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During your stay with us at the Foothills Inn Hotel, you are surrounded by and centrally located near many of the greatest adventures and national parks that the Black Hills of South Dakota have to offer. Make the Foothills Inn your home while traveling north, south, east or west.

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Local Attractions

Mount Rushmore

Mount Rushmore

Top your stay at Foothills Inn off with a visit to one of the most famous national monuments, Mount Rushmore!  Home to over three million visitors every year, this tribute to our national history is only a 40-minute drive away.  Be sure to drive through the scenic Needles and Pigtails on your way there, and stop in lovely Keystone for ice cream or taffy to finish off your day.

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Reptile Gardens

Reptile Gardens

Reptile Gardens is an animal park located south of Rapid City, South Dakota on the road to Mount Rushmore National Memorial. 20 minutes or 11 miles from The Foothills Inn.

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Badlands National Park

Badlands National Park

The Badlands of South Dakota are an awe-inspiring travel destination for visitors from around the world.  Formed by millions of years of deposition and erosion, the striking colors and spires are a photographer's dream and a hiker's paradise.  Make plans to visit the Ben Reifel Visitor Center (just a little over an hour south of the Foothills Inn on scenic Hwy 44) and learn all the great things you can do in the Badlands! 

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Custer State Park

Custer State Park

Whether you're a hardcore hiking enthusiast, a quiet nature communer, or just a mobile visitor who wants to ride the Wildlife Loop and grab a bite to eat, Custer State Park has what you're looking for.  Just 30 miles from Foothills Inn, you can enjoy the rugged beauty of the Black Hills on your drive to the park.  Just don't get out of your car to feed the bison or the burros, no matter how fluffy they look!

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Journey Museum

Journey Museum

The Journey Museum & Learning Center is the perfect place to learn about the rich history of the Black Hills and the Native American culture. Admission fees to the Geology and Paleontology, Archaeology, Native American Culture, and Pioneer History exhibits are extremely affordable, and if you save your receipt, you can go back the next day for free!  Your Journey to amazing history is just six short minutes away from the Foothills Inn.

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Chapel in the Hills

Chapel in the Hills

Rapid City has its very own "stavekirke," or stave church; it is an identical copy of the most famous stavekirke in Norway. Built in the late 1960s, it offers visitors a beautiful glimpse into the Norwegian heritage that helped form the Black Hills area.  The Chapel is open to the public, and invites everyone to attend their summer evening services, which begin Memorial Day and end on Labor Day.   

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Dinosaur Park

Dinosaur Park

Get ready for free family fun at Rapid City's beloved Dinosaur Park!  The park has been open to the public since 1936 - children and grown-ups alike will love the fun dinosaur sculptures, beautiful views of the city, and fresh Black Hills air.  Pop into the gift shop and ask where you can find the dinosaur footprints!  Just a few miles away from Foothills Inn, this family-friendly venue is a must-see on your Rapid City trip.

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Dahl Arts Center

Dahl Arts Center

The Dahl Arts Center is Rapid City's premier and progressive center for visual, educational, and performing arts.  From its five visual arts galleries, which most often focus on local and Native American artists, to its interactive children's gallery and Emerging Artist performing space, the Dahl provides an excellent way to spend the day without spending a dime. Located just minutes from the Foothills Inn, it is a wonderful addition to a budget-minded vacation!

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Crazy Horse Memorial

Crazy Horse Memorial

When you're making your vacation plans, don't forget to include Crazy Horse Memorial.  Located just 37 short miles from Foothills Inn, the still-under-construction monument of the famous Native American chief, once completed, will be the second tallest sculpture in the world.

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The Outdoor Campus

The Outdoor Campus

Explore trails, prairie, wetland and stream habitats outside. Over 1.5 miles of nature trails. 4,600 gallon freshwater aquarium. Learn about South Dakota wildlife and outdoor recreation. Visit with state Game, Fish &; Parks staff. 11 minutes or 5 miles from The Foothills Inn.

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The Black Hills Play House

The Black Hills Play House

The Black Hills Playhouse is an American theater located just off the Needles Highway and Iron Mountain Road in Custer State Park in the Black Hills of South Dakota. The playhouse is managed by Black Hills Playhouse Inc. 52 minutes or 30 miles from The Foothills Inn.

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Prairie Berry Winery

Prairie Berry Winery

Enjoy our award-winning South Dakota wines in a relaxed and kid-friendly setting. Find our winery in the heart of the Black Hills, not far from Mount Rushmore. 35 minutes or 27 miles from The Foothills Inn.

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