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Spotlight on South Dakota

Spotlight on South Dakota

featuring Mount Rushmore & The Badlands


featuring Mount Rushmore & The Badlands

Highlights…Crazy Horse Memorial, Mount Rushmore, Badlands National Park,

Wall Drug, Devils Tower National Monument, Choice on Tour, Black Hills Gold,

 Needles Highway, Custer State Park, Deadwood, High Plains Heritage Center


Discover the spirit of the American West. Travel to the legendary Black Hills and see the American prairie as it was 300 years ago. Explore the legends of the city of Deadwood, home to Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane. Travel the backcountry of Custer State Park and along the impressive Needles Highway lined with famous granite spires. Visit magnificent Mt. Rushmore. See Crazy Horse Memorial, the world’s largest mountain sculpture still in progress. Marvel at Devil’s Tower, the country’s first National Monument. Journey through the natural beauty of Badlands National Park and stop to browse at Wall Drug. Discover the fascinating history and stories of the Lakota and Sioux through a Native American chronicler and visits to Tatanka: Story of the Bison and the High Plains Heritage Center.


Collette Experiences

  • 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.

Must See Inclusions

  • Travel to the otherworldly Badlands National Park.

  • Visit epic Mount Rushmore.

  • Explore Deadwood, a National Historic Landmark.

Culinary Inclusions

  • Delight in the local flavors during a Western dinner show.


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Departure Date:

Friday, July 17 - Thursday, July 23, 2020

Friday, July 17

Day 1: 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.


Sat. July 18, 2020

Rapid City - Mt. Rushmore - Crazy Horse - Rapid City

Learn the history of some enterprising Westerners during a visit to the Chapel in the Hills. Then, visit Crazy Horse Memorial and learn the story behind the world’s largest, still-in-progress 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. Next, head for the 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.


Sun. July 19, 2020

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 has barely changed since 1936. Do a little browsing, have a seat at the soda fountain, and take some time for lunch.


Mon. July 20, 2020

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, where it's your choice! Hike the 1.3 mile Tower Trail around the base of the monument - OR - explore the exhibits at the visitor's center to learn about the natural and cultural history of the park. 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

Tues. July 21,2020

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. 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.


Wed. July 22, 2020

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-the-century 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

Thurs. July 23, 2020

Rapid City - Tour Ends

Your tour comes to a close today.


B=Breakfast, D=Dinner

Cost Per Person

$2899.00 pp Double Occupancy

$2869.00 pp Triple Occupancy

$3549.00 Single Occupancy

For bookings made after January 22, 2020, please call for rates.


Package Includes:

  • Round trip Motorcoach Transportation to Philadelphia Int’l Airport

  • Round trip air from Philadelphia Int’l Airport

  • Air Taxes and Fees/Surcharges (subject to increase until paid in full)

  • Hotel Transfers

  • Hotel Accommodations/Hotel Taxes

-          Day 1-6 – Hilton Garden Inn Rapid City, Rapid City, South Dakota

(On Some dates alternate hotels may be used)

  • Sightseeing and Admission Charges (as outlined in itinerary)

  • Baggage Handling

  • 6 Breakfasts

  • 3 Dinners

  • Tour Escorted by a Collette Vacations Tour Manager     


If interested please call or stop in for a more detailed itinerary!



***Collette Vacations optional Cancellation Waiver and Insurance $275.00 PP

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
R & J Lot R & J Lot, RT 183, Cressona, PA
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