Tue, Aug 14: Depart Indianapolis for Bismarck, North Dakota. You’ll be introduced to all things North Dakota at the North Dakota Heritage Center and State Museum. Also visit Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park and the Mandan Indian Burial Grounds. The fort was the spot from which Gen. George Custer set out with his army for Little Big Horn. After checking in to the hotel, celebrate your first night with an evening dinner cruise along the Missouri River and hear about Lewis and Clark’s expedition through North Dakota. See the bald eagles and view Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park from the river’s vantage point. Overnight in Bismarck. (Meal: Dinner)
Wed, Aug 15: Depart the hotel after breakfast for Minot, where you will be introduced to the Scandinavian heritage of North Dakota at the Scandinavian Heritage Park, which honors the cultures of the five Scandinavian countries: Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark and Iceland with stunning architecture and displays. On the grounds you can visit the iconic Gol Stave Church, which is a full replica of the church now in Oslo, Norway. After lunch, tour the Dakota Territory Air Museum. End the day by enjoying dinner at The Williston. (B,L,D)
Thu, Aug 16: From the hotel in Williston, drive to the Fort Union Trading Post, which was the most important fur trade post in the area during the 1800’s. Visit Fort Buford and discover the important history of the Yellowstone and Missouri rivers. End the day at your leisure in the town of Medora, full of western charm and history, and situated on the edge of the North Dakota Badlands. (B,L)
Fri, Aug 17: Spend the day being guided through Theodore Roosevelt National Park by a true cowboy! See why the park was ranked fifth on the New York Times’s top places to visit in the world for 2016. Spectacular views of the park are set before you as you listen to the history of the area along with the cowboy traditions that are still prevalent today. This evening you will be treated to a Pitchfork Steak Fondue dinner overlooking the badlands before attending the famed Medora Musical at the Burning Hills Amphitheatre. This rollicking musical depicts the story of the state in dance and song, with special emphasis on Theodore Roosevelt's connection to the area and American patriotism. (B,D)
Sat, Aug 18: Enjoy your morning in Medora and poke around in local shops and restaurants, or take a walk over to the North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame, which showcases the history and lifestyle of Western ranching, rodeo and area Native Americans. Depart in the afternoon for Bismarck to fly home. (B)
Radisson Hotel, Bismarck, North Dakota
Located in downtown Bismarck within walking distance to the shopping and restaurant district. Highlights: Spacious and updated modern rooms • complimentary high-speed wireless Internet access • indoor heated swimming pools • restaurant •bar/lounge• sauna • fitness.
Four Points by Sheraton, Williston, North Dakota
Located in Williston, the hotel offers attractive, modern guest rooms. Highlights: rooms include a refrigerator and microwave • complimentary high-speed wireless Internet access • indoor heated swimming pools •bar/restaurant• whirlpool • fitness.
Rough Riders Hotel, Medora, North Dakota
Located in downtown Medora, the hotel combines luxury with western charm. Close to shopping and dining in town. Highlights: charming rooms that embrace the history of the region • complimentary high-speed wireless Internet access • restaurant • fitness.