|Day 1 ||Sun., June 25th Fly to Rapid City, South Dakota (D) |
Fly to Rapid City, South Dakota, and unpack for a five-night stay at the Holiday Inn Rushmore
Plaza. Welcome dinner this evening.
|Day 2 ||Mon., June 26th The Old West at Deadwood (B, L) |
Feel the frontier heritage in Deadwood where Calamity Jane and Wild Bill Hickock were leading
citizens. A Lakota Sioux shares his traditions at “Tatanka, Story of the Bison”. Tour the Homestake Goldmine’s surface operation including views of the open pit.
|Day 3 ||Tues., June 27th Mt. Rushmore National Memorial & Crazy Horse Memorial (B, D) |
Walk along Mt. Rushmore National Memorial’s Presidential Trail to view the 60-foot faces.
Visit the enormous Crazy Horse Memorial, a work in progress which will be the largest sculpture ever produced. After an included dinner return to Mt. Rushmore for a trip highlight, the lighting ceremony as the monument is slowly lit until fully illuminated.
|Day 4 ||Wed., June 28th Custer State Park, Buffalo Jeep Tour & Mammoth Site (B, L) |
Ride a jeep ride through Custer State Park’s grasslands among free-roaming buffalo. Dine at the historic State Game Lodge. This afternoon, travel back 20,000 years at the Hot Springs Mammoth Site, an active paleontological dig where you can view ice age fossils being uncovered.
|Day 5 ||Thurs., June 29th Badlands & Mt. Rushmore Illumination (B, D) |
Experience the wild beauty of Badlands National Park, a Native American hunting ground and home to hearty homesteaders. Visit famous Wall Drug, an extensive complex built on the promise of free ice water. Finish with a Western Dinner with local entertainment.
|Day 6 ||Fri., June 30th Bear Cubs & Homeward Bound (B) |
Watch bear cubs at play at a unique wild animal park with grizzly and black bears, mountain lions, wolves, elk, and big horn sheep. Fly to San Francisco returning via motor coach to San Joaquin County.