Land of the Dakotas

Post

Take a western vacation and visit two of our nation’s grandest memorials – Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse Memorial.  You will also visit the wild west days in Cheyenne, Wyoming and attend the rodeo.  You won’t want to miss the Painted Canyon Overlook for a magnificent view of the Badlands.

Dates:

July 19-28, 2018

10 Days

Pricing:

Double: $2,215/person

Single: $3,070/person

Highlights:

  • 11 Meals
  • Annual Cheyenne Frontier Days
  • Devils Tower National Monument
  • Crazy Horse Memorial
  • 1880 Train
  • Mt. Rushmore
  • High Plains Heritage Center
  • Theodore Roosevelt National Park
  • Medora Musical
  • Pitchfork Steak Fondue
  • Painted Canyon
  • Lunch Cruise on Lewis & Clark Riverboat
  • Ft. Abraham Lincoln State Park
  • Bonanzaville U.S.A.
  • Hjemkomst Interpretive Center
  • Western Heritage Museum
  • Local Guided Tour of St. Joseph, Missouri
  • Moderate Physical Activity

Itinerary

Days 1 and 2

Our trail takes us west through Missouri to Kansas for an overnight in Salina, Kansas. Day 2 travel through the plains of Kansas to the Mile High City, Denver (Westminster), Colorado. Tonight we will enjoy dinner together. Included Meals: Day 2 – Breakfast, Dinner

Day3

We depart Westminster for one of the West’s most vibrant cities, Cheyenne, Wyoming. Cheyenne’s Wild West period is recaptured during the annual Cheyenne Frontier Days. Besides the fantastic rodeo, there is something for everyone, including a Western art show, music and entertainment on the Free Entertainment Stage and Frontier Park Indian Village, which highlights a number of Native American booths.

Included Meal: Breakfast

Day 4

We travel north to the most conspicuous landmark in northeastern Wyoming, Devils Tower National Monument. An astounding geologic feature that protrudes out of the rolling prairie surrounding the Black Hills, this site is considered sacred to the Northern Plains Indians and other tribes. We overnight in Spearfish, South Dakota for two nights. Included Meal: Breakfast

Day 5

This morning we travel to see the fifth granite face to emerge in the Black Hills, the Crazy Horse Memorial. We’ll visit the Indian Museum of North America, an impressive collection of more than 20,000 regional North American Indian artifacts. This afternoon, we board one of America’s last steam trains still in service, the 1880 Train located in Hill City. Next, we visit Mt. Rushmore, the awesome masterpiece sculpted by Gutzon Borglum. This evening, we will visit the High Plains Heritage Center Museum and enjoy a chuckwagon dinner. Included Meal: Dinner

Day6

Our journey takes us along a scenic byway into North Dakota. We drive through Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Our evening destination is Medora, an authentically restored pioneer cattle town, where we’ll enjoy a delicious trailside barbecue at Medora’s famous Pitchfork Steak fondue before our entertainment at the breathtaking Burning Hills Amphitheatre.

Included Meal: Dinner

Day 7

We travel east to the Painted Canyon overlook for a magnificent view of the Badlands. We have a narrated lunch cruise on the Lewis & Clark Riverboat. We visit Ft. Abraham Lincoln State Park, which includes General George Custer’s Home. We check into our hotel in Jamestown. Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8

This morning we stop in Fargo, North Dakota to visit Bonanzaville U.S.A. This reconstructed pioneer village represents the bonanza farm era and contains over 40 buildings. After lunch at Bonanzaville, we depart for the Heritage Hjemkomst Interpretive Center. The history of the Red River Valley and the dreams of its people are explored in the center. Our travels continue to Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Included Meal: Lunch

Day 9

Our tour takes us along the Missouri River into Omaha, Nebraska. We stop at the Western Heritage Museum, located in the old Union Station building. After lunch on our own, we continue on to our hotel in St. Joseph, Missouri. Our farewell dinner will be at Bandana’s.

Included Meal: Dinner

Day 10

This morning we are met by a local guide who gives us a glimpse of St. Joseph’s past. We stop at the Pony Express Stables Museum before we return home.

Included Meal: Breakfast

Departure Points: Decatur, Springfield, Litchfield, Pontoon Beach, St Charles, Columbia, Kansas City, Marion, Mt Vernon, Nashville, Fairview Heights, South County, Evansville, Cape Girardeau