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DAKOTAS & THE BLACK HILLS

July 9-15, 2019

Day 1:  Leave your cares behind as we head north into the Dakota’s, land of Great Diversion and rich in American heritage. After traveling through Nebraska we overnight in Mitchell, SD.

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Day 2:  For all you corn farmers, what a stunning and whimsical way to decorate with an everyday commodity. The “World’s Only Corn Palace” is redecorated each year with thousands of bushels of corn, grain, and grasses. Making our way to Pierre, we take time for a picture stop at the state capitol. Next we travel to Bismarck, ND, heart of the Lewis and Clark Trail. After checking into our hotel, we venture out on the Lewis and Clark Riverboat for a sunset dinner cruise. Following our cruise down the Missouri River, we return to the hotel. (B, D)

 

Day 3:  We start our day at the North Dakota State Capitol. Next we travel to the historic Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park. Relive the history of the 1800’s at Fort Abraham Lincoln. It was from this fort that the Seventh Cavalry, under the command of General George Armstrong Custer, rode out on the ill-fated campaign at Little Big Horn. Explore Custer’s reconstructed home, the commissary, and barracks. Then we head west to the town of Medora. Historic Medora is an authentically restored pioneer cattle town at the south entrance to Theodore Roosevelt National Park. This 36 mile loop drive is home to a great variety of creatures and plants. Animals, including bison, wild horses, elk, prairie dogs, and coyotes inhabit the park along with 200 species of birds. The park honors Roosevelt and his national conservation policy based upon the wise use of the nation’s natural resources. Tonight we are in for a treat as we enjoy a Pitchfork Fondue dinner. Bring your cameras for a picture of the chefs and their pitchforks full of steaks! Next we see The Medora Musical at the breath-taking Burning Hills Amphitheater. Following a full and adventurous day we overnight in Medora. (B, D)

 

Day 4:  Today we return to South Dakota and the Black Hills. Enjoy eating at one of the many places in downtown Deadwood such as the Historic Franklin Hotel. Following lunch, we have a guided tour of Deadwood. Hear stories about Wild Bill Hickok and the gold rush days. "There's gold in them thar hills!" A gold mining tour finishes off our day. Overnight in Hill City, SD. (B, D)

 

Day 5: This morning we visit Custer State Park, named after Lt. Colonel George Armstrong Custer. Located in the Black Hills, the park is home to magnificent scenery and a variety of wildlife, including bison. Crazy Horse Memorial is our next stop. Crazy Horse is much more than a mountain carving, it is a tribute to the Native American. The visitor complex includes displays illustrating the mountain work and one of the foremost collections in the upper Midwest, the Indian Museum of North America. Then it’s on to majestic Mount Rushmore, a symbol of democracy, featuring 60-foot faces of four great American presidents. Tonight we step back in time at the Circle B Ranch’s Cowboy Chuckwagon Dinner and Music Show. (B, L, D)

 

Day 6: This morning we board the 1880’s train for a ride through the Black Hills National Forest. The 1880 train affords spectacular mountain scenery, including vistas of Harney Peak. What a morning of spectacular scenery! Leaving the Black Hills, we head to Wall, SD, home of the famous Wall Drug. Here we have lunch and a chance to explore the world’s largest drug store! Time to head south as we travel through the Badland’s National Park. Years of wind and water erosion have carved an eerie sight from the vast prairies of western South Dakota. The miles of pink and brown bands of sandstone are absolutely beautiful. We again find ourselves in Mitchell, SD for our overnight stay. (B, L)

 

Day 7:  Today is a day of traveling as we share memories with our fellow travelers of our experiences in the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota and the rich history of North Dakota. (B)

$1,368

7
days
July 9-15, 2019
 

From the sprawling prairies and the haunting Badlands, to the beautiful forests of the Black Hills, discover national treasures such as the Corn Palace in Mitchell, the history of ND, and the famous faces of Mount Rushmore. Learn of the land rich in Native American History, whose prairies were abundant in buffalo. Come along with us as we experience the starkness of the prairie and all the Dakota’s (both North and South) have to offer.