Rapid City, known by its slogan "Gateway to the Black Hills," was established along the eastern foothills of the Black Hills mountains. Located along the southwestern border of South Dakota, state parks, national monuments, Native American culture and history are just some of the attractions found here. Anyone interested in living in this famous western community can easily find an apartment for rent in a pleasant neighborhood with spectacular views.
The gold rush of the 1870's brought miners to the Black Hills, and the Rapid City community was founded in 1876. Today, the community's population surpasses 67,000 and residents renting apartments here will enjoy visiting the Crazy Horse Memorial, Mount Rushmore, Custer State Park and Wind Cave National Park.
After you choose a neighborhood and settle into an apartment for rent, venture to the Journey Museum. Exhibits housed here tell the story of the miners, mountain men and military expeditions that each played a vital role in developing the settlement. The Crazy Horse and Rushmore Monuments also have exhibits explaining the history and process of these massive projects. You will also want to check out the unique Chapel in the Hills, is a replicated version of the Norwegian Borgan Stavkirke and features a museum about the local Scandinavian immigrants.
If you are an animal lover, take a trip to Reptile Gardens. In addition to having the largest collection of reptiles on the planet, the location also offers shows featuring birds of prey, and it houses an expansive botanical garden. Bear Country USA covers 200 acres. Upon arrival, you merely drive along a scenic path while viewing 20 different species of native animals that include black and grizzly bears.
In addition to the Black Hills and Custer State Park, urban parks are popular for a wide selection of outdoor activities. You might enjoy boating and fishing on local lakes and rivers or camping, horseback riding, hiking and rock climbing.
Public transportation is provided by the city's RapidRide fixed route system, consisting of four routes that serve the north, south and west regions. Bus lines are also readily available.
If you are moving to the city in order to advance an education, the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology offers you the chance to obtain undergraduate or graduate degrees in more than 16 areas of engineering and science. Oglala Lakota College offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the fields of art and applied science. The National American University is another local campus.
Ellsworth Air Force Base, the National Park Service, and the Rapid City Regional Hospital are all predominant employers in the Rapid City area.