Rapid City is in the southwest corner of South Dakota. I think it was one of my favourite places, geographically speaking, on our entire drive.The forests were more parklike - the trees were spaced farther apart and you could see deeper into the bush. There were lovely forest meadows and creeks and rivers and few cars. Turns out a lot of kids had already started back to school and so there were fewer vacationing families on the road than we had expected.
We headed southwest about 45 minutes to Mt. Rushmore. We only had time for a quick drive-by then north and east to our next stop of Sherburn, Minnesota.