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Group Travel Blog

Want to experience the beautiful Black Hills and surrounding areas in just a few days? The Hotel Alex Johnson is Rapid City’s premier downtown hotel and only a short drive from many well-known Black Hills attractions. To ensure you get the most out of your Black Hills travel experience, we have put together a list of “must-see and do” attractions nearby the hotel and throughout the Black Hills.

Life-Size Presidential Statues

Start your vacation with an exciting walk through downtown Rapid City. With a vibrant downtown scene, Main Street Square, and plenty of shopping, there is something for everyone. Did you know there is a series of life-size statues of our nation’s past presidents on every corner? These historic faces pay tribute to America’s heritage and serve as a reminder of their past legacies.

Main Street Square & Shopping

Main Street Square in downtown Rapid City has become a recent destination landmark known for its shopping, events, and recreational experiences. During the summer months, Main Street Square becomes a public plaza with signature events such as live concerts, festivals, and even car shows. As winter approaches, the Square transforms into a one-of-a-kind ice rink for all ages to enjoy.

Downtown Restaurants

Looking for somewhere to dine in? Rapid City is known for its distinctive dining and offers a wide variety of restaurants. From rooftop patios to Irish pubs and fine dining, your senses will be delighted with the variety of dining options available in downtown Rapid City. When you stay at the Hotel Alex Johnson, indulge in savory entrees with unbeatable views at our Vertex Sky Bar located on the rooftop of the hotel. Want to try a cold, draft brew? Head downstairs to Paddy O’Neill’s Irish Pub where Ireland is just a sip away. Need a pick-me-up? Enjoy a bold cup of joe at our onsite Starbucks. We’ve got you covered for every meal during your visit to Rapid City.

Black Hills & Surrounding Attractions

After experiencing the downtown area, be sure to take some time to explore the Black Hills and surrounding areas. A trip to the Black Hills would not be complete without visiting Mount Rushmore and its neighboring attractions. The area is packed with so much to see and do – and everything is within a short driving distance from Rapid City.

Click here to see two recommended itinerary options to take depending on your departure date and travel plans.

Click here to learn more about all the exciting attractions the Black Hills has to offer.

Whether you are looking to spend most of your time exploring the Black Hills or staying closer to downtown Rapid City, your next trip starts at the Hotel Alex Johnson.

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