Day 1 - Rapid City - Keystone
Your Black Hills experience begins upon arrival at the Rapid City Airport where you will meet your local tour director. Transfer to your hotel in the heart of the Black Hills for a 5-night stay. Later, join the group for a welcome dinner. (D)
Day 2 - Badlands - Rapid City
Take a short drive to Badlands National Park for sightseeing and hiking. The park, established in 1939, consists of nearly 243,000 acres of sharply eroded buttes, pinnacles and spires blended with the largest, protected mixed grass prairie in the United States. After your visit, make a stop at the famous Wall Drug for an included lunch and some free time to explore on your own. Time is given in Rapid City to explore the shops and galleries, to include Prairie Edge Trading Company, for some history on native arts and crafts. (B/L)
Day 3 - Black Hills
This morning begins the day with sightseeing of Mt. Rushmore National Memorial. You’ll have plenty of time to walk around, photograph, and explore this majestic site. Afterwards, travel aboard the historic Black Hills Central Railroad for a scenic 10-mile ride through Black Hills National Forest. Touring continues to view Crazy Horse Monument, a colossal but still unfinished project begun more than 70 years ago in honor of the famous Sioux warrior. Return to Keystone for touring of the Rushmore-Borglum Story Museum and a closer look into the life of Gutzon Borglum, the artist who created the impressive monument. Enjoy some free time to relax and have dinner on own back at the lodge. Tonight, return to Mt. Rushmore and experience the Evening Lighting Ceremony, a patriotic presentation that is a fitting end to a day of touring in the Black Hills. (B)
Day 4 - Devil’s Tower - Deadwood
This morning travel to Wyoming on your way to see the nation's very first National Monument, Devil's Tower. Here we will have a chance to learn a little more of the history, geology, and folklore surrounding this spot that is a sacred place to Native Americans. Enjoy a scenic walk around the base of this magnificent monolith. Return to South Dakota and arrive in the notorious old west town of Deadwood. Take a Tour of Deadwood to learn of Deadwood’s famous history including Mount Moriah Cemetery, a National Historic Landmark and is the final resting place of gunman Wild Bill Hickok and the notorious Calamity Jane. Enjoy some free time to explore the shops, restaurant and saloons still found in this “wild and woolly city”. Later, return to Keystone for overnight. (B)
Day 5 - Wind Cave - Custer State Park
Begin the day by visiting Wind Cave National Park for a tour of the caverns and hiking. Take a ranger -guided tour of Wind Cave, one of the longest and most complex caves in the world. Return to the surface and take a short hike to look for wildlife such as bison, elk, pronghorn and more. This afternoon, arrive in Custer State Park and the State Game Lodge. Here, you will board Jeeps for a spectacular Buffalo Jeep Safari through the Custer State Park. After viewing a wide variety of wildlife, return to Keystone and join the group for a farewell dinner. (B/D)
Day 6 - Depart
After breakfast, transfer to the Rapid City Airport for your return flight(s) home. (B)
Gratuities for drivers and guides
A $1,100.00 nonrefundable deposit per person is due at the time of booking.
Hotels (subject to change):
Keystone, SD - K-Bar-S Lodge - 5 nights
June 14, 2021
$1,100.00 per person is nonrefundable. Cancel on or after June 14, 2021 and the entire tour is nonrefundable unless supplier(s) provide a refund.
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