The Wild West lives on throughout this eight-day spectacular Yellowstone & Mt. Rushmore vacation to Utah, Wyoming, Montana, and South Dakota. Enjoy scenic drives through the Rocky Mountains and the fertile plains of Big Sky Country. South Dakota’s Black Hills provide the backdrop for Mount Rushmore, the world’s greatest mountain carving featuring the faces of four exalted American presidents, which you will see both in daylight and at night – awesome!
At the Crazy Horse Memorial, you’ll view the world’s largest sculpture in progress and visit with Indian artisans as they showcase their arts and crafts. Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument brings to life the event, where, in 1876, the combined Sioux and Northern Cheyenne forces, led by Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse, overwhelmed Custer and his cavalry in the battle we know as “Custer’s Last Stand.” Witness nature as it rebuilds itself amidst the varied scenic wonders of Yellowstone and travel over the Continental Divide, stopping at famous Old Faithful Lodge, and thrill to the sight of the legendary geyser. This Yellowstone & Mt. Rushmore Vacation will truly be one to remember.
|PRICING DETAILS (Cost Per Person)*||PRICING|
|Deposit||$350 per person|
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|Vacation Pace||Moderately Active Pace|
|Save $75||Book by June 1st|
*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: Fly to Rapid City
Today, fly to Rapid City, South Dakota, meet your Tour Manager, and check into your hotel for a two night stay. This evening enjoy a delicious supper with western entertainment at your Welcome Dinner & Cowboy Cookout. Hilton Garden Inn or Grand Gateway (D)
Day 2: Mt. Rushmore / Crazy Horse
Visit Mt. Rushmore, featuring awesome sculptures of Washington, Jefferson, Roosevelt and Lincoln. Each face is 60′ high and carved with intricate perfection. Continue to Crazy Horse Memorial, still in progress, dedicated to the spirit of Chief Crazy Horse and the Lakota people. After dinner, experience Mt. Rushmore at Night. See this American treasure illuminated in a whole new light. Hilton Garden Inn or Grand Gateway (B,D)
Day 3: Deadwood / Devil’s Tower
Travel to Deadwood, made famous by Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane, buried in Boot Hill. Stop to visit the “flying saucer” haunted Devil’s Tower National Monument, a gigantic volcanic neck rising from the prairie and an area sacred to the Kiowa, Sioux, and Blackfeet Tribes. Later, arrive in the cattletown of Sheridan at the foot of the Bighorn Mountains and check into your hotel. Holiday Inn, Sheridan,
Day 4: Cody / To Yellowstone
Travel to Cody, named after Buffalo Bill Cody. Visit the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, an interesting museum of Native American culture, natural history and western art. Later, enter Yellowstone National Park, the world’s first national park established in 1872. Enjoy a two night stay in the West Yellowstone Park area. Holiday Inn or Grey Wolf Inn, West Yellowstone, MT (B,D)
Day 5: Yellowstone National Park
Enjoy the day exploring Yellowstone National Park (average altitude 8,000′). With over 10,000 hot springs, thundering waterfalls, geysers, and endless forests, Yellowstone inspires awe. Park highlights include Old Faithful Geyser, Yellowstone Lake, and Yellowstone Canyon. It is also home to an astounding array of elk, bear, and buffalo. Holiday Inn or Grey Wolf Inn, West Yellowstone, MT (B)
Day 6: Grand Tetons / Jackson
Coach south through Grand Tetons National Park, featuring spectacular scenery. Later, arrive in the quiet cowboy town of Jackson for your overnight stay. The city has developed into a place where the Old West and New are splendidly combined. Be sure to visit the colorful Million Dollar Cowboy Bar with its saddle-shaped barstools. Hampton Inn, Jackson Hole, WY (B)
Day 7: To Salt Lake City
Travel south into Utah. Enroute wind along the shores of beautiful Bear Lake before climbing the Wasatch Mountains. In Salt Lake City, “The City of Saints” founded by Brigham Young in 1847, enjoy a city tour featuring Temple Square with its lovely landscaping and famous Tabernacle, the State Capitol, and the University of Utah–site of the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2002 Winter Olympics. This evening enjoy a Farewell Dinner with your fellow travelers. Sheraton or Hilton, Salt Lake City, UT (B,D)
Day 8: Return Home
Fly home from Salt Lake City today.
Note: This tour involves high altitude. Please check with your doctor, if you have any health conditions affected by high altitude.
Lodging Note: Lodging available in our National Parks, small towns or remote areas may not be of the same quality as larger cities.