Including 2 NATIONAL PARKS: WIND CAVE & BADLANDS and a NATIONAL MEMORIAL: MT. RUSHMORE, plus CRAZY HORSE MEMORIAL and Custer State Park, Deadwood, 1880 Steam Train, Bear Country USA, Mammoth Site & Reptile Garden
Day 1 - Arrival in Rapid City, South Dakota, gateway to the Black Hills. Accessible transfer to hotel. Get acquainted dinner. Stay 7 nights.
Day 2 - To Mount Rushmore, which stands as a powerful symbol of America's heritage. Later, it's on to Crazy Horse Memorial, where a massive sculpture of the great Sioux Indian Chief is being carved astride his horse which, when completed, will be the largest statue in the world!
Day 3 - We're off to Badlands National Park, a region of savage erosion, where 35 million years of wind and water have created strange and beautiful spires, buttes and canyons. This is part of the country where "Dances With Wolves" was filmed.
Day 4 - Explore Custer State Park, in spectacular terrain populated by an abundance of wildlife, including one of the largest buffalo herds in the world. Visit Reptile Garden, AAA "GEM" rated and listed as a top 10 roadside attraction in the nation by USA Today. It has the world's largest reptile collection, along with tropical orchids in an indoor jungle, giant tortoises and birds of prey, and great shows.
Visit Reptile Garden, AAA “GEM” rated and listed as a top 10 roadside attraction in the nation by USA Today. It has the world's largest reptile collection, along with Tropical Orchids in an indoor jungle, giant tortoises and birds of prey and great shows.
Day 5 - Wind Cave National Park, near Hot Springs, SD, is one of the longest caves in the world and the first to be designated a national park. We can actually enter the first chamber via an elevator. Then it's off to the Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, the largest concentration of Columbian and woolly mammoth fossils discovered in their primary context (where they died) in the world! We take a guided tour around the actual bone bed.
Day 6 - You may have heard of Sturgis, where about 450,000 motorcycles gather each year? We'll show you where it happens, on our way to Deadwood.
The entire city of Deadwood is a national historic landmark, filled with reminders of its lively past as an 1880s gold-rush boom town.
Day 7 - You'll enjoy Bear Country U.S.A., a drive-through wildlife park, featuring a variety of North American wildlife, including elk, wolves, Rocky Mountain goats, bighorn sheep, buffalo and, of course, bears, all in naturalized surroundings. Later, a great narrated experience riding on 1880 Train, one of America’s last steam trains, from Hill City to Keystone. Farewell dinner.
Day 8 - Depart from the West with unforgettable memories!
Specially included: Arrival dinner; All admissions; Farewell dinner.*
Cost: $2,445 per person, double occupancy; $495 single supplement.
Note: The order of activities in our itinerary may change due to conditions at the time, such as weather.