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National Treasures of the West

Overview

Featuring the Black Hills, Crazy Horse Memorial, Deadwood and Mount Rushmore

Details

  • 5 days sightseeing in the Black Hills including Badlands National Park, Mammoth Dig Site, and both day and night visits to Mt. Rushmore
  • Hillside viewing area for Custer State Park’s Annual Buffalo Roundup
  • Stand on top of the arm of the Crazy Horse Memorial

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Daily Itinerary

Day 1

After a midday arrival in Rapid City and a quick lunch, we are off to our destination hotel located in beautiful Spearfish Canyon. Our creek-side location provides dramatic views of steep canyon walls and aspen trees. Spearfish Canyon Resort – 2 nights (L)

Day 2

Travel back to the wild days of the Black Hills with a visit to Deadwood. At Tatanka: Story of the Bison, learn from your Sioux guide about the historic importance of buffalo and view a spectacular sculpture commissioned by actor Kevin Costner. In Deadwood there is time for lunch and browsing the shops, and maybe even libations at the historic main street saloons! (FB,D)

Mount RushmoreDay 3

Dedicated to Native Americans, the Crazy Horse Memorial includes an arts and crafts center in addition to the museum and memorial. Here you have the unique opportunity to stand on a monumental carving project that is still a work in progress! Next enjoy a daytime visit to Mount Rushmore and walk along the base of the mountain. This evening return to Mount Rushmore for the very poignant lighting of the mountain. Palmer Gulch Lodge (FB)

UsaDay 4

Travel south to Hot Springs where, more than 26,000 years ago, Woolly Mammoths were stuck in situ in a sinkhole. A visitors center enables you to view firsthand this working paleontological site. Over the years, this has been one of the Black Hills’ best kept secrets and is often a surprise to Sports Leisure travelers. This afternoon, board a jeep for a ride through the rolling hills of Custer State Park. Who knows what wildlife we’ll see? After all, this is the land where buffalos roam, and deer and antelope play! Alex Johnson Hotel – 3 nights (B,L)

Badlands National ParkDay 5

Drive through Badlands National Park, or Mako Sico as the Native Americans called this spectacular land of awesome wonder and nature in action; a land of soft clays and sandstones carved by wind and water. You are on your own for lunch in Wall, home of Wall Drug Store, famous for offering a free cup of ice water to weary travelers. Today, “Wall Drug” is a multi-complex of restaurants, museums, and shops. (FB)

NeedlesDay 6

Everyone is up bright and early this morning for a trip to Custer State Park for its Annual Buffalo Roundup. Located out on the prairie, we will watch the sun come up over the hills as we anticipate the herd passing by. The park’s personnel, along with additional cowhands, will drive nearly 1,300 buffalo into the nearby corrals. This afternoon, enjoy the quaint main street of Rapid City, lined with statues of our nation’s presidents, or return to your room for a late afternoon rest. (B)

Day 7

Depart Rapid City in late morning with an early evening arrival home. (FB)

Daily Itinerary Meal Legend
CBContinental Breakfast
BGenerally a limited buffet or menu
FBFull buffet or choice of menu
BRBrunch, often buffet-style
LLunch, often several menu options
HT or ATHigh or Afternoon Tea
DDinner, often several menu options

Departures

Sunday, September 23, 2018 to Saturday, September 29, 2018

Sunday, September 23, 2018 to Saturday, September 29, 2018
Begins in 62 days.
7 Days, 9 Meals

2 breakfasts, 4 full breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner

$ 3345
p.p./dbl.occ.
$ 3770
single

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