Black Hills Attractions

The Hotel Alex Johnson is conveniently located in the center of Historic Downtown Rapid City, and is a safe walking distance from many unique specialty shops, museums, art galleries, bistros, health food, clothing, jewelry and book stores, restaurants, salons and fitness centers.
Alex Johnson rises above all Rapid City South Dakota hotels with a central location to both Rapid City and surrounding Black Hills attractions.  Only a short drive from many well-known Rapid City attractions such as Mount Rushmore and Reptile Gardens, this downtown hotel is also in a prime location for guests to visit other areas of the Black Hills. Travel back in time 2.5 billion years at the Journey Museum, escape into the 144 miles of nature on the Mickelson Trail, or view the beauty of the Black Hills from a new perspective on an 1880 Steam Train.

Book your room today at The Hotel Alex Johnson to enjoy the endless possibilities available in Rapid City, SD.Although it’s impossible to list them all, below are some places of interest to get you started when visiting this spectacular community. From relaxation to thrill and excitement, there’s something for everyone in the heart of Rapid City.

Mount Rushmore

Mt. Rushmore

Only 25 minutes away from The Hotel Alex Johnson, Mount Rushmore is a place that every American should visit at least once in their lives – it will take your breath away!

 

Crazy Horse Memorial

Crazy Horse Memorial

View the spectacular Legends in Light laser-light show at Crazy Horse Memorial, the world’s largest mountain sculpture still in progress.

 

WaTiki Water Park

WaTiki Water Park

The WaTiki Waterpark Resort is the largest indoor waterpark, not only in the Black Hills but in all of North and South Dakota. WaTiki Waterpark offers over 30,000 square feet of indoor splash-tastic fun for every age!

 

Badlands National Park

Badlands National Park

Walk where ancient animals such as the rhino, horse, and saber-toothed cat once roamed at this 244,000 acre park filled with astounding geologic deposits containing one of the world’s richest fossil beds.

 

Reptile Gardens

Reptile Gardens

This world famous reptile zoo is only six miles South of Rapid City, and encourages both children and adults to experience an exhilarating environment filled with amphibians, bugs, birds, and reptiles of all sizes.

 

Rushmore Cave

Rushmore Cave

Stalagmites, flowstones, draperies and helictites adorn this legendary cave close to Mount Rushmore. Offering scenic cave tours, cave spelunking, a 7-D interactive theater and a zipline ride, Rushmore Cave has everything you need and want for a fun filled day in Rapid City.

 

Dinosaur Park

Dinosaur Park

Seven life-size concrete replicas of monstrous prehistoric reptiles roam the outdoors in a park-like setting atop the hill that divides Rapid City into east and west. The brontosaurus can be seen from most points around the city

 

Pirates Cove Mini Golf

Pirates Cove Mini Golf

The adventures of infamous pirates come to life as you putt your way through caves, around boulders, over footbridges, and under cascading waterfalls.

 

Journey Museum

Journey Museum

Go on an unbelievable trek through time as you learn about where dinosaurs lie buried, how the Black Hills formed over 2.5 billion years ago, and why the homesteaders settled in the wilderness we call home.

 

1880 Train

1880 Train

Enjoy a trip through the breathtakingly scenic Black Hills on a two hour and fifteen minute round trip ride on a vintage steam train that your family will never forget.

 

Storybook Island

Storybook Island

Storybook Island is a fantasy of design, color, animation and music that delights both children and adults. It is complete in every detail with cuddly animals, castles, trains and more.

 

Bear Country

Bear Country

Get up close and personal with animals of all shapes and sizes at Bear Country U.S.A. Take a leisurely three-mile drive to meet black bear, elk, reindeer, deer, cougars, bobcats, rocky mountain goats, bighorn sheep, dall sheep and buffalo.

 

Spearfish Canyon

Spearfish Canyon

Black Hills beauty at its finest, Spearfish Canyon is one of the most scenic landscapes in the state. With over 1300 plant species, various types of animals and Bridal Veil Falls to explore, this area is one that sightseers, picnickers, bikers, and families do not want to miss.

 

Prairie Edge

Prairie Edge

Just a block away from The Alex Johnson Hotel, this art and craft gallery is home to various types of collections from both Native American and Non-Native artists.

 

Museum of Geology

Museum of Geology

The Museum of Geology is an exhibit facility that presents an astonishing array of fossils, minerals, and rocks that are representative of the geologic diversity of South Dakota.

 

Dakota Angler

Dakota Angler

Providing a large selection of fly-fishing tackle as well as fly fishing schools, casting classes, and guided trips, Dakota Angler is your ultimate fishing outfitter in the Black Hills.

 

Historic Deadwood

Historic Deadwood

Take a trip to the Wild West of South Dakota and visit the historic landmark that housed many legendary faces such as Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane and experience non-stop casino action at Cadillac Jack’s or Tin Lizzie Casinos.

 

Mammoth Site

Mammoth Site

Located in Hot Springs, SD, the Mammoth Site offers visitors a window into the Ice Ages with an active paleontological dig site and exhibited fossils for all ages to enjoy.