Casey’s guidebook

Casey

Casey’s guidebook

Neighborhood amenities
Splash pad, slides, pool in walking distance from the house. $6 entry per person. I don't think residency is required
Parkview Pool - May 31 2018
4221 Parkview Dr
Splash pad, slides, pool in walking distance from the house. $6 entry per person. I don't think residency is required
Nearby neighborhood bar with plenty of indoor and outdoor seating and sports on screens. Friday night karaoke, Saturday night live music, daily drink specials, pool tables, darts, and jukebox
Joe's Place Bar & Grill
4302 Pendleton Drive
Nearby neighborhood bar with plenty of indoor and outdoor seating and sports on screens. Friday night karaoke, Saturday night live music, daily drink specials, pool tables, darts, and jukebox
Walkable craft brewery brand new to the neighborhood!
Cohort Craft Brewery
4905 5th Street
Walkable craft brewery brand new to the neighborhood!
See our professional hockey team if you're in town for a home game during the season!
Rapid City Rush
444 Mount Rushmore Road
See our professional hockey team if you're in town for a home game during the season!
Cool underground arts scene. Concerts, improv, gallery shows -- all sorts of stuff on the calendar
The Cave Collective
406 5th Street
Cool underground arts scene. Concerts, improv, gallery shows -- all sorts of stuff on the calendar
We have one of these things. The Wild Bill one is something you might not find anywhere else 🤠
Black Hills Escape Rooms
705 Main St
We have one of these things. The Wild Bill one is something you might not find anywhere else 🤠
If you're sore from all the physical woes of travel and need a quick muscle kneading you can pop in here at the mall--no calls or reservations needed. Over the clothes, about $1/minute. Bring cash.
Go Spa
2200 North Maple Avenue
If you're sore from all the physical woes of travel and need a quick muscle kneading you can pop in here at the mall--no calls or reservations needed. Over the clothes, about $1/minute. Bring cash.
If you need to get in a run while you're here this is a nice ~1 mile asphalt loop ~1 mile from the house with cute off leash dogs to look at. There's little tree cover and no water so you'll need to bring your own. There is a Port-a-Potty. If you prefer to train on aggressive hills, try taking AnnaMaria Dr to AltaVista Dr up to City View Dr and down Fox Run Dr. This is the neighborhood just to the northwest of us across 5th St (you will run past Black Hills Surgical Hospital). I don't know how long this loop is.
Robbinsdale Park
631 East Oakland Street
If you need to get in a run while you're here this is a nice ~1 mile asphalt loop ~1 mile from the house with cute off leash dogs to look at. There's little tree cover and no water so you'll need to bring your own. There is a Port-a-Potty. If you prefer to train on aggressive hills, try taking AnnaMaria Dr to AltaVista Dr up to City View Dr and down Fox Run Dr. This is the neighborhood just to the northwest of us across 5th St (you will run past Black Hills Surgical Hospital). I don't know how long this loop is.
Sightseeing
Very interesting little-known regional history, outdoor and indoor museum, fish viewing, and free. The gift shop has some local pickles and preserves, don't miss it!
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D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery & Archives
423 Hatchery Circle
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Very interesting little-known regional history, outdoor and indoor museum, fish viewing, and free. The gift shop has some local pickles and preserves, don't miss it!
Pop in at will and check out the hotel lobby for some interesting history and unique Native American details. Find some real treasures in the gift shop. If you can find a way to get up to the rooftop bar you'll be rewarded with some one of a kind views of Rapid City. My bf said of this allegedly haunted locale, "Come for the swastikas, stay for the shining."
Hotel Alex Johnson Rapid City, Curio Collection by Hilton
523 6th St
Pop in at will and check out the hotel lobby for some interesting history and unique Native American details. Find some real treasures in the gift shop. If you can find a way to get up to the rooftop bar you'll be rewarded with some one of a kind views of Rapid City. My bf said of this allegedly haunted locale, "Come for the swastikas, stay for the shining."
