Check out these tips from Rapid City businesses on how to get vacay-ready on “National Plan for Vacation Day”
RAPID CITY, S.D.– With the cold weather back in Rapid City and the Black Hills region, spring and summer may feel far away. However, it is never too early to plan for your next vacation. And while you are planning, why not consider a “staycation” in the Rushmore State? Visit Rapid City’s Director of Marketing, Dani Benne gives some advice on trip-planning for your next big adventure.
What are some of the biggest travel trends you have seen for this year so far?
According to Benne, wellness travel, “cowboy-cations,” and responsible travel are some of the more popular trends. All three of these trends align with places and features found within South Dakota. Benne says that more people are looking for ways to explore new creative experiences and learn more about western culture, along with being mindful of their impact on the places they visit. “That goes beyond keeping the trails clean, leaving no trace, but also spending money where it impacts local lives,” Benne explained. “I think there’s an increased awareness over the years that we really have to take care of the place that we are and to leave that impact and that experience the same for future generations.
I live in South Dakota and am planning my vacation to the Black Hills. What should I do to prepare for my stay?
According to Benne, being gracious with your itinerary can open up space for many different experiences. “One of the top things that we hear from visitors is that they did not know how much there is to do or how long they should plan for until they get here. Our destination is packed full of many different experiences. And so when you’re looking at your itinerary, plan to get here and then either add days or rearrange, because you’ll spend more time here than you actually think you would.” On average, she recommends planning to spend at least five days in the area to really enjoy a vacation.
I am flying in to Rapid City from elsewhere. How should I prepare for my flight?
According to Rapid City Regional Airport Executive Director Patrick Dame, booking your tickets early is a great thing to do.” As summer approaches and we see an uptick in visitors to the Black Hills, the airport expects seasonal routes to return, including Salt Lake City, Charlotte, and more,” he explains. The airport is also preparing for the addition of their newest flight carrier, Sun Country Airlines, in June.