Spotlight on South Dakota & the Badlands

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.

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Day 1Rapid CityRapid 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 lifeâ?¦past and present.
Day 2Rapid CityRapid City - Keystone - 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 Center, the sculptor's studio, and an orientation center and theaters. 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 3Rapid CityRapid 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 jewelry 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 4Rapid CityRapid City - Pine Ridge Indian Reservation - Rapid City: This morning join a Lakota Native American tribe member for a visit to Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. The Lakota are the indigenous people of the Great Plains occupying land in North and South Dakota. They are one of seven tribes that make up the Great Sioux Nation. Learn some basic vocabulary of the Lakota language and hear the tribe's own story of creation. Later visit Wounded Knee, which is the site of a massacre that took place in 1890 when the United States Army attacked a band of Lakota tribesmen. This would come to be known as the Wounded Knee Massacre and the site itself has turned into one of the most sacred in the Lakota culture.
Day 5Rapid CityRapid City - Badlands - Wall - Rapid City: Today, explore larger-than-life Badlands National Park. Upon arrival, make a stop at the visitor center. 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 colors 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 6Rapid CityRapid City - Deadwood - Spearfish - Rapid City: This morning you travel to Deadwood, a rollicking western town and National Historic Landmark. Perhaps you'll fulfill 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 center 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 favorite local restaurant in the historic city of Spearfish.
Day 7Rapid CityRapid City - Tour Ends: Your tour comes to a close today.

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