Posey County Council on Aging presents…
Spotlight on South Dakota
The Black Hills & The Badlands
May 16 – 23, 2019
8 Days ● 9 Meals: 6 Breakfasts, 3 Dinners
Book by 11/16/2018 & Save $100 Per Person:
Double $2,979; Double $2,879*
Single $3,684; Single $3,584;
Triple $2,939; Triple $2,839
For bookings made after Nov 16, 2018 call for rates.
Included in Price: Round Trip Air from Evansville Regional Airport, Air Taxes and Fees/Surcharges, Hotel Transfers for groups of 10 or more Not included in price: Cancellation Waiver and Insurance of $275 per person
Alternate gateways are available upon request.
* All Rates are Per Person and are subject to change, based on air inclusive package from EVV
IMPORTANT CONDITIONS: Your price is subject to increase prior to the time you make full payment. Your price is not subject to increase after you make full payment, except for charges resulting from increases in government-imposed taxes or fees. Once deposited, you have 7 days to send us written consumer consent or withdraw consent and receive a full refund. (See registration form for consent.)
Single-hotel Stays: Unpack just once and explore the world’s most iconic cities during Spotlights’ single-hotel stays. The leisurely pace offers you the chance to get to know these destinations like a local. Must-see cultural highlights are always included, plus there’s plenty of time to explore independently, creating your own unique adventure.
- Jump into the world of Black Hills gold on a tour.
- Traverse Needles Highway and its 14 miles of magnificent rock formations.
- Stroll past 150 years of American history on the Presidential Trail.
- Travel to the legendary Black Hills of South Dakota.
- Visit epic Mount Rushmore.
- Explore Deadwood, a National Historic Landmark.
- Delight in the local flavors during a western dinner show.
Highlights: Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse Memorial, Badlands National Park, Wall Drug, Devils Tower National Monument, Black Hills Gold, Needles Highway, Custer State Park, Deadwood, High Plains Heritage Center
Day 1: Thursday, May 16, 2019 Arrive Rapid City Welcome to the West. Your tour begins in Rapid City, long known as the gateway to the Black Hills.
Day 2: Friday, May 17, 2019 Rapid City, South Dakota Enjoy a day of leisure. 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 3: Saturday, May 18, 2019 Rapid City - Mt. Rushmore - Crazy Horse - Rapid City Head for mighty Mount Rushmore to spend some time with the epic figures of Washington, Jefferson, Roosevelt and Lincoln as you stroll along the Presidential Trail that offers the closest access to this iconic sculpture. Then, visit Crazy Horse Memorial and learn the story behind the world’s largest, still-inprogress mountain sculpture. The memorial includes the Indian Museum of North America, the Native American Cultural Center, the sculptor’s studio, 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. (B)
Day 4: Sunday, May 19, 2019 Rapid City - Badlands - Wall - Rapid City Today is all about wide-open spaces. Explore the larger-than-life Badlands National Park. Upon arrival at the visitor center, the stage is set for your adventure, with informative exhibits, displays and video to introduce you to this area. You’ll explore the Badlands Loop Road, a marvel of vibrant colors and rock formations created by mineral deposits. Afterwards, enjoy a stop at the legendary Wall Drug, a store that’s barely changed since 1936. Do a little browsing, have a seat at the soda fountain, and take some time for lunch. (B)
Day 5: Monday, May 20, 2019 Rapid City - Devils Tower National Monument - Rapid City This morning, get your bearings as we head to the Geographic Center of the Nation in Belle Fourche. Then, cross state lines into the Northeast corner of Wyoming to view the country’s first national monument, Devils Tower. While it was made famous as the backdrop in Close Encounters of the Third Kind, the tower is sacred to many Northern Plains tribes. You’ll have time to explore the trails that surround the one mile circumference of this jaw-dropping geologic formation. (B, D)
Day 6: Tuesday, May 21, 2019 Rapid City - Custer - Rapid City Learn more about Black Hills gold on a tour through Riddle’s Black Hills Gold and Diamond Factory. Watch skilled artisans handcraft South Dakota’s official state jewelry and enjoy time to shop for some unique items to remember your trip by. 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. (B)
Day 7: Wednesday, May 22, 2019 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. Faithful recreations of turn-of-thecentury streetlamps line Main Street as you make your way through historic, restored architecture. A local guide introduces you to the city’s history during a tour that includes a visit to Mount Moriah Cemetery, where Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane rest. Enjoy some free time in Deadwood where gold, gambling and gunpowder were once the order of the day. 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. This evening, it’s our final roundup. Join your fellow travelers at a memorable dinner and western show at the High Plains Heritage Center. (B, D)
Day 8: Thursday, May 23, 2019 Rapid City - Tour Ends Your tour comes to a close today. (B)
Itinerary at a glance
Days 1 – 7 Hilton Garden Inn Rapid City, Rapid City,South Dakota
On some dates alternate hotels may be used.
For important reservation information visit https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/874712. You can also find this information on your tour documents.