When it comes to winter getaways, many family travelers avoid cold-weather climates in favor of sun-drenched beaches. But destinations like South Dakota’s Rapid City, offering the perfect mixture of relaxation and adventure, often go under the radar.
While Rapid City may sit within a region known for bitter cold and heavy snow, it’s blessed with a fairly mild winter climate thanks to its unique geography at the base of the Black Hills Mountains. These beautiful hills not only give Rapid City a break from heavy snow covering much of the state in the wintertime, but they are also what make Rapid City an outdoor lover’s dream come true.
During the winter months, Rapid City and the surrounding areas still see their share of snow, but the outdoor temperatures rarely dip too low, so visitors can not only enjoy nearby attractions like Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse Memorial and Custer State Park’s herd of roaming bison, but can also make the most of the snow with wintertime activities like ice skating, ice fishing, snowmobiling and cross-country skiing.
When you are ready for a break from the cold and snow, head indoors for a cozy retreat at one of the area’s many restaurants and watering holes, or take in some art at one of Rapid City’s many art galleries and unique museums, like Journey Museum & Learning Center, which gives visitors an introduction to the history and culture of the area.
Whether you are spending time in nature or taking in some local flavor, Rapid City is a great destination for a well-rounded vacation, giving the family a little bit of everything.
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