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Spring Destinations in the Black Hills

November 09, 2020

Make the most of your spring break vacation during your stay at Quality Inn Rapid City by visiting some of the best Black Hills destinations

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!

Outdoor Campus-West
If you’re looking for a family friendly destination that’s filled with beautiful sights and fresh air, Outdoor Campus-West is the ideal stop. Located only 10 minutes from the Quality Inn, the Outdoor Campus-West has free admission and boasts trails, prairie, wetland, and stream habitats throughout their property. Inside, there is also plenty to explore, with a 4,600-gallon aquarium prominently displayed, and an area featuring animals that are native to this area. Take a stroll on their over 1.5 miles of nature trails and get your fix of the beautiful Black Hills. While you’re there, why not get some hands-on experience and learn something new? Free lessons in outdoor skills like hunting, fishing, and archery are provided so you can get the most out of your visit! You can learn more about all that the Outdoor Campus-West has to offer here.

Canyon Lake Park
There’s a lot that Rapid City has to offer and one of the best is definitely the abundance of parks scattered around the city, although not all of them give you the freedom to thoroughly enjoy the outdoors quite like Canyon Lake Park. There are many activities which allow you to take advantage of spring’s arrival, like paddle boat rentals, a fishing bridge, and a gazebo right in the center of the mesmerizing lake. It doesn’t cost anything to have a great spring day at Canyon Lake Park, however, the hourly rate to rent a paddle boat to have some extra family fun is $15 for a four-seater or $12 for a two-seater. This stunning park is only a 12 minute drive from the Quality Inn, so pack a lunch and go spend some time outside with your loved ones!

Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway
If it’s still a little too chilly for your liking by the time spring finally rolls around, there’s no wrong-doing in spending it in your car! The 19-mile cruise through Spearfish Canyon offers some of the most breathtaking scenery you will find in the region. The trees start to grow their leaves again and the grass starts turning greener, and you get to experience that all while in the comfort of your own vehicle, or a bike, if you’re feeling adventurous. Spearfish Canyon is located 45 minutes outside of Rapid City, letting you take in even more of the beautiful Black Hills on your way to this captivating final destination. Nature-loving viewers tend to drive slower through the road and take breaks to capture the perfect picture. There’s no better way to celebrate the coming of spring than appreciating the nature around you!

Spring begins on March 20th, and spending it exploring the beautiful Black Hills with your loved ones is an experience that you will never forget. No matter how you choose to commemorate spring’s arrival, Quality Inn Rapid City will welcome you with open arms all season long!

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