For when you're looking for someone else to drive you 2+ hours through the scenic hills, windows down. Get a round trip ticket and start from either Keystone or Hill City
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1880 Train - Hill City Depot
213 Pine Mountain Ave
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For when you're looking for someone else to drive you 2+ hours through the scenic hills, windows down. Get a round trip ticket and start from either Keystone or Hill City
A free nearby museum with some unique creatures, fossils, and stones you might not even have heard of before!
Museum of Geology
501 E St Joseph St
A free nearby museum with some unique creatures, fossils, and stones you might not even have heard of before!
Drive on through and observe more bison that you've probably ever seen before, right next to your car. Also expect to see deer and prairie dogs. It's either free or included in your Custer State Park entrance pass, I'm not sure
Wildlife Loop Road
Drive on through and observe more bison that you've probably ever seen before, right next to your car. Also expect to see deer and prairie dogs. It's either free or included in your Custer State Park entrance pass, I'm not sure
Food scene
Rapid City restaurants and bars unless noted otherwise
Authentic underground downtown speakeasy with craft cocktails open Thursday-Saturday. Text (do not call!) local area code nine three nine, oh oh ninety-five
Blind Lion
510 9th Street
Authentic underground downtown speakeasy with craft cocktails open Thursday-Saturday. Text (do not call!) local area code nine three nine, oh oh ninety-five
Boutique ice cream at great prices. Unique and seasonal flavors. Great outdoor seating
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The Silver Lining Creamery
512 Main St
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Boutique ice cream at great prices. Unique and seasonal flavors. Great outdoor seating
Interesting flatbreads, draft beers, bottled wines and just great evening dinner ambience
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Independent Ale House
625 West Saint Joseph Street
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Interesting flatbreads, draft beers, bottled wines and just great evening dinner ambience
(Spearfish, SD) Unique menu and craft cocktails, great wine list and local beers. Next door to an axe throwing shop, craft brewery, and coffee/wine patio. Down the street from the Spearfish Rec Center which has awesome outdoor pools
The Farmhouse Bistro & Bar
2525 Yukon Place
(Spearfish, SD) Unique menu and craft cocktails, great wine list and local beers. Next door to an axe throwing shop, craft brewery, and coffee/wine patio. Down the street from the Spearfish Rec Center which has awesome outdoor pools
Free live music, pop in if you're walking downtown exploring the night life and like what you hear. Check out the art in the lobby
445 Martini Lounge
445 Mount Rushmore Road
Free live music, pop in if you're walking downtown exploring the night life and like what you hear. Check out the art in the lobby
Unique burgers & extensive tap list. Bar, table, and patio seating. Favored by families, groups, and solo business travelers
Sickies Garage Burgers & Brews
3313 East Mall Drive
Unique burgers & extensive tap list. Bar, table, and patio seating. Favored by families, groups, and solo business travelers
Authentically home cooked and soul nourishing Jamaican food (stews, curries, rice, and dumplings) by Pauline. Pair with a cold spicy ginger beer and leave oh so satisfied.
A&D Jamaican Restaurant
710 North Lacrosse Street
Authentically home cooked and soul nourishing Jamaican food (stews, curries, rice, and dumplings) by Pauline. Pair with a cold spicy ginger beer and leave oh so satisfied.
Tasty breakfast sandwiches, great coffee, tons of different bagel and cream cheese varieties/flavors. Authentic cafe ambience
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Black Hills Bagels
913 Mount Rushmore Road
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Tasty breakfast sandwiches, great coffee, tons of different bagel and cream cheese varieties/flavors. Authentic cafe ambience
Absolutely lovely locally roasted beans; they have tea and specialty coffee drinks made to order. They have a few pastries and hot played cafe breakfast menu items. Plenty of indoor seating
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Essence Of Coffee
908 Main St
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Absolutely lovely locally roasted beans; they have tea and specialty coffee drinks made to order. They have a few pastries and hot played cafe breakfast menu items. Plenty of indoor seating
Very upscale dining but casual attire is totally okay. Amazing menu and huge cuts of steak. Awesome breakfast/brunch as well. Treat yourself!
Legends steakhouse
Very upscale dining but casual attire is totally okay. Amazing menu and huge cuts of steak. Awesome breakfast/brunch as well. Treat yourself!
