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South Dakota’s American Treasures


Custer State Park, Crazy Horse Monument, Mt. Rushmore


  • Roundtrip air - Sacramento/Denver & Rapid City/Denver/Sacramento
  • Door-to-door service
  • The Mammoth Site - Hot Springs, SD
  • Overnight in Lusk, WY; 4 nights at Deadwood Lodge in the Black Hills
  • Boot Hill/Deadwood Tour
  • Custer State Park - Buffalo experience by Jeep
  • The Brothel Museum
  • Unique Crazy Horse Monument experience - ride by jeep to the top of the mountain, a VERY exclusive adventure
  • Mount Rushmore National Memorial at night
  • Devil's Tower Nat'l Monument
  • Tatanka, The Story of The Bison
  • 13 meals - 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 2 dinners



Daily Itinerary

Day 1

Take the 8:45am-ish flight to Denver.  Then board your motorcoach, embarking on a scenic adventure to The Black Hills. Pause for lunch, then resume your journey north, with a rest stop in Cheyenne, Wyoming's Capitol (photo stop). Arrive in Lusk about 6:30pm. A light dinner is included just after arrival. Best Western Pioneer (L, D)

Day 2

Continue north, with a mid-morning stop at Mammoth Site. This active dig site is dedicated to the preservation of Ice Age fossils. Your final destination for the day is Deadwood, the ultimate old west town. You'll stay 5 nights at the Lodge at Deadwood, an upscale hotel located in the heart of Black Hills. Before check-in, enjoy a narrated tour of (in)famous Boot Hill, where a number of shady (and not so shady) characters found their final resting place. (ECB, L)

Day 3

You have a breakfast voucher, allowing you to choose from the menu each morning. Today's feature adventure is a visit to Custer State Park. Names after Lt. Colonel George Armstrong Custer, it's the home to hundreds of buffalo. You'll get to see them "up close and personal" as you travel through the park on a narrated jeep tour. Tasting of local wines and a visit to The Brothel Museum round out the afternoon. Deadwood's houses of prostitution operated (illegally) until 1980, when federal agents closed them for good. (FB, L)

Day 4

Two signature attractions fill the day. First, you are headed for the Crazy Horse Memorial. Your visit there includes an opportunity only offered to a select few, the opportunity to ride to the top of the mountain! Indeed, this exclusive addition is only for Sports Leisure Travelers. Dinner at Crazy Horse is included, then you'll stop at the Mount Rushmore National Memorial to see the carvings lit up at night! (FB, D)

Day 5

Off to Devil's Tower Nat'l Monument in eastern Wyoming. The Tower is a geologic feature that protrudes out of the prairie surrounding the Black Hills. This is a sacred place to Native Americans, and you'll learn why it's called "Devil's Tower." Visit a museum in Sundance to learn some local color. Sundance? Home of the famous Sundance Kid? Hear the story of Harry Longabaugh (The Sundance Kid) and how he met Butch Cassidy. Speaking of local color, how about some huckleberry ice cream before heading back to Deadwood! (FB, L)

Day 6

In Lead, SD (pronounced leed), you'll find the Sanford Underground Research Facility. Boring name, but a fascinating place. From 1876 to 2001, Homestake Gold Mine mined more than 40 million ounces of gold before closing in 2002. From the creations of the deepest gold mine in the Northern Hemisphere, to Nobel Prize-winning science, to secrets of the universe still being uncovered at the Sanford Underground Facility. This might be the place you most remember from your journey.

At Tananka, you'll learn the Story of the Bison. Kevin Costner, inspired by his time with the Lakota people while filming Dancing with Wolves, invites you to experience the history of the plains before white settlers arrived. Wrap up your adventure with a dinner and country music show in a fun, local venue. (FB, D)

Day 7

Your return flight to Denver/Sacramento departs at 4:45pm this afternoon. Before heading home, let's learn a little about the largest community in the region, Rapid City. A guided tour includes lunch before making our way to the airport at 2:30 or so. Founded by a group of gold miners in 1876, Rapid City, nicknamed "The City of Presidents," has grown to be the second largest town in the state. (FB, L)

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


Saturday, September 2, 2023 to Friday, September 8, 2023

7 Days, 13 Meals

 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 2 dinners


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