Settled when gold was discovered nearby in the 1870s, Rapid City was named after Rapid Creek, around which the town was built. Located in South Dakota, the town became a centre for trade in the Midwest USA, and over the years gradually grew into the city it is today. With great weather throughout most of the year, stunning natural areas within short distance and the famous Mount Rushmore just a short drive to the south-west, Rapid City has emerged as a popular destination for travellers, and is the perfect place to stop off for those touring the northern parts of the US with a rental car. Auto Europe offers several car hires pick up locations in Rapid City, South Dakota, and a large fleet selection, so finding a car rental in Rapid City is both easy and economical.
The most famous attraction in the area, and no doubt the number one reason visitors come to Rapid City is Mount Rushmore, located just short pleasant drive from the city with your rental car. Completed in the 1940s, the memorial to American Presidents sparked a boom in tourism in the area, and at almost 20 metres in height is an impressive sight indeed.
Not far from Mount Rushmore, you can visit another well-known attraction in the area, the Reptile Gardens. Home to a great range of snakes, lizards, turtles and alligators, the park is over 70 years old and is home to more species of reptiles than any other zoo or park in the world! For fans of giant reptiles, Rapid City is also home to Dinosaur Park, located on a large hill just outside the city centre, where you will find giant statues of dinosaurs, not to mention great views of the city below.
To visit another truly unique attraction in Rapid City, drive your hire car into the city centre, and head towards 6th or 7th streets, located in the heart of downtown. Running between the streets is Art Alley, a stretch of road dedicated to art, where you will find many great paintings and sculptures, which are constantly changing and evolving, perfect for a spot of sightseeing without having to leave the city!
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