Black Hills & Badlands
May 5, 2022 thru May 10, 2022
Venture north with us to the Black Hills of South Dakota and explore the amazing Badlands. See awe-inspiring National Monuments like Mt. Rushmore and Crazy Horse, visit famous towns from the old west, see beautiful wildlife and even prehistoric mammoth remains on this unforgettable tour.
Roundtrip air transportation to Rapid City* included
With socially distanced seating
1880 Train of the Black Hills scenic ride included!
6 days, 5 nights
Activity Level 3
9 meals (5 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners) included
Limited to 38 travelers
Livery to/from your home included
- Mount Rushmore National Memorial
- Journey Museum
- 1880 Train
- Hot Springs Mammoth Site
- Custer State Park
- Crazy Horse Memorial
- Badlands National Park
- Roundtrip airfare from Tucson to Rapid City*
- All motorcoach transportation
- Pick-up/livery service
- 5 nights lodging
- 9 meals (5 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners)
- Admissions & tours as described
- Services of a Tour Director
- Baggage handling
- Coach refreshments
- Taxes & gratuities for included items
Day 1 – Travel to South Dakota
We fly to Rapid City and check in for our 5-night stay at the Rushmore Hotel, in its ideal location in the center of Rapid City and near some of the most spectacular sites in the world. Take the afternoon to get settled or explore the town before a group welcome dinner. (D)
Day 2 – Mount Rushmore
We begin the day with a drive through Bear Country USA Drive-Through Wildlife Park to see the many bears, wolves, elk and other wildlife found in this park nestled on 250 acres of Black Hills beauty. Then we visit the famed shrine of democracy, Mount Rushmore National Memorial, whose 60 ft granite faces were completed in 1941. See the memorial, explore the museum and have an independent lunch. Afterwards, we tour the Black Hills Gold Factory to watch up-close and learn the details of how gold jewelry is made using the ancient process of lost-wax casting. This afternoon we visit the Journey Museum, which brings together four major prehistoric and historic collections to tell the story of the Western Great Plains. From the dinosaurs that roamed the area, to the Native Americans and homesteaders who shaped the Black Hills, the museum offers great insights into the legacy of the land and its people. (B)
Day 3 – The 1880 Train & Deadwood
This morning we board the 1880 Train of the Black Hills Central Railroad for the spectacular mountain scenery found along the tracks, laid in the 1880s to service the area mines. We enjoy free time for shopping in the rugged town of Keystone. A drive through scenic Spearfish Canyon brings us to Tatanka: Story of the Bison, founded by Kevin Costner, which pays tribute to the North American Bison and its cultural significance, with a larger-than-life bronze sculpture featuring 14 bison pursued by three Native American horseback riders. In historic Deadwood, we visit Mount Moriah Cemetery, known as “Boot Hill,” home to the graves of Old West legends like Calamity Jane and Wild Bill Hickok. We have plenty of time to explore the town, see the local street shows and have a steakhouse dinner. (B,D)
Day 4 – Mammoth Site, Custer State Park & Crazy Horse Memorial
Our day starts in Hot Springs, home to the Mammoth Site. This excavation site – world’s largest of its kind – features the fossils of fifty-eight woolly mammoths. Then travel into Custer State Park, home of the nation’s largest bison herd. We have lunch at the State Game Lodge before climbing aboard the park’s Jeeps for a tour among the bison herd. At the Crazy Horse Memorial, a bus takes you to the base of the carving for an up-close view of the still-in-progress, world’s largest mountainside sculpture, started in 1941. (B,L)
Day 5 – Badlands National Park
We begin the day at the Chapel in the Hills, an exact reproduction of the famous Borgund Stave Church of Laerdal, Norway, built around 1180 and dedicated to the Apostle Andrew. We stop at famed Wall Drug Store, a unique shopping emporium featuring western clothing and Native American pottery, and a favorite watering hole since the 1930s. Enjoy time for shopping and lunch on your own. Then, a local guide takes us through Badlands National Park, a uniquely beautiful geologic area formed over millions of years by wind, rain and erosion. Later, we return to Rapid City for a farewell dinner. (B,D)
Day 6 – Travel Home
After breakfast we make our way to the airport to travel home, with the experiences of the Black Hills indelibly inked on our memories. (B)
Option: Continue your western adventure by adding the Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks tour. You’ll fly to Salt Lake City instead of Tucson to join the other group. Contact our office for details!
Itinerary subject to change.
Holiday Inn Rushmore Plaza
Rapid City, SD
$2,970 per person
$3,379 per person
Roundtrip airfare from Tucson to Rapid City*
All motorcoach transportation
5 nights lodging
9 meals (5 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners)
Admissions & tours as described
Services of a Tour Director
Taxes & gratuities for included items
We pride ourselves on great service and an enjoyable experience for all and are happy to go over our booking policies with you. If you’d like to learn more about our booking policies before your trip, give us a call at 520.325.8839, or visit our Booking Policies page.
We recommend that all travelers purchase a travel protection plan to help protect themselves and their trip investment. Travel protection plans can provide coverage for trip cancellation, trip interruption, emergency medical expenses and emergency evacuation/repatriation, trip delay, baggage delay, and more. For your convenience, we offer the following plan for this tour:
ADULT GROUP CHOICE
360° Adult Group Choice Flyer– Provides an overview of benefits and coverage limits
360° Adult Group Choice Policy – Provides the full coverage term details, including exclusions and limitations
$187 covers trip costs $2001 – $3000. Cost may be more or less depending on your total trip cost. If you do not wish to purchase at booking, the plan can be purchased any time prior to final payment.
