Courtesy South Dakota Dept. of Tourism
Choosing Rapid City, S.D., as a meeting destination puts groups near some of the nation’s best-known historic landmarks: Mount Rushmore, the Crazy Horse Memorial, Badlands National Park, two national caves and Custer State Park.
For groups that don’t have time to venture beyond downtown, there’s Main Street Square.
“It’s an outdoor gathering spot for locals and visitors that is available for concerts, receptions, festivals, seminars, movies under the stars and things like that. In the winter, they turn it into an ice skating rink,” said Lisa Storms, senior convention sales manager for the local CVB.
The Journey Museum covers 2.5 billion years of Dakota history. It’s an interesting place to be, surrounded by so much history, when you are attending a dinner, a reception, a lecture or a special event. Rent the entire museum or an outdoor area that overlooks seven acres of beautiful Western Dakota Native Gardens.
K Bar S Lodge in Black Hills National Forest has views of Mount Rushmore, as well as large meeting and banquet facilities.
Bear Country U.S.A., also in the Black Hills, is home to black bears, elk, reindeer, cougars, bobcats, buffalo and many other North American mammals. The wildlife park is ideal for small and large gatherings.