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The Wild West lives on throughout this eight-day spectacular Yellowstone & Mt. Rushmore vacation to Utah, Wyoming, Montana, and South Dakota. Enjoy scenic drives through the Rocky Mountains and the fertile plains of Big Sky Country. South Dakota’s Black Hills provide the backdrop for Mount Rushmore, the world’s greatest mountain carving featuring the faces of four exalted American presidents, which you will see both in daylight and at night – awesome!
At the Crazy Horse Memorial, you’ll view the world’s largest sculpture in progress and visit with Indian artisans as they showcase their arts and crafts. Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument brings to life the event, where, in 1876, the combined Sioux and Northern Cheyenne forces, led by Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse, overwhelmed Custer and his cavalry in the battle we know as “Custer’s Last Stand.” Witness nature as it rebuilds itself amidst the varied scenic wonders of Yellowstone and travel over the Continental Divide, stopping at famous Old Faithful Lodge, and thrill to the sight of the legendary geyser. This Yellowstone & Mt. Rushmore Vacation will truly be one to remember.
|PRICING DETAILS (Cost Per Person)*||PRICING|
|Deposit||$350 per person|
|Travel Insurance||Call for quote|
|Optional Snake River Float Trip||$95|
|Vacation Pace||Moderately Active Pace|
*Air departure from Indianapolis included; airfare pricing estimated and subject to change. Call for pricing from other departure cities.
Payment schedule: 2nd deposit of $500 due 121 days prior to departure; final payment 76 days prior to departure.
Day 1: Fly to Salt Lake City
Upon arrival at Salt Lake City Airport, meet your vacation manager and begin a city tour. See the State Capital, “This is the Place” Monument, and Temple Square’s Mormon Tabernacle. This evening enjoy a Get Acquainted dinner. Radisson Lion, Salt Lake City, UT (D)
Day 2: Salt Lake City to Jackson Hole
Motor to the famous western town of Jackson Hole (altitude 6,300′). See the Great Salt Lake, Logan Canyon, Bear Lake (picnic included), and Snake River Canyon. Enjoy a free evening tonight. Parkway Inn, Jackson Hole, WY (B,L)
Day 3: Jackson to Yellowstone
Free time this morning to shop or take a river float trip. Drive to nearby Grand Tetons National Park. Follow the Snake River past majestic 13,000 foot peaks with stops at Menor Ferry and renowned Jackson Lake Lodge. Drive the Rockefeller Parkway to Yellowstone (average altitude 8,000′), the country’s first National Park. Tonight, enjoy a choice-of-menu dinner at your hotel. Note: Optional float on the Snake River additional, $95 per person. Grant Village Lodge, Yellowstone (B,D)
Day 4: Yellowstone National Park
Today, witness nature as it rebuilds itself amidst the scenic wonders of Yellowstone National Park. Travel over the Continental Divide, stop at famous Old Faithful Lodge, and thrill to the sight off the legendary geyser. View the Fountain Paint Pots, Hayden Valley, and the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone River. Grant Village Lodge, Yellowstone (B)
Day 5: Yellowstone to Sheridan
Travel to Cody, the center of “Cowboy Country.” Visit the Buffalo Bill Historical Museum, the world’s best western collection. See world-class exhibits featuring pioneer life and western artwork. Continue thru Shell Falls Canyon and over scenic Granite Pass (8900′) in the Bighorn Mountains. Arrive in Sheridan, site of the infamous 1860’s Sioux Indian Wars. Tonight’s dinner is at the hotel. Sheridan Inn, Sheridan, WY (B,D)
Day 6: Sheridan / Custer’s Last Stand Battlefield / Rapid City
Travel into Montana to Little Big Horn Battlefield. Retrace the paths of George Custer, his 7th Cavalry, and Sitting Bull as we learn about “Custer’s Last Stand.” Cross the Wyoming plains and arrive in the famed Black Hills of South Dakota. Stop in Deadwood, the historic mining town where Wild Bill Hickok was shot. Enjoy dinner in Deadwood before arriving in Rapid City at your hotel. Ramkota Hotel, Rapid City, SC (B,L,D)
Day 7: Black Hill Sightseeing
View Mount Rushmore in daylight and marvel at the carved granite images of Washington, Jefferson, Teddy Roosevelt and Lincoln. Next, drive to the massive Crazy Horse Memorial, dedicated to the spirit of Chief Crazy Horse and the Lakota people. When completed, this figure will be the largest statue in the world. Drive the 18-mile Wildlife Loop Road that winds around the southern edge of Custer State Park. With over 1300 Buffalo roaming free you are sure to see these majestic animals. Return to your hotel for your Farewell Dinner prior to your night illumination tour of Mt. Rushmore. Ramkota Hotel, Rapid City, SD (B,D)
Day 8: Bear Country USA / Fly Home
This morning, visit Bear Country USA, a unique wildlife park featuring North American wildlife. Encounter bears, wolves, elk, buffalo, and other wildlife on your guided coach tour, plus bear cubs in the walk thru Babyland. Arrive at the Rapid City airport for your return flights. (B)
Note: This tour involves high altitude. Please check with your doctor, if you have any health conditions affected by high altitude. All park hotels provide very simple accommodations.