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 & the Grand Tetons National Parks
Monday, June 10 Wednesday, June 19
Were headed back out to the wild west on this getaway to the Badlands & Black Hills of South Dakota, Yellowstone National Park & the Grand Tetons National Park, so grab your cowboy hat and come on along!
DAY 1 Well fly from Boston to Rapid City, where we will stay for three nights. Airfare is included in your package.
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 worlds richest fossil beds. The parks 244,000 acres protect an expanse of mixed-grass prairie where bison, bighorn sheep, prairie dogs, and black-footed ferrets live today. Well 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 well 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. B,D
DAY 3 - Visit the Crazy Horse Memorial that honors the culture, tradition and living heritage of North American Indians. View progress on the worlds largest mountain sculpture as they carve the memorial to the spirit of legendary Lakota leader Crazy Horse. Well travel into the Black Hills 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, well 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 nations past presidents that line the streets and sidewalks. B,L
DAY 4 Well 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. B
DAY 5 - 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 Codys 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. Enjoy the Cody Night Rodeo! B, D
DAY 6 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. B. L
DAY 7 - 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. B,D
DAY 8 Before leaving Yellowstone, well visit Old Faithful and Old Faithful Village, as well as the Fountain Paint Pots. Old Faithful Geyser is a highly predictable geothermal geyser, erupting up to 180 feet in the air Well 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. Well overnight in Jackson Falls. B
DAY 9 Well 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. Youll have the afternoon at leisure in Jackson Hole. Enjoy a farewell dinner at the Wort Hotel. B, D
DAY 10 Enjoy a relaxing morning before our early afternoon flight back to Boston.
$ 3,699 per person, double occupancy, $ 4,799 single occupancy.
Ø Nine nights hotel, including two nights at the Canyon Lodge in Yellowstone Park
Ø 15 meals
Ø baggage handling at each property
Ø Badlands National Park admission
Ø Ben Reifel Visitor Center
Ø Wall Drug
Ø Mount Rushmore National Monument patriotic lighting ceremony
Ø Crazy Horse Memorial
Ø Custr State Park
Ø Buffalo Safari tour
Ø Iron Mountain Road
Ø Devils Tower
Ø Kevin Costners Original Deadwood Tour
Ø Buffalo Bill Center of the West with cowboy show
Ø Cody Night Rodeo
Ø Shell Falls and the Bighorn National Forest
Ø Yellowstone National Park full day and half day tours and admission
Ø Teton Village
Ø Scenic Float Trip on the Snake River
Ø tram ride to the top of Rendezvous Peak
Round trip airfare from Boston.
DEPOSITS AND PAYMENTS:
A $ 100 per person deposit is required to reserve the trip
Final payment is due March 10, 2019
Full refund for cancellations 45 days or more prior to departure
No refund for cancellations 44 days or less prior to departure
Deluxe Insurance is available and recommended for this tour
The cost is $ 242 per person, double occupancy and $ 319 for single occupancy
Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.
Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.
|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
|No Bus|| No Bus |
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