In the heart of Kalkaska County, Michigan, between the shores of Torch Lake and Lake Skegemog, Rapid City lures thousands of outdoor vacationers and nature lovers every year. The Rapid City area offers the very best of everything in a wilderness vacation, and it lies within easy reach of major metropolitan areas and the scenic shores of Traverse Bay and Lake Michigan. Come here for a unique family vacation, romantic outdoor escape, or long weekend getaway with friends. Rapid City camping areas and hiking trails are unforgettable and offer the chance for close encounters with northern wildlife. Fishing opportunities here are also ideal, both for summer fly fishing on the rivers and waterways and winter ice fishing on the frozen lakes. During the day, explore the trails and cast your line from a boat or riverbank. At night, come home to your vacation rental and grill the day's catch on your private deck.
The best way to enjoy all that Rapid City has to offer is with a stay in your own lakeside cabin or private condo. Many condo and summer home rentals are less expensive than hotels and can be found closer to your favorite outdoor activities and offer enough space to store your camping and fishing gear.
Here are a few additional suggestions for your Rapid City vacation:
-Visit the Museum of Geology: Rapid City is home to this popular museum that offers interesting interactive exhibits showcasing the natural geological history of the area.
-Experience Rapid City waterparks: Several great waterparks in the Rapid City area offer exciting rides and slides and is a great place for children to cool off on a hot afternoon.
-Experience Rapid City camping and hiking: The Traverse City State Forest Area lies just to the south of Rapid City and offers miles of scenic trails for hiking and biking, as well as camping areas perfect for a night under the stars.
-Go fishing: Take a guided charter fishing trip into the deep water of Traverse Bay, or rent a boat and head on your own to fish for pike, trout, and largemouth bass on Torch Lake.
-Go skiing and snowshoeing: In the winter, strap on snowshoes or cross country skis and explore the pristine back country trails.
-Go bird watching and wildlife spotting: The shores of Torch and Skegomog are excellent places to catch a glimpse of elusive birds and wildlife like moose, black bears, foxes, and otters.
When you're finally ready to head indoors after your wilderness adventures, you'll find plenty of luxury spas and world-class restaurants in downtown Rapid City. Condo and summer home rentals are available all year long and can offer everything you need to make great vacation memories. While you're here, be sure to visit nearby Harbor Springs and Elk Rapids.
As featured in USA TODAY and recommended by Travel + Leisure in its annual Villa Guide:
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