Mar 27th, 2012 | By | Category: Senior Travel

Seniors Unpack in Rapid City

Rapid City is the Gateway to the inter-mountain west and was founded 1876 by a group of disheartened prospectors who had come to the Black Hills in search of gold. The city was named for the limestone spring stream that passes through the city and originates high in the Black Hills.  Seniors, they say that you can “Unpack in Rapid City. Unwind in the  Black Hills.

Rand McNally and USA TODAY named Rapid City as the Most Patriotic small town in America during the inaugural Best of the Road Rally, in 2011.  More than 1,000 small towns and places were nominated for the competition and then split into five categories.  Destinations of 150,000 people or less were allow to be nominated.  Rapid City beat out Williamsburg, Va., Emporia, Kan., Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., Clarksville, Tenn., and Peachtree City, Ga. for the title.

Yes, Seniors, the Hills Really Are Black

Those hills certainly are well named as they are quite black if you have not yet seen them in person.  Centrally located in the Black Hills of South Dakota, Rapid City is a vacation destination for seniors offering a variety of shopping, dining, attractions and outdoor recreation. Stay in Rapid City and play in the Black Hills where you can discover Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Crazy Horse Memorial, Badlands National Park and much more. One can easily understand why Rapid City was on the list for Most Patriotic with those four presidents looking overhead. Custer State Park and the second and fourth longest caves in the world are next door as well.  Check out the donkey “traffic jam” in the park.
Reptile Gardens is a family-based wild animal park that boasts the largest collection of reptiles in the world. The Badlands are pretty cool and loaded with prehistoric creatures.

Downtown Rapid City is very attractive and Main Street Square is one reason that seniors are attracted. Sturgis is close by where thousands of bikers congregate annually. A handy travel guide will be a help you to get around town and to visit the nearby sites. Katie Ro sings The Black Hills of Dakota.  The words tell it all. jeb

Here are the Rand McNally winners of all five categories:
Best Town for Food: Lafayette, Louisiana
Most Beautiful Town: Sand Point, Idaho
Friendliest Town: Walla Walla, Washington
Most Fun Town: Glenwood Spring, Colorado
Most Patriotic Town: Rapid City, South Dakota


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