Theodore Roosevelt National Park, Mt. Rushmore and Crazy Horse
- Relive the passion and excitement of the Western Expansion with the Medora Musical
- Get a sense of the wide open plains of North Dakota, with roaming herds of buffalo and wild horses during your visit to Theodore Roosevelt National Park
- Experience the grandeur of Crazy Horse National Monument (above right) as you stand on the carving, viewing the lands of Crazy Horse’s people
- Visit Mt. Rushmore, both during the day and at night, for a patriotic tribute to the United States
- Thrill to the beauty of the Black Hills as you ride in jeeps across the hills -this is truly the where buffalo roam and antelope play
- Roundtrip airfare to Bismarck/from Rapid City
Fly to Bismarck, the capital of North Dakota. Your accommodations are centrally located. Radisson Hotel – 2 nights (L)
Located on the Missouri River, the area around Bismarck played an important role in Lewis and Clark’s expedition. It was home to one of the western-most forts during later expansion efforts. Tour General George Armstrong Custer’s home at Fort Abraham Lincoln, stroll Mandan villages, and visit the North Dakota Heritage Center. (FB,L)
Follow in the footsteps of Lewis and Clark to Knife Village, a reconstructed Mandan village. This is where their expedition spent its first winter as the party searched for the waterway that would lead to the Pacific. As you walk through the village you will learn about the importance of this winter layover and the culture of the people who meant so much to the expedition. Tonight, the history of the expansion comes alive at the Medora Musical. This pageant has been capturing the essence of the west for many decades. Rough Rider Hotel – 2 nights (FB,L,D)
Join Cowboy Lyle as he spins tales and weaves the history of the west into your visit to Theodore Roosevelt National Park this morning. Keep your eyes open for buffalo and wild horses. And yes, you are apt to fall in love with the little prairie dogs too… Merriweather Lewis certainly did. This afternoon spend time in Medora, celebrating the lives or TR and the many others who fell in love with and were ultimately shaped by the West. Visit Chateau de Mores for an example of the “good life” in the West. (L)
A day of transition as you move from the grasslands of western North Dakota into the Black Hills of South Dakota. Stop in small towns along the way to get a sense of life in the Dakotas both past and present. Tonight, dinner at the Bay Leaf Cafe features the state fish, walleye. Hampton Inn Spearfish (L,D)
The Black Hills were sacred mountains to the Lakota Sioux. Today they are home to monumental tributes to both the leaders of the United States and the Sioux nation. Mt. Rushmore celebrates our birth, growth and tribulations of a young country. Crazy Horse, a monument still in the making, pays homage to the leader of the Sioux. Both monuments are breathtaking and awe-inspiring. At Custer State Park, thrill to the wildlife that calls these hills home as you travel across the rolling hills by jeep. Palmer Gulch Lodge – 2 nights (2B,L)
There is one more drive through the hills of South Dakota as we make our way to Rapid City, the city of presidents. A brief stop to explore its many statues and then it is off to the airport. May you return home with a greater appreciation of the history and culture of the Dakotas. (B)
Featuring Tioga Pass and Bodie State Historical Park
Featuring covered, reserved seating for the Grand Floral Parade
First offered as a holiday excursion in 2013, it has been often requested by our Christmas crowd ever since, so we are pleased to bring A Coos Bay Christmas back for a return engagement.
This is an all-coach trip. Travel north to Ashland/Medford the first day. There’s a lunch break in Redding and tonight you’ll partake in the annual Christmas Feast at the Winchester Inn. The six-course meal comes with carolers and costumed staff.
The next morning (Christmas Eve), before departing for the coast, make an early morning visit to Harry & David’s. As is our Christmas shopping tradition, we have negotiated a little gift card to get you started on your expedition. Travel to the coast, stopping in Bandon at Washed Ashore, a most unique place that makes art out of ocean trash. At Cranberry Sweets, your sponsored-shopping activities continue. Finish the day at The Mill Casino/Hotel in Coos Bay. Dinner tonight is a Crab Fest (other options available), as the Dungeness season will have just started.
Christmas Day brings our legendary White Elephant Gift Exchange, an ecological tour of the area and a visit to Shore Acres State Park. Not only is there an interesting story, there is a wonderful display of Christmas lights. A holiday feast is planned.
The trip home takes you down the Oregon Coast, with shopping stops at Misty Meadows Jams and the House of Myrtlewood. Spend the night in Eureka and head home through the redwoods.
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