ice skating in the winter. They also host musicians. Many quaint shops and eateries surround it on every side. Our kids love it for playing in the fountains and visiting Who's Toy Shop in the building next door. If you're here on a Thursday a trip downtown is well worth is for "Summer Nights." There's live music and entertainment for kids and tons of people. They wall off downtown so you can walk around and explore.
Sightseeing
We often drive up to Skyline Drive after eating out on date night. This curvy road winds its way to the top of the hill situated in the middle of Rapid City. It will take you by Dinosaur Park and if you keep going you can pull off and take in views of Rapid City and the Black Hills.
Skyline Drive
We often drive up to Skyline Drive after eating out on date night. This curvy road winds its way to the top of the hill situated in the middle of Rapid City. It will take you by Dinosaur Park and if you keep going you can pull off and take in views of Rapid City and the Black Hills.
You will not fail to notice the dinosaur on the hill in the middle of the city. Stop here to get a closer look! Keep driving along Skyline Drive to get further beautiful views of Rapid City and the Black Hills.
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Dinosaur Park
940 Skyline Drive
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You will not fail to notice the dinosaur on the hill in the middle of the city. Stop here to get a closer look! Keep driving along Skyline Drive to get further beautiful views of Rapid City and the Black Hills.
Shopping
Our kids love this store! It is simply full of interesting toys not found other places.
Who's Toy House LLC
512 Main St
Our kids love this store! It is simply full of interesting toys not found other places.
Interesting shops abound!
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Downtown Rapid City
512 Main St
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Interesting shops abound!