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5 Holiday Celebrations in the Black Hills

With stunning wintry scenery and plenty of cold weather fun around every corner, the Black Hills are the perfect place to get into the holiday spirit! In addition to beauty and outdoor recreation, there are tons of events located throughout the area that feature all of the necessities for a festive time – Christmas carols, hot chocolate and cookies, the whole nine yards. So put on your Santa hat and head to one of these five holiday events in the Black Hills during your stay at Quality Inn Rapid City.

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5 Top Coffee Shops in Rapid City

Forget mass-produced coffee chains that offer little in the way of personality or good coffee – small, local coffee shops not only serve up java that has gotten a little more care, but serve it with small-town hospitality. While you’re away from home, you may be missing your favorite little spot to grab your daily cup of joe, but we’re here to let you in on some of Rapid City’s best destinations for getting some superb coffee and scrumptious eats!

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Top Places to Eat in Rapid City, SD

No matter how long your venture was to Rapid City, once you check into your cozy room at the Quality Inn and Suites, a tasty meal will be at the top of your list of priorities. But, the classic question remains – where to go? For those unfamiliar with the area, it can feel overwhelming trying to pick through the hundreds of options to find the perfect spot to satisfy your craving. Luckily, we’ve compiled an eclectic list of local favorites that serve everything from classic diner breakfasts to exotic dishes. Read on to learn about ten of the culinary treasures in our area!

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September 2019 Events in the Black Hills

We get it, the end of August rolls around and suddenly it seems as if you spent your entire summer thinking there would be more time to get out and enjoy yourself, but never had the chance. And now, summer is on its way out and you think you missed the bus on all the fun and adventure that summer had to offer. Well, we’ve got some good news for you, summer is NOT over, and there’s still plenty of fun to be had throughout the month of September! Here’s a few of our top picks for September fun.

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4 Reasons to Visit the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

Each year the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally brings in hundreds of thousands of people from all over the world, and while most flock to the area to show off their prized bikes and take scenic drives through the beautiful Black Hills, many head to the town of Sturgis to simply enjoy the plentiful entertainment, live music and great food and drink that the event provides. Whether or not you own a motorcycle, a trip to the rally is sure to result in fun, and also allows you to take part in one of the biggest events held in the region each year. Read on to learn why you should plan a visit to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally during your stay at Quality Inn and Suites.

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Celebrating Independence Day in the Black Hills

With a national monument that draws people from all over the world and breath-taking views that make you really appreciate the beauty of our country, the Black Hills are the perfect place to be during the 4th of July. There are many events taking place throughout the area that let you and your family join in on fun, live music, great food, and fireworks during your stay here at the Quality Inn and Suites in Rapid City. Read on to learn more about the local patriotic festivities taking place during the week of Independence Day!

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Celebrate Dad in the Black Hills this Father’s Day

It’s that time of year again to celebrate the great fathers in our lives! Whether dad is the outdoorsy type, a music lover, or would enjoy a day full of adrenaline, the Black Hills has the perfect festivity that will give him a holiday to remember. Show him how much you appreciate him this year by taking him to a Father’s Day event that has his name written all over it during your stay at Quality Inn & Suites in Rapid City, SD!

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Mother’s Day in the Black Hills

Every year, we dedicate a day to honoring all of the hard-working mothers out there by showing her how special and appreciated she is. Mother’s Day lands on May 12th this year, and what better way to celebrate mom than by to treat her to a fun-filled spring day during your stay here at Quality Inn and Suites Rapid City? Whether the mom in your life is an adventurous go-getter or a history buff, they will be sure to enjoy Mother’s Day this year with all the festivities taking place right here in the Black Hills!

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April Events and Easter Celebrations in the Black Hills

Whether you choose to spend your day hunting for eggs full of candy and meeting the Easter bunny, or searching for “Easter kegs” and enjoying a hearty meal, you are sure to find the perfect way to join in on the Easter festivities during your stay at the Quality Inn and Suites Rapid City. We have the scoop on some of the best, unique Black Hills celebrations taking place during April, many of which are only minutes from the comforts of your room. Read on to learn more!

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Spring Destinations in the Black Hills

The gloom of winter is almost over and it’s time to get some spring in your step! After a snowy winter, the area blooms with activity, making it a great time of year for a visit. Whether you want to spend your spring break vacation hiking in the beautiful mountains of the Black Hills or taking a motorcycle ride through Spearfish Canyon, Quality Inn in Rapid City is the perfect, central location. We’ve laid out some of the top hotspots to add to your trip’s itinerary so you can experience the amazing things spring in western South Dakota has to offer!

