Spotlight on South Dakota
From $2,299* 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.
- Discover the inspiring colours and rock formations in Badlands National Park.
- Explore the legendary city of Deadwood, home to Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane.
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 mountain sculpture still in progress. Journey through the natural beauty of Badlands National Park. Discover the fascinating history and stories of the Lakota and Sioux at a Native American lecture.
Day 1. Rapid City, South Dakota – Tour Begins
Welcome to Rapid City, gateway to some of America’s most intriguing and beautiful locations. Tonight, gather for dinner and experience the true West as a local Native American joins you to share stories of the Lakota and Sioux tribes’ way of life…past and present.
Dinner High 25 Low 6 Hilton Garden Inn Rapid City
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 and learn the story behind the world’s largest mountain sculpture still in progress. The memorial includes the Indian Museum of North America, the 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.
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 hand-craft South Dakota’s official state jewellery with time to purchase some of the best hand crafted 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 – 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 petroglyphs 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. Continue on to Prairie Edge, a Plains Indian store and museum filled with native art and handmade crafts & jewellery. This work remains faithful to the Plains Indian spirit and tradition.
Today, explore larger-than-life Badlands National Park. Upon arrival, make a stop at the visitor 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 – Deadwood – Spearfish – Rapid City
This morning you travel to Deadwood, a rollicking western town and National Historic Landmark. Perhaps you’ll fulfil a childhood dream of living in the Old West. Faithful recreations of turn-of-the-century streetlamps 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. You’ll also make a stop at Kevin Costner’s Tatanka: Story of the Bison. This interpretive centre features large, awe-inspiring sculptures depicting the relationship of bison and the Lakota Native Americans. Then, enjoy some time to ramble through Deadwood where gold, gambling and gunpowder were once the order of the day. Enjoy dinner at a favourite local restaurant in the historic city of Spearfish.
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.
May 12 – May 18. $2,299
May 19 – May 25. $2,299
May 26 – Jun 1. $2,299
Jun 2 – Jun 8. $2,369
Jun 9 – Jun 15. SOLD OUT
Jun 14 – Jun 20. $2,369
Jun 16 – Jun 22. $2,369
Jun 23 – Jun 29. $2,369
Jun 30 – Jul 6. $2,369
Jul 7 – Jul 13. $2,369
Jul 14 – Jul 20. $2,369
Jul 21 – Jul 27. $2,369
Mar – Mar . TBA
Apr – Apr . TBA