From $1,929* pp | 7 Days • 9 Meals *Rate is per person, land only, double occupancy.
Discover the spirit of the American West and come to know the legends of the past.
- Stroll along the Presidential Trail, filled with 150 years of American history.
- Stand before the Crazy Horse Memorial, the world’s largest sculpture still in progress.
- Explore the legendary city of Deadwood, home to Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane.
- Discover the inspiring colours and rock formations in Badlands National Park.
Natural Beauty of the American West
Discover the spirit of the American West. Travel to the legendary Black Hills and see the American prairie as it was 300 years ago. Explore the legends of the city of Deadwood, home to Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane. Travel the backcountry of Custer State Park and along the impressive Needles Highway lined with famous granite spires. Visit magnificent Mt. Rushmore. See Crazy Horse Memorial, the world’s largest sculpture still in progress. Journey through the natural beauty of Badlands National Park. Discover the fascinating history and stories of the gold rush in the town of Lead in 1875.
Day 1. Rapid City, South Dakota – Tour Begins
Welcome to Rapid City, gateway to some of America’s most intriguing and beautiful locations. This is your chance to experience the true West.
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Arrive at Mount Rushmore, whose epic figures carved in stone represent the first 150 years of American history. Stroll along the Presidential Trail, providing the closest access to the iconic sculpture. Visit the Crazy Horse Memorial. Learn the story behind the world’s largest mountain sculpture still in progress. The memorial includes the Indian Museum of North America, Native American Cultural Centre, the sculptor’s studio, and an orientation centre and theatres. Many Native American artists and craftspeople create their works at the memorial and welcome the chance to share how their culture influences their art. Visit Prairie Edge, a Plains Indian store and museum filled with glorious native art, crafts and jewellery. Created by hand, this work remains faithful to the Plains Indian spirit and tradition.
Day 3. Rapid City – Custer – Rapid City
Learn about Black Hills gold on a tour through Riddle’s Black Hills Gold and Diamond Factory. Here you’ll see skilled artisans handcraft South Dakota’s official state jewellery with time to purchase some of the best handcrafted items in South Dakota. Next, travel through 14 miles of magnificent rock formations on the fascinating Needles Highway. Its curving rock tunnels and steep rock spires provide a breathtaking backdrop. Later, drive through Custer State Park where a band of bighorn sheep, a herd of majestic elk, or buffalo may be seen.
Day 4. Rapid City – Deadwood – Rapid City
This morning travel to Deadwood, a rollicking western town named as a National Historic Landmark. Perhaps you’ll fulfil a childhood dream of living in the Old West. Faithful recreations of turn-of-the-century street lamps light the way through accurately restored architecture. Upon arrival, a local guide introduces you to the history of the city including a visit to Mount Moriah Cemetery. Enjoy some time to ramble through Deadwood where gold, gambling and gunpowder were once the order of the day. The adventure continues this afternoon when you visit Kevin Costner’s Tatanka: “Story of the Bison,” an interpretive centre that depicts the relationship of bison and man through interactive exhibits. Journey through an authentic Lakota encampment where everything from tepees to live Lakota interpreters offer a snapshot of Indian life during the height of the buffalo culture in 1840. Enjoy dinner at a favourite local restaurant.
Today, explore larger-than-life Badlands National Park. Upon arrival, make a stop at the visitor’s centre. Set the stage for your adventure with its informative exhibits, displays and video introducing you to this area. The Badlands Loop Road is a marvel of vibrant colours and rock formations created by mineral deposits. Next, enjoy a stop at Wall Drug, an authentic store from 1936, where there is time for lunch and browsing. The afternoon is yours. Venture out on your own or relax at your hotel. As always, your tour manager will be available to offer expert suggestions on what the area offers.
Day 6. Rapid City – Hot Springs – Rapid City
Set out for Hot Springs to see the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary. Enjoy a guided tour through part of this endless prairie of 11,000 acres where over 400 wild horses run free. This is how America appeared 300 years ago. You’ll also see Indian petroglyph’s over 10,000 years old, a prairie dog town, an authentic Native American Sun Dance site, and the movie set from the classic, Crazy Horse. This evening, join your fellow travellers at a favourite local restaurant for a farewell dinner.
Day 7. Rapid City – Tour Ends
Meals as per itinerary
Activities as stated
Please note: Accommodation is subject to change.
Meals not indicated on the itinerary
Comprehensive travel insurance
Items of a personal nature – laundry, telephone, room service
Tips and gratuities
- South Dakota is 16 hours behind Australian Eastern Standard Time.
- The currency in the United States is the United States Dollar.
- For electricity, the United States uses 120 Volts.
- Why not consider a pre and post tour extension. Start and end your holiday rested.
This tour requires average physical activity. You should be in good health, able to climb stairs and walk reasonable distances, possibly over uneven ground and cobblestoned streets.
Mar 3 – Mar 13. $3,079
Mar 10 – Mar 20. $2,829
Mar 17 – Mar 27. $2,829
Apr 7 – Apr 17. $2,949
Apr 14 – Apr 24. $2,949
Apr 21 – May 1. $2,949
Jun 6 – Jun 26. $3,979
Jun 20 – Jul 1. $3,979
Jul 18 – Jul 29. $3,979
Aug 8 – Aug 19. $4,299
Aug 15 – Aug 26. $4,299
Sep 5 – Sep 16. $3,979
Sep 12 – Sep 23. $3,979
Sep 26 – Oct 7. $3,979
Oct 10 – Oct 21. $3,979
Nov 7 – Nov 18. $3,469
Mar 13 – Mar 24. $3,469
Mar 27 – Apr 7. $3,599
Apr 3 – Apr 14. $3,729
Apr 24 – May 5. $3,729