Lifestyle Tours presents…
Spotlight on South Dakota
The Black Hills & The Badlands
September 14 – 20, 2018
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Tracy Wilson or Ken Meyer
7 Days ● 9 Meals: 6 Breakfasts, 3 Dinners
Book by 3/14/2018 & Save $50 Per Person:
For bookings made after Mar 14, 2018 call for rates.
Included in Price: Round Trip Air from Evansville Regional Airport, Air Taxes and Fees/Surcharges, Hotel Transfers
Not included in price: Cancellation Waiver and Insurance of $240 per person
* All Rates are Per Person and are subject to change, based on air inclusive package from EVV
Alternate gateways are available upon request
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"Single Hotel Stay": tours feature every night at the same hotel, so you only unpack once! Accommodations are carefully chosen, allowing you the flexibility to access and explore nearby cities and attractions.
Highlights: Mount Rushmore, Deadwood, Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, Black Hills Gold, Badlands National Park, Wall Drug, Needles Highway, Custer State Park, Crazy Horse Memorial
Day 1: Friday, September 14, 2018 Rapid City, South Dakota - Tour Begins Welcome to the West. Your tour opens in Rapid City, long known as the gateway to the Black Hills. Tonight, you and your fellow travelers gather for a welcome dinner featuring a Native American chronicler who shares stories about the Lakota and Sioux way of life. (D)
Day 2: Saturday, September 15, 2018 Rapid City - Keystone - Rapid City Follow in the footsteps of some enterprising westerners during a visit to the Chapel in the Hills and the log cabin of a gold prospector. Next, we head for mighty Mount Rushmore. Spend some time with the epic figures of Washington, Jefferson, Roosevelt and Lincoln. Stroll along the Presidential Trail which offers the closest access to the iconic sculpture. Later, we’ll visit downtown Rapid City (America’s most patriotic city) to enjoy this great little western town. We’ll be sure to make a stop at the Prairie Edge, a favorite local shop filled with authentic Lakota items. This evening, return to Mount Rushmore to see the spectacular nighttime lighting ceremony. (B)
Day 3: Sunday, September 16, 2018 Rapid City - Deadwood - Rapid City Are you ready for Deadwood? This morning, we explore one of the Old West’s most iconic settlements.
This National Historic Landmark comes alive – it is as if you’ve stepped onto the set of an old-fashioned western. Perhaps you’ll fulfill your childhood cowboy dreams. Faithful recreations of turn-of-the-century streetlamps light the way as you make your way through accurately restored architecture. A local guide introduces you to the history of the city on a tour that includes a visit to Mount Moriah Cemetery, the final resting place of Wild Bill Hickok. We will 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. Then, enjoy some time to ramble through Deadwood where gold, gambling and gunpowder were once the order of the day. (B, D)
Day 4: Monday, September 17, 2018 Rapid City - Pine Ridge Indian Reservation - Rapid City This morning, an alumnus of the Red Cloud Indian School on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation joins us for a cultural discussion. Learn more about the school’s mission, the reservation and the challenges faced by the Lakota people. Afterwards, we continue this special day at the Heritage Center. Later, learn more about Black Hills gold on a tour through Riddle's Black Hills Gold and Diamond Factory. See skilled artisans handcraft South Dakota’s official state jewelry and enjoy time to shop for some handcrafted items. (B)
Day 5: Tuesday, September 18, 2018 Rapid City - Badlands - Wall - Rapid City Today is all about wide-open spaces. Explore the larger-than-life Badlands National Park. After we get orientated at the visitor center, the stage is set for a classic adventure. It’s your choice! Will you take a guided hike along one of the Badlands’ many trails? Or will you drive the Badlands Loop Road, a marvel of vibrant colors and rock formations? Afterwards, we all enjoy a stop at timeless Wall Drug, a store that remains much as it was in 1936. Take some time for lunch, sit at the soda fountain and do a little browsing. (B)
Day 6: Wednesday, September 19, 2018 Rapid City - Custer - Rapid City The Needles Highway is calling your name. Travel through 14 miles of magnificent rock formations, curving
tunnels and steep spires. Later, we continue our road trip through Custer State Park where you just might spot a buffalo, a band of bighorn sheep or a herd of majestic elk. Visit 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 work at the memorial and welcome the chance to share how their culture influences their art. This evening, it’s our final roundup. Join your fellow travelers at a western dinner show. (B, D)
Day 7: Thursday, September 20, 2018 Rapid City - Tour Ends Your tour comes to a close today. (B)
|Itinerary at a glance
Days 1 – 6 Hilton Garden Inn Rapid City, Rapid City,South Dakota
On some dates alternate hotels may be used.
Experience It! Crazy Horse Memorial
Crazy Horse Memorial, the world’s largest mountain sculpture now in progress, is located in the Black Hills of South Dakota. The nine-story-high face of Crazy Horse, a visionary leader committed to preserving the traditions and values of the Lakota way of life, was completed in 1998 when work shifted to the 22-story-high massive horse’s head. The work was begun in 1948 by sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski at the request of Native Americans. Korczak determined that the memorial would be more than just a sculpture…it would be a humanitarian project telling present and future generations the story of Native American peoples by collecting and preserving outstanding examples of Indian culture and heritage. Visitors to the memorial can view the progress of the sculpture as well as tour an Indian museum, cultural center, the sculptor’s studio and orientation center. Although Korczak died in 1982, his wife Ruth and their family continue the project working with the Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation.
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...looking forward to taking air tours in the futureBy Sheila A
Ken and his staff are extremely professional and organized. I have taken a few day tours and am looking forward to taking air tours in the future.