Rapid City is the second largest city in South Dakota and the best base if you plan to visit the Mount Rushmore National Memorial or explore the Black Hills National Forest. Despite being located close to important sites, it’s incredibly easy to find cheap hotels in Rapid City.
Rapid City is one of those American cities where you don’t need to rent a car or use the public transport to explore the city’s attractions; which is great, particularly if your budget is tight. There are plenty of things to do, from visiting museums, taking the kids to a lovely park dedicated to them, checking out the slippery residents of the Reptile Gardens or going shopping. Oh yeah, don’t forget the water parks.
Ideally you should look for a place to stay right in the city center. There are plenty of cheap hotels in Rapid City to choose from, no matter where you plan to stay. Of course, if you avoid the city center, the prices will be lower. Inns located outside the city – but close to the parks – can prove to be a good alternative if you plans only include exploring the nature and not the city itself.
Some of the budget places worth trying in Rapid City include: Rodeway Inn Mt. Rushmore Area (106 rooms, 20 min from the airport, 1 hr from downtown, offers easy access to the parks, pet friendly, free coffee, outdoor pool), Americas Best Value Inn (fitness center, outdoor pool, breakfast included, centrally located, AC, TV, internet) and Holiday Inn Express Hotel Rapid City (centrally located, easy access to attractions near-by, internet, coffee maker, free breakfast).