Family-run South Dakota accommodation offering easy access to Mount Rushmore
Located just off Interstate 90 at exit 59, the Grand Gateway Hotel Rapid City offers family-run accommodation suitably positioned for those visiting the South Dakota city and its surrounding attractions.
With quick access to Downtown Rapid City, SD and the Black Hills National Park, the establishment provides a suitable accommodation option for both business and leisure travelers.
The 3-star establishment includes 132 rooms, all of which feature a private en-suite bathroom. Shower and bathtub combinations are standard, with showers being fitted with a massaging head.
Bedrooms are equipped with cable television (including HBO), alarm clock radio, ironing amenities, hairdryer, and coffee maker. Beds include allergy free pillows, whilst blackout drapes are included as standard. Windows open in all rooms, allowing for the fresh South Dakota air to circulate throughout. Each room also includes a safe for added peace of mind. Families can book connecting rooms, whilst cribs are also available.
Hotel guests can visit the Perkins Family Restaurant & Bakery where they will find a menu of home-cooked dishes that cover breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The buttermilk pancakes are particularly popular with guests.
The Cheers Sports Lounge and Casino provides a destination for those wishing to catch the big game or enjoy a drink and flutter.
The Grand Gateway Hotel Rapid City also offers a fitness room and indoor swimming pool, the latter of which includes a 130 foot waterslide. A variety of games, including pool and arcade games, provide younger visitors, or the young at heart, with a spot of entertainment.
A number of function rooms, including a grand ballroom, are available for those looking to host an event, be it wedding or business conference.
The Grand Gateway Hotel offers guests easy access to Downtown Rapid City and the attractions to be found within its city streets. The Rushmore Mall is just a minute away from the hotel itself. The majority of tourists visiting the region however head to the Black Hills National Park and Mount Rushmore in particular.
Since its construction between 1927 and 1941, the Mount Rushmore sculpture, which depicts the heads of former U.S. presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln, has proven a popular tourist attraction and is believed to annually draw some two million spectators.
The structure has been shrouded in controversy as a result of the land it stands on being seized from Native American tribe, the Lakota. As such, a memorial to Crazy Horse has been under construction since 1948 approximately 17 miles from Rushmore. This too makes for a popular tourist site.
Over the years other tourists attractions have appeared in Rapid City designed to draw in those visiting the Rushmore monument. Included amongst these are the Reptile Park and the Dinosaur Park. The latter of these is now recognized by the National Register of Historic Places.
Guests at the Grand Gateway Hotel Rapid City will also find a number of museums and attractions focusing on the rich South Dakota history, including the Gold Rush, Native American and cowboy heritage.