Discover the spirit of the American West. Travel to the legendary Black Hills and see the American prairie as it was 300 years ago. Explore the legends of the city of Deadwood, home to Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane. Travel the backcountry of Custer State Park and along the impressive Needles Highway lined with famous granite spires. Visit magnificent Mt. Rushmore. See Crazy Horse Memorial, the world's largest mountain sculpture still in progress. Journey through the natural beauty of Badlands National Park by coach or take a guided hike on one of its trails. Discover the fascinating history and stories of the Lakota and Sioux through a Native American chronicler.
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- Offer valid through 6/30/2018
- 7 Days
|Day 1||Rapid City||Rapid City, South Dakota - Tour Begins: Welcome to the West. Your tour opens in Rapid City, long known as the gateway to the Black Hills. Tonight, you and your fellow travelers gather for a welcome dinner featuring a Native American chronicler who shares stories about the Lakota and Sioux way of life.|
|Day 2||Rapid City||Rapid City - Mount Rushmore - Crazy Horse - Rapid City: Follow in the footsteps of some enterprising westerners during a visit to the Chapel in the Hills and the log cabin of a gold prospector. Next, we head for mighty Mount Rushmore. Spend some time with the epic figures of Washington, Jefferson, Roosevelt and Lincoln. Stroll along the Presidential Trail which offers the closest access to the iconic sculpture. Then, visit Crazy Horse Memorial and learn the story behind the world's largest mountain sculpture still in progress. The memorial includes the Indian Museum of North America, the Native American Cultural Center, the sculptor's studio, and an orientation center and theaters. Many Native American artists and craftspeople work at the memorial and welcome the chance to share how their culture influences their art. Later, we'll visit downtown Rapid City (America's most patriotic city) to enjoy this great little western town. We'll be sure to make a stop at the Prairie Edge, a favorite local shop filled with authentic Lakota items. This evening, return to Mount Rushmore to see the spectacular nighttime lighting ceremony.*|
|Day 3||Rapid City||Rapid City - Badlands - Wall - Rapid City: Today is all about wide-open spaces. Explore the larger-than-life Badlands National Park. Upon arrival to the visitor center, the stage is set for your adventure, with informative exhibits, displays and video to introduce you to this area. You'll explore the Badlands Loop Road, a marvel of vibrant colors and rock formations created by mineral deposits. Afterwards, we all enjoy a stop at timeless Wall Drug, a store that remains much as it was in 1936. Take some time for lunch, sit at the soda fountain and do a little browsing.|
|Day 4||Rapid City||Devils Tower National Monument, Wyoming - Rapid City, South Dakota: This morning, get your bearings as we head to the Geographic Center of the Nation in Belle Fourche, South Dakota. Then, cross state lines into the Northeast corner of Wyoming to view the country's first national monument, Devils Tower. While it was made famous as the backdrop in Close Encounters of the Third Kind, the tower is sacred to many Northern Plains tribes. You'll have time to explore the trails that surround the one mile circumference of this jaw-dropping geologic formation.|
|Day 5||Rapid City||Rapid City - Custer - Rapid City: Learn more about Black Hills gold on a tour through Riddle's Black Hills Gold and Diamond Factory. Watch skilled artisans handcraft South Dakota's official state jewelry, and enjoy time to shop for some unique items to remember your trip by. The Needles Highway is calling your name. Travel through 14 miles of magnificent rock formations, curving tunnels and steep spires. Later, we continue our road trip through Custer State Park where you just might spot a buffalo, a band of bighorn sheep or a herd of majestic elk.|
|Day 6||Rapid City||Rapid City - Deadwood - Rapid City: Are you ready for Deadwood? This morning, we explore one of the Old West's most iconic settlements. This National Historic Landmark comes alive - it is as if you've stepped onto the set of an old-fashioned western. Perhaps you'll fulfill your childhood cowboy dreams. Faithful recreations of turn-of-the-century streetlamps line Main Street as you make your way through accurately restored architecture. A local guide introduces you to the history of the city on a tour that includes a visit to Mount Moriah Cemetery, the final resting place of Wild Bill Hickok. We will also make a stop at Kevin Costner's Tatanka: Story of the Bison. This interpretive center features large, awe-inspiring sculptures depicting the relationship of bison and the Lakota. This evening, it's our final roundup. Join your fellow travelers at a memorable dinner and western show at the High Plains Heritage Center.|
|Day 7||Rapid City||Rapid City - Tour Ends: Your tour comes to a close today.|
- Hilton Garden Inn Rapid City Rapid City, United States
- * NOTE:Tour prices are land only rates based on per person, double occupancy. Some dates may feature various changes in hotels, sightseeing and inclusions. Please confirm your specific itinerary at the time of booking. Government taxes and fees are additional. Land rates are guaranteed at time of deposit. Certain taxes and fees are to be paid upon exiting the country in local currencies.
Airfare is additional and is available through Collette Vacations.