Two story arcade with new as well as vintage games. Total party scene on weekend nights. Full pizza menu during the day. "Adult" milkshakes are worth a look on the menu upstairs
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Press Start
504 Mt Rushmore Rd
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Two story arcade with new as well as vintage games. Total party scene on weekend nights. Full pizza menu during the day. "Adult" milkshakes are worth a look on the menu upstairs
Delicious donuts, unique flavors. Have a fun breakfast--you're on vacation!
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Jerry's Cakes & Donuts
109 E Omaha St
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Delicious donuts, unique flavors. Have a fun breakfast--you're on vacation!
Great deals at Happy Hour 4-6p on appetizers, beer/wine, and wells/cocktails. More upscale kind of ranch/lodge vibe. Sports on screens in the bar area. Try chislic while you're in the region; it's especially great here
Dakotah Steakhouse
1325 North Elk Vale Road
Great deals at Happy Hour 4-6p on appetizers, beer/wine, and wells/cocktails. More upscale kind of ranch/lodge vibe. Sports on screens in the bar area. Try chislic while you're in the region; it's especially great here
This is the authentic Mexican food in Rapid
Sabor A Mexico Restaurante
208 E North St
This is the authentic Mexican food in Rapid
Family owned, authentic mediterranean/middle eastern salads, shawarmas, baklava, and gyros. Great spot for lunch
The Gyro Hub
1301 W Omaha St
Family owned, authentic mediterranean/middle eastern salads, shawarmas, baklava, and gyros. Great spot for lunch
On Mondays they offer a ~12" personal pizza and a pint for $8-9. It's a really great deal; don't be put off by it being attached to a gas station-- the ambience is modern pizza restaurant, borderline fast casual
Inferno Food By Fire
On Mondays they offer a ~12" personal pizza and a pint for $8-9. It's a really great deal; don't be put off by it being attached to a gas station-- the ambience is modern pizza restaurant, borderline fast casual
My favorite Indian/Nepali food in Rapid
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Himalayan Kitchen
1720 Mt Rushmore Rd
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My favorite Indian/Nepali food in Rapid
Soul food, seafood, hush puppies, poboys, boudin balls, hurricanes, Abita -- as a Gulf Coast native I think they are actually really nailing it!
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Jambonz Deux
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Soul food, seafood, hush puppies, poboys, boudin balls, hurricanes, Abita -- as a Gulf Coast native I think they are actually really nailing it!
Friday/Saturday night in the wee hours it is a real party. Probably great for young singles
Oasis Lounge
711 Main Street
Friday/Saturday night in the wee hours it is a real party. Probably great for young singles
Very tasty barbecue and sides, spacious seating. Kick back in their recliners in front of the TV and fireplace. It's totally not a place you expect to find at the mall. I don't know another place in this region where you can get bbq, and I don't need to!
Maple Street BBQ
2200 North Maple Avenue
Very tasty barbecue and sides, spacious seating. Kick back in their recliners in front of the TV and fireplace. It's totally not a place you expect to find at the mall. I don't know another place in this region where you can get bbq, and I don't need to!
Scratch made pasta! Yum!
Sabatino's Italian Ristorante
617 Main Street
Scratch made pasta! Yum!
Operate your own beer taps and pay by the ounce
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Pour 54 Taphouse
615 Main Street
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Operate your own beer taps and pay by the ounce
I split time between here and Philly and this place has some cheese steaks to be proud of
Philly Ted's Cheesesteak
502 Main St
I split time between here and Philly and this place has some cheese steaks to be proud of
A real classy brunch. There can be a wait. I heard the dinner menu is nice too
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Tally's Silver Spoon
530 6th Street
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A real classy brunch. There can be a wait. I heard the dinner menu is nice too
City/town information
Town center adjacent to Custer State Park. You'll find some dining spots and gem/rock stores. It's a nice spot to recharge after a hike or a long drive
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Custer
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Town center adjacent to Custer State Park. You'll find some dining spots and gem/rock stores. It's a nice spot to recharge after a hike or a long drive
Casinos, wild west restaurants and shows, souvenir shops. Lots of references from the show Deadwood. Visit the cemetery at a very cheap entrance fee, watch a free shootout in the square, dress up like frontier saloon patrons and take a sepia tone souvenir portrait why don't you
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Deadwood
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Casinos, wild west restaurants and shows, souvenir shops. Lots of references from the show Deadwood. Visit the cemetery at a very cheap entrance fee, watch a free shootout in the square, dress up like frontier saloon patrons and take a sepia tone souvenir portrait why don't you
Pop up bars in the summertime and primarily during the big motorcycle rally. Parking is tough during the rally unless you're okay with long walks. There's a motorcycle museum but the town as a whole does not seem like a great tourist stop other than during the rally.
