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Interlude heads west for an exciting adventure highlighted by a visit to Mount Rushmore – absolutely breathtaking at night! As you tour South Dakota, you will be amazed by the topography and the history of this region of the U.S. How about the sight of 1500 free-roaming buffalo, as you thrill to the exciting, and far from the ordinary, Buffalo Jeep Safari?
Travel through the Badlands National Park and enjoy the variation of color in the ridges, cliffs and canyons. And…you can’t go west without experiencing a fun-filled Chuckwagon Supper and Cowboy Show.
Experience the joy of an 1880’s narrow gauge train ride used during the Black Hills Goldrush as it places you deep into history and extraordinary scenery. Historic Deadwood looms as you venture into a rough and tumble gold camp and down the incredibly preserved landmark of Main Street. So much more is included in the Wild West Interlude, so please read the complete itinerary and polish up those cowboy boots!
|PRICING DETAILS (Cost Per Person)*||PRICING|
|Deposit||$350 per person|
|Travel Insurance||Call for quote|
|Vacation Pace||Moderately Active Pace|
|SAVE $100||Book by Feb 1st (June), March 1st (July), May 1st (Sept)|
*Air departure from Indianapolis included; airfare pricing estimated and subject to change. Call for pricing from other departure cities.
Payment schedule: 2nd deposit of $500 due 121 days prior to departure; final payment 76 days prior to departure.
Day 1: Arrive Rapid City
Today arrive in Rapid City. Check in to your hotel for all six nights. Enjoy a Welcome Dinner with your traveling companions. Holiday Inn Rushmore Plaza (D)
Day 2: Mount Rushmore / Crazy Horse Memorial
This morning visit Mt. Rushmore featuring the awesome sculptures of Washington, Jefferson, Roosevelt and Lincoln. Each face is 60 feet high and is carved into the rugged granite mountainside with intricate perfection. Continue onto the Crazy Horse Memorial, still in progress. View the giant mountainside sculpture of the famous Indian Chief astride his pony. This afternoon visit Custer State Park famous as a wildlife preserve featuring a herd of 1,500 free roaming buffalo. Experience a thrilling Buffalo Jeep Safari in search of some of the herd. Enjoy dinner at the famous State Game Lodge, built 1920 and listed on the national register of historic places with past guests including Presidents Coolidge & Eisenhower. (B,D)
Day 3: Devil’s Tower – Deadwood
Today journey west into Wyoming to visit Devil’s Tower National Monument to view the 867 foot monolith. Return east into South Dakota to visit historic Deadwood, the 1876 rough and tumble gold camp & gambling town where Wild West legends were made like Wild Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane and Seth Bullock. The entire city is a national historic landmark and features an incredibly preserved Main Street. Later drive through beautiful Spearfish Canyon, a scenic drive in the Black Hills. (B)
Day 4: Mammoth Site
This morning visit one of Rapid City’s finest attractions, the city-owned $12 million The Journey Museum which traces the geology of the Black Hills and tells the story of the people who inhabited these lands. The Journey features four museums including the Sioux Indian Museum. This afternoon travel to The Mammoth Site in Hot Springs, the greatest concentration of mammoth remains in the world. As of 2016, the remains of 61 mammoths, including 58 North American Columbian and 3 woolly mammoths had been recovered. Mammoth bones were found at the site in 1974, and a museum and building enclosing the site were established. The museum now contains an extensive collection of mammoth remains. Return to your hotel and enjoy the remainder of the day at your own pace. (B)
Day 5: Badlands National Park / Fort Hays
Today visit and drive through Badlands National Park, located between the White and Cheyenne Rivers. The area contains spectacular examples of weathering, erosion, fantastic ridges, cliffs and canyons of variegated color. Later explore the unusual and well-known Wall Drug Store, famous for its “Free Ice Water”. This afternoon visit the Fort Hays Dances with Wolves Movie Set to see some of the original buildings used in the Oscar winning film. Tonight enjoy a fun filled Chuckwagon Supper & Cowboy Show. (B,D)
Day 6 – 1880 Train / Mt. Rushmore at Night
This morning enjoy a short drive to Hill City to explore Main Street and board the 1880 Train for a rail journey through history & scenery. The 1880 Train is an authentic narrow gauge railroad dating back to the Black Hills Gold Rush. Then visit one of Rapid City’s newest attractions, the city-owned $12 million The Journey Museum which traces the geology of the Black Hills and tells the story of the people who inhabited these lands. The Journey features four museums including the Sioux Indian Museum. Then stop at a Black Hills Gold Factory. Tonight’s special Farewell Dinner is at the K-Bar S Ranch nestled in the beautiful Black Hills just outside Keystone. Following dinner experience Mt. Rushmore at Night to see this American treasure illuminated in a whole new light. (B,D)
Day 7: Rapid City – Flight Home
Today depart from Rapid City filled with wonderful memories of your Black Hills, Badlands & Legends of the West Tour. (B)
Note: This tour involves high altitude. Please check with your doctor if you have any health conditions affected by high altitude.