Dining and Attractions

Diverse Dining In Rapid City, South Dakota

Rapid City offers a vibrant food and drink scene - from juicy steaks to local brews. And it all begins with our free hot Daybreak continental breakfast buffet. Venture into town and enjoy great steaks and seafood in an intimate setting at Delmonico Grill. Savor finger-licking ribs from Famous Dave's, or Mexican fare at Que Pasa Mexican Cafe. Dig into hand-tossed pizzas and craft beers at the Independent Ale House. Whether you crave Italian, Chinese or home-style American, you'll find the perfect dish to please your palate at the eclectic mix of restaurants in Rapid City, SD.

If you're searching for hotels near Mount Rushmore and other top South Dakota attractions, look no further than Days Inn Rapid City!

Things To Do In South Dakota: Hiking, Sightseeing and Adventure

Celebrated for its rugged badlands, windswept prairies, majestic peaks, and fascinating history, South Dakota is a land of immeasurable beauty. Located in Rapid City, SD, right off I-90, our hotel is just minutes from shopping, dining and exciting attractions such as Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf, The Journey Museum and the Berlin Wall Exhibit. We are also surrounded by the great outdoors, from beautiful state parks to hike and bike through to charming wineries where you can relax and savor a glass of wine while surrounded by the area's beauty. Tour Deadwood to see the final resting place of Wild Bill Hickok, and marvel at the incredible majesty of Mount Rushmore, both located a short drive from our hotel. With hot springs, geologic wonders, sparkling lakes, Wild West legend, and off-the-beaten-path treasures, South Dakota is a place that captivates your spirit of adventure.

Mount Rushmore National Memorial: The Shrine of Democracy

The "Shrine of Democracy," Mount Rushmore National Memorial is a masterpiece carved out of a granite mountain. Marvel at the enormous carved faces of four U.S. Presidents - Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and George Washington. Hike the Presidential Trail in the shadows of American icons. Explore the South Dakota wilderness to see beautiful wildlife and wildflowers blooming along the walking paths. Stand at the Grand View Terrace for postcard views of the memorial at dawn. With awe-inspiring beauty, scenic trails, and historic exhibits, this celebrated national treasure is fun for the whole family.

13000 SD-244, Keystone, South Dakota, 57751
Distance from hotel: 27.7 miles
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$11 for parking


Visitor facilities are open all year, seven days a week, with the exception of December 25th. On December 25th, weather permitting, the parking structure and grounds remain open, but all buildings are closed.

  • Parking Structure and Memorial Grounds: 5:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
  • Information Center and Lincoln Borglum Visitor Center: 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • Sculptor's Studio: Closed until spring 2019 for renovation project.
  • Carvers' Marketplace: 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Gift Shop: 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
  • Mount Rushmore Illumination: 8:30 to 11:00 p.m.


  • Monument Viewing
  • Museum
  • Hiking Trails
  • Ranger Tours
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Photography


  • Junior Ranger Program
  • Ranger-Led Programs
  • Youth Exploration Area

Black Hills National Forest: Hiking, Fishing and Wildlife Viewing

With 1.2 million acres of forested hills and mountain, the Black Hills are a world all their own. Described as an "Island in the Plains," this breathtaking land includes 11 reservoirs, 2 scenic byways, 1,300 miles of streams, 353 miles of trails and much more. Fish in tumbling streams and deep blue lakes. Gaze upon rugged rock formations, canyons and gulches. Hike a diversity of trails while keeping a watchful eye for wildlife. With boundless beauty and a rich heritage, Black Hills National Forest is a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts.

