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The Badlands & Black Hills

The Badlands & Black Hills

We're headed back out to the "wild west" on this getaway to the Badlands & Black Hills of South Dakota, Yellowstone Park & the Grand Tetons, so grab your cowboy hat and come on along!

The Badlands & Black Hills, Yellowstone National Park & the Grand Tetons

Monday, September 17 – Wednesday, September 26

We’re headed back out to the “wild west” on this getaway to the Badlands & Black Hills of South Dakota, Yellowstone Park & the Grand Tetons, so grab your cowboy hat and come on along! 

 

DAY 1 – We’ll fly from Boston to Rapid City, where we will stay for three nights.

 

DAY 2 – Visit the Badlands National Park, the rugged beauty of the Badlands draws visitors from around the world. These striking geologic deposits contain one of the world’s richest fossil beds. The park’s 244,000 acres protect an expanse of mixed-grass prairie where bison, bighorn sheep, prairie dogs, and black-footed ferrets live today.  We’ll stop at Ben Reifel Visitor Center, then take the Badlands Loop through the park. Enjoy shopping time at the historic Wall Drug, an enormous 5 and 10 store where you can find souvenirs, pottery, books, clothes, gifts and much more. Relax at the hotel, and then we’ll visit Mount Rushmore National Memorial to marvel at the majestic beauty of the Black Hills of South Dakota and experience the nightly patriotic lighting ceremony.

 

DAY 2 - Visit the Crazy Horse Memorial that honors the culture, tradition and living heritage of North American Indians. View progress on the world’s largest mountain sculpture as they carve the memorial to the spirit of legendary Lakota leader Crazy Horse.  We’ll travel into the Black Hill’s Custer State Park, which encompasses 71,000 acres of spectacular terrain and an abundance of wildlife. Clear mountain waters and vast open ranges are home to a herd of 1,300 bison that roam freely throughout the park, often stopping traffic along the scenic routes.  Enjoy an included buffet lunch at the historic State Game Lodge, a gracious stone and wood lodge built in 1920 that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It served as the Summer White House for President Calvin Coolidge, and was also visited by President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Our buffalo safari tour will take you off-road through the park in an open-air jeep in search of pronghorns, elk, and the buffalo. Along the way, our guide will share facts about the park and wildlife.  Then, we’ll travel the famous Iron Mountain Road, designed with a tremendous amount of curves, and switchbacks, in order to limit the speed of travelers so that they could enjoy the beauty of the Black Hills. What makes this road so unique and memorable is not just the amount of curves and the surrounding beauty, but also the architectural features found along this road. These features include pigtail bridges, and one lane tunnels that were built to showcase the American patriotic symbol, Mt. Rushmore. These tunnels frame Mt. Rushmore National Memorial like a picture frame and are a spectacular site.  The evening will be yours to enjoy the downtown location of our Rapid City hotel, near shops, Main Street Square, and the series of life-size bronze statues of our nation’s past presidents that line the streets and sidewalks.   

 

DAY 3 – We’ll travel West through Wyoming, stopping to visit Devil's Tower, an astounding geologic feature that protrudes out of the rolling prairie surrounding the Black Hills. This site is considered Sacred to the Lakota and other tribes that have a connection to the area. At over 1200 feet tall, it is America's first National Monument, named by President Theodore Roosevelt under the Antiquities Act in 1906.  We will travel to Deadwood and take Kevin Costner's Original Deadwood Tour. As we travel down Deadwood's cobblestone streets, you will hear about an era gone by. You will see historical landmarks, points of interest and the Chinese and Badland sections of town. On the way to Mt Moriah Cemetery, recount the legendary lives of Wild Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane and other Old West legends before we visit their final resting places.  Gaze down at Deadwood Gulch while enjoying the breeze and essence of ponderosa pine and hear about the Homestake Gold Mine.

 

DAY 4 - We will visit the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, where the focus is on the life and times of William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody, the noted guide, scout, frontiersman, showman, actor, entrepreneur, town founder, and American icon.  Learn the story of Cody’s life and how it relates to the myth of the American West, and how, in an age without television or motion pictures, “Buffalo Bill” personified the enduring spirit of the American West.   After lunch, grab your camera for a breathtaking view of Shell Falls and the Bighorn National Forest before we arrive in Cody to overnight.

 

DAY 5 – Travel to Yellowstone National Park, where we will spend two nights at the Canyon Lodge.  We will stop at the beautiful Lake Yellowstone Hotel for an included lunch, and afterwards, our Park Guide will take us on a tour through the park to see the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, including Upper and Lower Waterfalls, and the Norris Geyser basin, as time allows. 

 

DAY 6 - Take a full-day tour of Yellowstone National Park with our guide to visit Mammoth Hot Springs, a complex of hot springs on a hill of travertine, and the Tower-Roosevelt area, which contains the largest concentration of petrified trees in the world.  

 

DAY 7 – Before leaving Yellowstone, we’ll Old Faithful and Old Faithful Village, and the the Fountain Paint Pots.  Old Faithful Geyser is a highly predictable geothermal geyser, erupting up to 180 feet in the air  We’ll stop at Fountain Paint Pots, scattered over a fairly large area featuring regularly-erupting geysers, hot springs, and a fascinating mud pool which often strikes visitors as something from another world.  We’ll overnight in Jackson Falls.

 

DAY 8 – We’ll travel to Teton Village, the Swiss-Style resort village, to enjoy a morning Scenic Float Trip on the Snake River. The river runs through a pristine, natural landscape that is a special sanctuary to an abundance of wildlife, including the majestic bald eagle. The most prominent and impressive peaks in the Teton Range are ever present above you. This gentle 2-hour float is entirely located within the heart of the park.  Then, take a tram ride to the top of Rendezvous Peak in the Teton Range. This unforgettable ride whisks passengers an amazing 4,139 vertical feet for unbeatable 360 degree views of the Tetons and surrounding National Park below. You’ll have the afternoon at leisure in Jackson Hole. 

 

DAY 9 – Enjoy a relaxing morning before our early afternoon flight back to Boston.

 

We currently finalizing the details of this trip , and will have a full itinerary and pricing available in February. 

Please call to give us your name and we will send the details as soon as they are available.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
1 - Dennis Patriots Square, Route 134, South Dennis
On Stop & Shop side, park in lot closest to Rt 134
2 - Barnstable Barnstable Exit 6 Commuter Lot - behind
Burger King, wait at enclosures
3 - Sagamore Sagamore Commuter Lot at base of bridge
on NON Cape side, wait at enclosures
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