Mount Rushmore & Deadwood

Wild West of South Dakota’s Black Hills

  • Date

    September 10-14, 2020 | Thu / Mon – 5 Days

  • Location

    Badlands National Park | Keystone | Custer State Park | Mount Rushmore | Crazy Horse Memorial | 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, 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 National Historic Landmark.

HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE

  • Day visit and Evening Lighting Ceremony at Mount Rushmore National Memorial
  • See Crazy Horse Memorial
  • Visit Badlands National Park
  • Wildlife Jeep tour in Custer State Park
  • 1880 Train excursion
  • Tour of the historic town of Deadwood
  • Visit Tatanka: Story of the Bison
  • Experience a Chuckwagon Cookout & Cowboy Music Variety Show
  • 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
  • 1 lunch, 3 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.

Thu, Sep 10: Fly to 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 four nights. Enjoy dinner at the hotel. (Meal: Dinner)

Fri, Sep 11: 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. Spend the evening exploring Mount Rushmore National Memorial, including the unforgettable Evening Lighting Ceremony, an inspirational program focusing on the presidents, patriotism, and the nation’s history, culminating in the lighting of the memorial. (B,L)

Sat, Sep 12: 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 aroundSee 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. 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 nearly all of them 1,000 survived. 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-foot-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. (B,D)

Sun, Sep 13: 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. Stroll the main street of Hill City, rich in history but small in size, for lunch and shopping. Visit the world’s largest mountain carving, Crazy Horse Memorial, and take a ride to the bottom of the monument for a unique view. Tonight, attend the Fort Hays Chuckwagon Supper & Cowboy Music Variety Show, where you can view the original buildings of the Dances with Wolves film set and browse stores and workshops along the boardwalk. (B,D)

Mon, Sep 14: Transfer to the airport in Rapid City and fly home. (B)

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 coffee/tea maker • complimentary WiFi Internet access • bar • fitness center.

Pricing

  • Package with Air
  • Double P/P – $2,129
  • Triple P/P – $1,999
  • Single – $2,479
  • Land Only
  • Double P/P – $1,479
  • Triple P/P – $1,349
  • Single – $1,829

* Subject to change due to increase in exchange rate or fuel surcharge

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