Contact us to purchase. If you have questions about coverage, please review the policy or contact Travelex Insurance Services at 888.574.7026 or email email@example.com. Travelex Insurance Services, Inc. CA Agency License #0D10209. Travel Insurance is underwritten by Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Company; NAIC #22276. RWF
ACTIVITY LEVEL RATING
Level 3: Moderate
Expectations: Expect a moderate amount of walking. There will be time to rest on the coach and between attractions. To enjoy this tour, you should be prepared to walk slightly longer distances, climb stairs and tolerate periods of standing, for example on city walks, sightseeing stops or ship excursions. The daily pace and timing can fluctuate significantly between longer and shorter travel days, with additional activities possibly occurring in the early morning or evening. There may be some changes in altitude or temperatures.
Appropriate for: Most travelers beginning with those who are moderately fit, lead semi-active lives, are comfortable participating in long days of activities and expect some physical exertion.
Visit our Activity Level Ratings page for full information on the ratings system.
For your reference, we send to you a detailed itinerary approximately 3-4 weeks prior to the scheduled tour departure. This has a day-by-day breakdown of times and events, and hotel information where you can be reached in case of an emergency.
The times listed on the itinerary are all approximate. We cannot be held responsible for schedule changes due to unforeseen circumstances with the weather, transportation agents, highway conditions, hotels or contracting agents.
It is always a good idea to carry on your person a list of medications that you are taking and an emergency contact phone number while you are traveling. And we suggest making a copy of the itinerary and providing it to a friend or family member.
You will be issued your boarding pass the morning of our departure, after your arrival at the Tucson International Airport. If you have an United Airlines frequent flyer number, or a TSA number, please call our office at least 3 days prior to the tour to ensure we can note these in your reservation.
If you are joining the tour from locations other than Tucson, we make other arrangements for you to join the tour. Please call our office for more details.
Do not forget to bring your government issued picture ID to show at the airport. A Driver’s License or Passport is preferred. If you do not have the proper ID, the airline will turn you away.
We have arranged for handling for one piece of luggage per person regarding the skycaps (where available) and hotels. If you check through luggage note that the maximum weight for the checked piece of luggage is 50 pounds and maximum size is 62 inches (length + width + height). If your bag weighs over 50 pounds the airlines will levy an extra fee that you will be responsible to pay. If you feel the need to lock your checked through luggage and your bag is searched, your lock could be damaged in the process. You can purchase a TSA (Transportation Security Administration) accepted and recognized lock at any luggage store. Make sure you ask for a TSA approved lock. These locks are the kind that TSA screeners can open by using a special tool without breaking. Passengers can carry-on 1 bag (dimensions are limited to 10x16x24 inches), plus a personal type bag, like a purse. We advise that you pack your carry-on lightly. There are restrictions regarding your carryon baggage and contents due to enhanced security
measures. Attached find a list regarding commonly asked about items as well as an update. If you have further concerns, please visit the TSA's Web-site at www.tsa.gov. There is room inside the motorcoach for your hand carried bag.
CHECKED BAGGAGE FEES
On United Airlines our airline for this tour, passengers are assessed a $35 fee per checked in bag, by the Airlines, upon checking in for the flight.
GRATUITIES/ITEMS INCLUDED IN PRICE
All hotel baggage handling fees are included. We also include basic gratuities for the Tour Director, Coach Driver, Livery Drivers and local Tour Guides. If someone has truly gone above and beyond additional tipping is permitted, but never required. Hotel housekeeping tips are not included.
For your convenience, we have a (round-tour) door-to-door pickup service with each multi-day tour. (This service is not available to all clients depending on your location.) Approximately 2 to 3 days prior to the departure date you will receive a call from our office and we will tell you your assigned pickup time. (These times can vary up to 15 minutes depending on traffic.)
With passenger health in mind, we are not currently offering daily seat rotation. You will have an assigned seat and boarding order to allow for social distancing among passengers. At booking let us know if you prefer Front, Middle or Back of motorcoach. Each section comprises 4 to 5 rows. We will try to accommodate all requests. If we are unable to honor all requests, preference will be given based on date of your tour deposit.
At time of booking or as soon as possible please notify us of mobility limitations or food allergies. We will forward these to restaurants and attractions as needed. Please also let us know if you have dietary preferences. We usually can accommodate vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free diets.
We pay close attention to your requests but please realize that these are merely requests and cannot be guaranteed. If you would like to request special accommodations at the hotel(s) where we are lodging, please let us know at booking or as soon as possible and we will forward these requests for you. The phone numbers of the hotel(s) where we are staying will be listed on the itinerary sent to you before the tour.
Many hotels around the country have instituted a "reconditioning fee" of $300 or more that is levied upon a guest that smokes in a non-smoking room. If this occurs during our tour you will be responsible for paying this fee to the hotel prior to check-out.
Pleasurebent Tours acts solely as an agent in arranging hotels, transportation, sightseeing, baggage-handling, and other services and does not assume any liability for injury, damage, loss or delay due to any act or default of any company or person. We, along with our subcontractors, reserve the right to make changes to an itinerary if it is necessary for the proper handling of a tour.
WEATHER AND CLOTHING/MISC. SUGGESTIONS
Early May is a great time to travel to South Dakota. Weather averages around 60 degrees during day and low 40's at night. We advise you to check the forecast as we get closer to the tour date. Please be sure to bring a light winter jacket, sweater, along with good walking shoes, a hat and gloves. There are no dress codes for the areas we take you on this tour.