Mount Rushmore & Deadwood

Wild West of South Dakota’s Black Hills

  • Date

    September 11-15, 2019 | Wed / Sun – 5 Days

  • Location

    Badlands National Park | Keystone | Custer State Park | Mount Rushmore | Crazy Horse Memorial | Devils Tower National Monument | Deadwood | Lead

Overview

The Black Hills are home to many genuinely monumental places. From the four faces carved high on Mount Rushmore and the cathedral spires of Custer State Park to the otherworldly Badlands National Park in the east to the nation’s first national monument, Devils Tower, in the west, you’ll find rich western history and abundant natural beauty.

The frontier town of Deadwood has a riotous legacy. It once drew legends and legions in search of their fortune and was the stomping grounds of several infamous outlaws and lawmen, including “Wild Bill” Hickok (who was killed in a tavern brawl in Deadwood), Calamity Jane and Wyatt Earp. Today, the entire town is a Registered National Historic Landmark.

HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE

  • Day visit and evening illumination program at Mount Rushmore National Memorial
  • Crazy Horse Memorial
  • Badlands National Park
  • Wildlife Jeep tour in Custer State Park
  • 1880 Train excursion
  • Tour of the historic town of Deadwood
  • Devils Tower National Monument
  • Tatanka: Story of the Bison
  • Lead city tour and Sanford Lab Homestake

PACKAGE INCLUDES

  • Roundtrip commercial air from Indianapolis to Rapid City, South Dakota
  • Escorted
  • 4 nights accommodations
  • Breakfast daily
  • 2 lunches, 2 dinners
  • Sightseeing and admissions per itinerary
  • Ground transportation
  • Hotel baggage handling

NOTE:

This itinerary covers areas of higher altitudes and includes activities where moderate walking, possibly on uneven terrain, is required.

Itinerary

Wed, Sep 11: Arrive in Rapid City, South Dakota. Travel to Badlands National Park to see the chiseled spires, deep canyons and jagged buttes that millions of years of wind, water and erosion have created. Transfer to Keystone and check in to the K Bar S Lodge for the next two nights. Enjoy dinner at the hotel. (Meal: Dinner)

Thu, Sep 12: Take an off-road wildlife Jeep tour through Custer State Park followed by lunch on the grounds of the State Game Lodge, which once served as the “Summer White House” for President Calvin Coolidge and is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The park is the second largest state park in America and encompasses 71,000 spectacular acres of prairies, pine trees, and unique pillar-shaped, slender granite outcroppings called “Needles.” The park is home to many animals including elk, mountain lions, pronghorn antelope, bighorn sheep and over 1,300 bison — one of the largest herds in the world. Visit the world’s largest mountain carving, Crazy Horse Memorial, and take a ride to the bottom of the monument for a unique view. Spend the remainder of the day exploring Mount Rushmore, including the unforgettable evening lighting program, an inspirational program focusing on the presidents, patriotism and the nation’s history, culminating in the lighting of the memorial. (B,L)

Fri, Sep 13: Check out of the Lodge. Board the 1880 Train for a narrated ride to Hill City. Glide over the rugged landscape aboard a vintage steam train, like those that helped settle the Great American West. Transfer to Deadwood and meet a local guide for a city tour. The legends that surround this small Gold Rush boomtown are known for being some of the roughest and toughest outlaws around. See first-hand where “Wild Bill” Hickok and Calamity Jane walked and were laid to rest, and learn about Custer’s 1874 expedition to the Black Hills and Deadwood’s history as a lawless gold camp. Check in to The Lodge at Deadwood, then enjoy a visit to the legendary Saloon No.10, where “Wild Bill” Hickok met his demise. (B,L,D)

Sat, Sep 14: Travel across the state line into northeast Wyoming and witness Devils Tower National Monument, a solitary, stump-shaped granite formation looming 1,267 feet above the tree-lined valley, steeped in Indian legend. Stop to see Prairie Dog Town before taking a breathtaking drive along Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway. Back in Deadwood visit Tatanka: Story of the Bison, which tells the story of the 30-60 million bison that once roamed the Great Plains and the devastating massacre that wiped out all of them, save 1,000. The evening is yours to enjoy at leisure. You may want to check out the Deadwood Jam music festival activities. (B)

Sun, Sep 15: Take a guided tour of the city of Lead, and a surface tour of Sanford Underground Research Facility. The Sanford Lab Homestake Visitors Center is located on the edge of the historic site of the original 1876 gold strike, where 40 million ounces of gold were produced. This 1,250-feet-deep, half-mile wide manmade wonder is an iconic landmark in the Black Hills. Today the mine has been converted to a deep underground science and technology center. The exhibit hall has information about Sanford Underground Research Facility, the city of Lead and the history of Homestake, and features a 3-D model of the underground — from the surface down to 8,000 feet. Transfer to the airport in Rapid City and fly home. (B)

Hotel

K Bar S Lodge

K Bar S Lodge, Keystone, South Dakota.
Nestled in the Black Hills, this family-friendly lodge is situated in a wooded valley with a view of Mount Rushmore. Highlights: in-room coffeemaker • complimentary high-speed wireless Internet access • bar/ lounge • fitness center.

The Lodge at Deadwood, Deadwood, South Dakota.
Enjoy mountain serenity while staying just 2 miles from Historic Deadwood. The hotel is on the trolley route providing easy access to the downtown area. Highlights: in-room coffee/tea maker • complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access • two restaurants • casino • fitness center • indoor pool.

PRICING

  • Package with Air
  • Double P/P – $2,159
  • Triple P/P – $2,029
  • Single – $2,559
  • Child (17 and under) – $1,679
  • Land Only
  • Double P/P – $1,449
  • Triple P/P – $1,319
  • Single – $1,849
  • Child (17 and under) – $969

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