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Sturgis
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Pop up bars in the summertime and primarily during the big motorcycle rally. Parking is tough during the rally unless you're okay with long walks. There's a motorcycle museum but the town as a whole does not seem like a great tourist stop other than during the rally.
A college and young family town with beautiful scenic canyons, hiking, and a handful of hip eateries
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Spearfish
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A college and young family town with beautiful scenic canyons, hiking, and a handful of hip eateries
You can stop into the one little watering hole here on your way back from the Badlands. Sometimes there's homemade food available for purchase. Definitely a local vibe but very visitor friendly. You may just meet their corgi mascot
Wasta
You can stop into the one little watering hole here on your way back from the Badlands. Sometimes there's homemade food available for purchase. Definitely a local vibe but very visitor friendly. You may just meet their corgi mascot
You can make a day of doing the museums, getting a spa treatment and soaking in the fresh spring water at Moccasin Springs, enjoying a cocktail made with local whiskey at Bourbon speakeasy, and bowling/dining at Winner's Circle. Evans Plunge is a more family friendly and historical swimming option that's pretty fun for couples, too.
Hot Springs
You can make a day of doing the museums, getting a spa treatment and soaking in the fresh spring water at Moccasin Springs, enjoying a cocktail made with local whiskey at Bourbon speakeasy, and bowling/dining at Winner's Circle. Evans Plunge is a more family friendly and historical swimming option that's pretty fun for couples, too.
This is the tourist-trappy area surrounding Mt Rushmore (which is indeed a must see). It's not that bad; a good chance to take care of your souvenir-shopping, find some refreshments, walk around, kill some time if you need to
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Keystone
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This is the tourist-trappy area surrounding Mt Rushmore (which is indeed a must see). It's not that bad; a good chance to take care of your souvenir-shopping, find some refreshments, walk around, kill some time if you need to
Hiking
A 6+ mile round trip loop with a few mildly technical spots. Well-worn and easy to follow trail, creature spotting, and a marvelous panoramic reward at the top. Pretty well tree-covered. Best to go early morning before everyone else wakes up
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Crow Peak Trailhead
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A 6+ mile round trip loop with a few mildly technical spots. Well-worn and easy to follow trail, creature spotting, and a marvelous panoramic reward at the top. Pretty well tree-covered. Best to go early morning before everyone else wakes up
Medium-length & high intensity but not especially technical hike, incredible scenic views (basically what they would show you on some of the helicopter rides). Best to go very early in the morning, of course. Bring plenty of water. Bathroom facilities and a little lake are at the base (you can take my beach towels if you want to swim or picnic there). Usually plenty of parking but it can get quite crowded on weekends and holidays.
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Black Elk Peak
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Medium-length & high intensity but not especially technical hike, incredible scenic views (basically what they would show you on some of the helicopter rides). Best to go very early in the morning, of course. Bring plenty of water. Bathroom facilities and a little lake are at the base (you can take my beach towels if you want to swim or picnic there). Usually plenty of parking but it can get quite crowded on weekends and holidays.
Beautiful cold-spring natural swimming hole. A somewhat technical hike to get to, but not a long hike and definitely worth it. Best appreciated for morning visits before the sun goes behind the ridge and the water gets *really* cold
Hippie Hole
Beautiful cold-spring natural swimming hole. A somewhat technical hike to get to, but not a long hike and definitely worth it. Best appreciated for morning visits before the sun goes behind the ridge and the water gets *really* cold
Shorter than Black Elk Peak and a great way to take in the unique scenery and see some incredible views
Cathedral Spires Trailhead
Shorter than Black Elk Peak and a great way to take in the unique scenery and see some incredible views