13000 SD-244, Keystone, South Dakota, 57751
Distance from hotel: 27.7 miles
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No entrance fee


Open year-round, 24 hours a day


  • Hiking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Rock Climbing
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Fishing


  • Organizational Camps
  • Educational Programs
  • Van & Bus Tours

Custer State Park: Hiking, Fishing and Wildlife Viewing

A destination of clear mountain waters, emerald forests and windswept prairies, Custer State Park is a recreational wonderland. Fish, swim, kayak or boat in five gorgeous lakes. Hike, bike and go horseback riding on miles of scenic trails. Cruise the park's scenic byways and keep an eye out for bison, elk, coyotes, mule deer, mountain goats, white tailed deer, prairie dogs, river otters, bighorn sheep, pronghorn and cougars. With over 70,000 acres of spectacular terrain, Custer State Park offers dramatic beauty and adventure.

Explore 71,000 acres of spectacular landscapes in the Balck Hills, from sparkling lakes to lush forest trails. Enjoy hiking, biking, fishing, and scenic drives. See amazing wildlife, including 1,300 free roaming bison.

13000 SD-244, Keystone, South Dakota, 57751
Distance from hotel: 27.7 miles
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Temporary (1-7 days) license is $20 per vehicle and $10 per motorcycle


Open year-round, 24 hours per day. The Visitor's Center is open 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.


  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Scenic Drives
  • Swimming
  • Fishing
  • Kayaking
  • Boating


  • National Trails Day
  • The Annual Buffalo Roundup
  • Nature Day Camps

Nearby Restaurants

Philly Ted's

Enjoy the best sandwiches in the Black Hills. This eatery serves steak sandwiches made with fresh ingredients, subs and Nathan's hot dogs.

1415 N Lacrosse St #4, Rapid City, SD 57701, USA | 605-348-6113 | phillyted.com

Millstone Family Restaurants

Enjoy home-style food in a friendly family atmosphere. Try the daily specials and local favorites like the Barbeque Pork Ribs and Grilled Salmon.

1520 N Lacrosse St, Rapid City, SD 57701, USA | 605-348-9022 | bhmillstone.com

Perkins Restaurant & Bakery

Enjoy home-style cooking at this Rapid City restaurant and bakery. Dig into hearty entrees, burgers, sandwiches, salads and starters.

1715 N Lacrosse St, Rapid City, SD 57701, USA | 605-341-3810 | perkinsrestaurants.com

Golden Corral

Bring the kids to this bountiful family-friendly eatery and buffet. Enjoy all-you-can-eat American fare, salad and dessert bars.

1180 N Lacrosse St, Rapid City, SD 57701, USA | 605-399-2195 | goldencorral.com

Longhorn Steakhouse

Indulge in sizzling, made-to-order steaks, seafood and a wide assortment of American dishes in an inviting ranch-style setting.

1510 Eglin St, Rapid City, SD 57701, USA | 605-342-2321 | longhornsteakhouse.com

Other Nearby Attractions

Badlands National Park

Explore a dramatic landscape marked by steep canyons and towering spires. See fossilized skeletons of three-toed horses and saber-toothed cats, while keeping a watchful eye for buffalo and bighorn sheep.

Prairie Berry Winery

Savor award-winning South Dakota wines in a beautiful setting. Pair your pours with a menu of delectable dishes made from fresh, seasonal ingredients, locally-grown in the winery's lovely garden.

Jewel Cave National Monument

Navigate over 180 miles of mapped passageways as you explore the third longest cave in the world. Marvel at glittering mineral formations, fragile formations and flashes of vibrant color.

Crazy Horse Memorial

Deservedly dubbed "The Eighth Wonder of the World in progress," the Crazy Horse Memorial is the world's largest mountain carving and a majestic man-made wonder, honoring all Native American tribes.

Devils Tower National Monument

Jutting skyward from the rolling prairie that surrounds the Black Hills, Devils Tower is America's very first national monument and one of the finest crack climbing areas in all of North America.

1880 Train

View the rugged Black Hills of South Dakota by vintage steam engine. Fun for visitors of all ages, this relaxing, two-hour trip takes you on a breathtaking, round-trip ride between Keystone and Hill City.


Take a walking tour of historic Deadwood and see how the West was really won. View the final resting places of Wild Bill Hickok and other Wild West legends, and enjoy saloons, gaming halls and themed casinos.