Depart for The Badlands on this 7-day adventure of the Wild West.
1 Depart for the Badlands
Depart on your northwesterly journey to view South Dakota’s most spectacular highlights today. Tonight, your Tour Manager hosts a get-acquainted dinner. Meal: D
2 Arrive in South Dakota
Continue west and arrive in “The Mount Rushmore State,” South Dakota and check into your hotel in Rapid City. Tonight, you visit the Journey Museum where you will learn about Indian culture and heritage through traditional dance, music and story-telling. Later, a specially catered dinner is included at the museum. Meals: B, D
3 Mt. Rushmore & Deadwood
In the morning board the 1880 Train
of the Black Hills Central Railroad for spectacular mountain scenery along the tracks laid in the 1880s to service the area mines. Then, visit the famed Shrine of Democracy, Mt. Rushmore before traveling north to Deadwood.
Here, visit Mount Moriah Cemetery, known as “Boot Hill,” home to the graves of Old West legends like Calamity Jane and Wild Bill Hickok. There will be time on your own to explore the local attractions, shop or try your luck at one of the casinos. Dinner tonight is included at the Silverado in Deadwood. Meals: B, D
4 Mammoth Site & Custer State Park
At the Mammoth Site of Hot Springs see the excavation site which features fossils of 58 woolly mammoths, the world’s largest site of its kind. After lunch at the State Game Lodge, you take to the park’s fields on an open-air jeep ride to look for buffalo and other wildlife in Custer State Park.
Keep your cameras ready when you visit Crazy Horse Memorial, the enormous mountain-carving-in-progress dedicated to Native Americans. Ride the bus to the base of the mountain before returning home. Meals: B, L
5 Badlands National Park & Ft. Hays Chuckwagon Supper Show
Begin the day with a visit and guided tour of the Black Hills Gold Factory. Then, stop at Wall Drug Store, a unique shopping emporium featuring western clothing, Indian pottery and favorite watering hole since the 1930s. Then, a local guide conducts a tour through Badlands National Park, a uniquely beautiful geologic area formed over millions of years by wind, rain and erosion. Tonight, you are treated to a chuckwagon supper and cowboy musical show at the Ft. Hays Chuckwagon Supper Show. Meals: B, D
6 The Corn Palace
Depart Rapid City this morning to begin the journey home. You will make a stop at The Corn Palace, an immense structure of Moorish architecture. In Sioux City, Iowa a farewell dinner hosted by your Tour Manager awaits. Meals: B, D
7 Travel Home
Your adventure comes to a close as
you arrive home filled with fabulous memories of your trip to
Mt. Rushmore, Deadwood and The Badlands. Meal: B