Summer In Rapid City
We were so excited when the South Dakota Department of Tourism invited us back to visit this summer. This time, we stayed in Rapid City and it did not disappoint! We had such a blast, I wish we had stayed another day just to squeeze in a few more activities. Some of you messaged me on Instagram and asked exactly what we did because you were planning trips this summer/fall too, so below is a breakdown of our trip.
We took an early flight out, and it always amazes me how dads can sleep anywhere during anything. Pearl has been a little crazy on planes lately, so we were thankful it was only a 50-minute flight.. First stop off the plane after landing in Rapid City was this amazing park called Storybook Island. By far the coolest free park I’ve ever been too, it’s full of playsets from storybook characters that kids can play and climb on. Our favorite was the pirate ship!
*I know that picture of Pearly is blurry but I couldn’t help but share because she is living her #bestlife dancing away to the music.
One of the days we were visiting, the girls really needed a long nap. When we travel, naps kind of get pushed so we can go and see #allthethings but this day, they were melting. So we grabbed a yummy breakfast at Harriet & Oak and headed up to Spearfish Canyon. One of you recommended Roughlock Falls on Instagram when I said we were looking for a long drive. So we headed up and the girls got some great sleep! I am not the best with using maps… and I made the mistake of thinking that after the girls slept we would be driving back through Custer State Park, to see the bison and do all the fun activities, and I was wrong. So we didn’t end up getting to go to Custer State Park and we were all bummed. So make sure you go and visit Sylvan Lake and take a jeep tour for us and I’ll live through your photos!
Getting to see Mount Rushmore National Memorial was for sure the highlight of the trip. On the drive up, you turn a corner and there it is, in all its glory! I was so surprised how once you park, you just walk right up to it! Everything was really accessible and there was a lot of information everywhere. We spent a good amount of time here going down different trails and taking it all in. South Dakota really lives up to their slogan of #greatfacesgreatplaces and I hope the girls treasure these photos forever!
After seeing the monument we headed to Bear Country USA. It’s a drive-thru wildlife park full of all sorts of animals! The highlight was for sure the bears. We let the girls sit on our laps and heard so many “whoas” and “oooooo’s”. There were SO many bears! They would stop in front of your car and hold up traffic. It was a blast to get to see them that close. For sure make a stop if you are visiting, and check out Reptile Gardens as well! After that, we went back to town for lunch and to play in the splash pad Main Street Square fountains. Then we headed back to our hotel to swim one more time and to change for dinner! We stayed at the Best Western Ramkota and loved the pool.