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6 Unique Valentines Day Date Ideas

Unleash your inner hopeless romantic, because Valentine’s Day is right around the corner! Rapid City has a lot to offer when it comes to date ideas. From expensive restaurants to the many art museums, there’s sure to be something for every type of couple. But Rapid City also has out of the ordinary hot-spots for the spontaneous duos out there. Read on to find out how you and your special someone can catch a break from the oh-so common “dinner and a movie” dates.

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Winter Celebrations in Rapid City!

Winter is the season of preparation! You’re preparing for the holidays and family gatherings, baking every type of sweet treat to spread some holiday cheer, and attending parties left and right. But what about time for yourself? We’ve put together a few fun ideas for you to enjoy yourself while in Rapid City this winter. Check out our list and take advantage of some winter celebrations going on in Rapid City during January!

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What to Do In & Around Rapid City?

Wondering what to do during your stay here in Rapid City? There are a lot of excellent options, including a visit to Custer State Park, Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse, or even the nearby Badlands. Rapid City is conveniently located between most everything there is to do here on the western side of South Dakota.

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4 Upsides to Holiday Traveling

Although the holidays tend to bring about feelings of merriment and joy, there is an aspect that many may dread: traveling. From fighting with the crowds at the airport to forgetting to pack an important item in your suitcase, there are many ways traveling this time of year can be stressful. Luckily, there are also upsides to taking a vacation this time of year. Read on to learn why holiday traveling can be the ideal way to spend your holiday break.

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Celebrating Halloween in the Black Hills

If you’re craving a hauntingly good time during your October visit to Rapid City, you’re in luck. Whether you’re looking for a family-friendly spot for the little ones to do some trick-or-treating or a 21 and older bash where you can cut loose and have some fun, you’ll find just what you’re looking for among the variety of Halloween celebrations taking place throughout the area. Grab a costume and treat bag and head to one of the following events for some spooky entertainment.

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Oktoberfest in the Black Hills

You don’t have to travel to Munich to break out your lederhosen and dirndls, enjoy a hearty stein of beer and join in on one of the world’s largest festivals; there are many unique opportunities to take part in an Oktoberfest celebration right here in the Black Hills! Read on to learn where to go for the best in traditional German food, top local wines and beers and live music that will make you want to get up and dance during your stay in Rapid City.

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5 Ways to Beat the Black Hills Heat

While August is one of the best months to visit South Dakota, it is often one of the hotter months as well! So, how can you enjoy a relaxing, fun, and unique vacation to the Black Hills with such high temperatures? Check out the list we’ve compiled of five ways for you to beat the Black Hills heat this August!

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National Ice Cream Day – 5 Ways to Celebrate!

July 16th is National Ice Cream Day! Proclaimed by President Ronald Reagan in 1984, people all around the country are celebrating National Ice Cream Day together. Whether you want a scoop of classic vanilla or dare to try a dill pickle sorbet, checkout our list of delicious ice cream shops located throughout the Black Hills.

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3 Pit Stops to Make on the Road to Mount Rushmore

If you tell people you visited South Dakota without visiting the top attraction in the state, they would think you’re crazy. With over 2.4 million people visiting the attraction from all over the world each year, it’s a no-brainer to make a trip to witness this spectacular memorial in person. But what about the journey up to Mount Rushmore? Make the most of your time in the Black Hills with these three must-see pit stops.

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Celebrate Memorial Day in the Black Hills

Memorial Day weekend is a time to remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifices so we, as Americans, can live in freedom. Throughout the Black Hills there are a variety of activities and Memorial Day events happening to commemorate and honor those during this holiday. As a family, you will find a wide variety of events in Rapid City and nearby to take part in.

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4 Ways to Maximize Your Stay in Rapid City

Whether your goals are to relax and rejuvenate or to cut loose and have some fun, you don’t have to venture far to find exactly what you’re looking for at Quality Inn & Suites. That makes a stay here perfect for those that are only staying in the area for a day or two, but still want to experience quality Black Hills entertainment and dining. Below are four ways to spend your time in Rapid City, all within five minutes of your hotel room, so you can spend more time enjoying yourself, and less time traveling from destination to destination.

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5 Essential Winter Activities in the Black Hills

Winters in western South Dakota can’t be beat; the snowy, frigid days are perfect for viewing the softly falling snow while enjoying relaxing indoor activities, and outdoor enthusiasts will love being able to get out and take part in winter sports on mild Black Hills afternoons. Below are some popular activities among locals and visitors that you should add to your list of things to do during your winter Black Hills vacation.

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