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Rapid City Myth Busting

Rapid City Myth Busting

Oh Rapid City, how misunderstood you are!  I could fill an entire year-worth of blogs with the myths and tales I have heard about my beloved city, some of which are too absurd to mention!  But if someone has never visited the area, a little leeway must be given.   So for today, allow me to address some of the most common misconceptions, and maybe, just maybe, do some myth busting! 

1. Rapid City has terrible weather.

Rapid City enjoys incredibly mild weather throughout the year. The average high temperature is 59 degrees and we have 111 sunny days per year. This is better than Miami, FL, which only has 74… so take THAT Miami! We don’t get too hot in the summer (70s to 80s), or too cold in the winter (30s to 40s). This makes Rapid City ideal for our residents who like to stay active outdoors all year long.   

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2. Rapid City doesn’t have good places to eat.

We are blessed with a rich and diverse culinary scene that just keeps getting better! Our local restaurants range from ethnic cuisine, to elevated pub fare and fine dining. There are over 30 unique restaurants in the downtown area alone, including the Historic Fire House Brewing Co. and Kol. Many of the local restaurants showcase regional dishes such as buffalo steaks and river trout, but also have a variety of local favorites for vegetarians as well. Rapid City has rightfully grown into a foodie paradise!

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3. Rapid City has nothing to do at night.

Even during the chilly evenings of winter, the nightlife in Rapid City is hopping. Places like the Vertex Sky Bar at the top of the Historic Alex Johnson Hotel, Vegas-inspired nightclub Ig*nite, and video game bar Press Start, gives visitors tons to do when the sun goes down! The numerous art galleries and museums, such as the Dahl Fine Art Center, offer evening cultural events custom made to expand your understanding of the local art scene.  Main Street Square showcases local bands during their Summer Concert Series as well as theater companies and culinary events all year long. There is always the historic Elks Theater if you need to get your cinematic movie fix. And for the theatre buff, the Firehouse Theater and The Potter Family Theater hold outstanding stage productions right in the heart of downtown. If you can’t find something to do at night, then you’re not really trying!

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 4. Rapid City has no outdoor activities. 

Hiking, biking, fishing and golfing are just a small (and I mean small) listing of outdoor activities offered in Rapid City. Parks are abundant and boast trails and events for the most experienced, or not, of outdoorsman. Grab your kayak and paddle down Rapid Creek, or cast a line in Canyon Lake Park. So have no fear, a person isn’t forced to drive outside of town to find something to fill their outdoor adventure needs!  

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Boom Boom Boom… busting myths all over the place! Rapid City is a fun city with lots to do and see year round! So don’t believe everything you hear, take the time to explore and do some myth-busting of your own.            

 

 

Meet the Author

Sarah Smith

“Not all those who wander are lost.” – J.R.R Tolkien 

As a perpetual “tourist” Sarah loves to travel and meet new people from all over the world, and the bigger the castle, the older the petrified forest, or the scarier the 1880 Ghost Town, the better!  A native of the Black Hills, Sarah has spent the majority of her life immersed in the vacationer scene and loves nothing better than to inspire the same wanderlust in people wanting to visit her home state.   

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Sarah Smith
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“Not all those who wander are lost.” – J.R.R Tolkien 

As a perpetual “tourist” Sarah loves to travel and meet new people from all over the world, and the bigger the castle, the older the petrified forest, or the scarier the 1880 Ghost Town, the better!  A native of the Black Hills, Sarah has spent the majority of her life immersed in the vacationer scene and loves nothing better than to inspire the same wanderlust in people wanting to visit her home state.   

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