Black Hills Gold

8 Days - Departs July 9

Highlights

-Mount Rushmore
-Badlands National Park
-Wall Drug
-Chuckwagon & Entertainment
-Crazy Horse Memorial
-Deadwood
-Jeep Ride in Custer State Park
-Rapid City, South Dakota
-10 Meals

Itinerary

Day 1: Denver 
Fly to Denver for an overnight at the Holiday Inn Select, on the outskirts of the city.
Day 2: Rapid City Follow the route of the Cheyenne-to-Deadwood stage line. Make a stop at the fascinating Stagecoach Museum in Lusk, Wyoming, containing the last of the stagecoaches to run on the Line. The discovery of gold in the Black Hills brought people to the area, and visitors have been arriving ever since. Your home for the next five nights will be the centrally located Rushmore Plaza Hotel in Rapid City, South Dakota. (B)   
Day 3: The Badlands
Visit Badlands National Park, where 35 million years of wind and water erosion have created amazing sandstone pinnacles and gorges, described as a "moonscape on earth." Spend time at the amazing Wall Drug Store, a cowboy-themed complex of shops, art galleries, historic memorabilia and restaurants. Later, make a stop at The Journey Museum which interprets the story of the Western Great Plains from the perspective of the Lakota people and the pioneers. End the day with dinner at your hotel. (B, D)
Day 4: Rapid City Tour & Fort Hays
Rapid City is known as the “City of Presidents,” and you will make a stop to view the collection of life-size bronze statues of past presidents. A city tour will show you more of the highlights. This evening, head to Fort Hays where Dances with Wolves was filmed. End the day with a chuckwagon dinner and entertainment. (B,D)
Day 5: Mount Rushmore & Crazy Horse
At the Borglum Historical Center, hear about the creation of Mt. Rushmore before viewing the 60-foot-tall granite faces of the four presidents. Explore the Visitor Center and the Lincoln Borglum Museum, housing exhibits telling stories about the “Shrine of Remembrance.” You may wish to walk along the “Avenue of Flags,” featuring the flags of all 50 states and U.S. territories, leading to the Grandview Terrace. Visit the Crazy Horse Memorial, designed to honor the culture, tradition and living heritage of North American Indians. The Indian Museum contains one of the region’s foremost collections of Native American artifacts and art In the evening, view the impressive illumination ceremony at Mt. Rushmore. (B) 
Day 6: Black Hills & Deadwood
Visit the Chapel in the Hills in Rapid City, which is an exact replica of the Borgan Stavkirke in Norway. Then, re-live the history of gold mining at the Black Hills Mining Museum in Lead. Travel to Deadwood, where a local guide will show you the highlights of this mile-high town lined with Victorian-style houses, quaint miners’ homes, old-fashioned storefronts, and the Lead Opera House, known as the jewel of the Black Hills. Also visit Tatanka, with the larger- than life bronze sculptures featuring bison pursued by Native American horseback riders. Return to Rapid City for the night. (B)
Days 7 & 8: Cheyenne & Custer State Park
Head to Wyoming and the Custer State Park which contains the largest publicly-owned buffalo herd in the world.  Board a jeep where you will see some of these free-roaming buffalo. Enjoy lunch at the historic stone and wood State Game Lodge, built in 1920. It served as the "Summer White House" for President Calvin Coolidge. Continue on to Cheyenne, Wyoming with a farewell dinner and an overnight at Little America. Next day, return to Denver for your flight home. (B, D; B)
            
 
Price Per Person 
$2589 Share-basis, with Air from LAX
$  578 Single Supplement
$    300 Deposit

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