Day 1: We depart this morning on an exciting tour to the famous Black Hills of South Dakota. We spend the night in Elkhart, IN.
Day 2: We travel to Chicago, where upon arrival our local guide will show us the highlights of the “Windy City.” We also view Chicago from a unique perspective aboard an architectural boat tour that showcases the magnificent buildings of Chicago. Tonight you will be our guests for dinner at the popular Wildfire Restaurant. (B, D)
Day 3: Following breakfast, check out and travel to the Wisconsin Dells. Upon arrival, climb aboard a cruise boat for a one-hour cruise of the Lower Dells, then enjoy some free time in the area. Lodging tonight is in the Wisconsin Dells with dinner at a local restaurant. (B, D)
Day 4: After breakfast, check out and head west to Mitchell, SD, where you will visit the a-maze-ing Corn Palace before checking into your lodging. Dinner is included this evening. (B, D)
Day 5: Enjoy breakfast, then check out and depart westward, traveling through the Badlands National Park with a stop at the visitor’s center. Continue to your lodging in the Rapid City area, where dinner awaits. After dinner, depart to see the Lighting Ceremony on Mt. Rushmore. (B, D)
Day 6: After breakfast, depart with your local guide and return to Mt. Rushmore National Memorial to walk the President’s Trail. Stop at Crazy Horse Memorial and visit the Museum of the North American Indian. Visit Custer State Park and take the Buffalo Safari Jeep Tour, followed by a Chuckwagon Cookout adventure. (B, D)
Day 7: Arise to breakfast, then meet your guide and head for a visit to the Journey Museum, where you can explore the heritage of the cultures of the Black Hills region. Visit the Mt. Rushmore Black Hills Gold Factory, then depart for Historic Deadwood (the West doesn’t get any wilder) and Mt. Moriah Cemetery (burial site of Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane). Dinner is in Deadwood at the Silverado Casino (or comparable restaurant), then return to your lodging for a restful night. (B, D)
Day 8: Following breakfast, check out and travel east, stopping at Wall Drug where you’ll find a little bit of everything! Al’s Oasis is a great place to stop for lunch, some “5-cent coffee” and souvenirs before continuing to Sioux Falls, SD for dinner and lodging. (B, D)
Day 9: Breakfast, then travel to Davenport, Iowa. Dinner is included this evening, then try your luck at a riverfront casino. (B, D)
Day 10: We continue our journey eastbound with an overnight stop in the Toledo area. During our trip, we visit Notre Dame University for a tour of this famous campus. (B)
Day 11: We complete the final leg of our journey, taking with us beautiful memories of our vacation in the Black Hills of South Dakota.