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Black Hills Sightseeing Tour: Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse

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Key Highlights

  • Mount Rushmore is one of America′s most defining landmarks
  • The Crazy Horse Memorial is a powerful tribute to the Native American tribes of the West
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?

    20 May - 30 Sep: Daily

    Duration

    9 hours

    Start time

    Start time: 0800hrs (08:00am)
    Duration: 9 hours

    Meeting Point

    Your hotel in Rapid City at 07:00am and Keystone, 1880 Train Depot at 08:00am.
    (We would require your hotel details in order to arrange your pick up. If you do not have this information at the time of booking, please contact the local activity operator at least 48 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details)

    Ending Point

    Your hotel in Rapid City / Keystone

  • Overview & Itinerary

    Overview

    The Black Hills region in Western South Dakota is a gallery of sky-piercing granite peaks and forested mountains.

    Tour this iconic stretch of the American frontier, where the ghosts of the Old West still linger and the country’s first Presidents are immortalized in stone.

    A scenic drive in Custer National Park reveals bison, white-tailed deer, and bighorn sheep grazing together on a lush and limitless sweep.

    Stand below the massively impressive Mount Rushmore, where the heads of four of America’s most important leaders are carved with striking precision from the face of a Granite mountain.

    Proceed to the Crazy Horse Memorial, another breathtaking stone monument created to honor the legacy of the first Americans.

    Itinerary

    An air-conditioned coach will pick up from your hotel in Rapid City or Keystone to kick off this Black Hills Tour. You will be treated to a recorded narration during the tour that will shed light on the many sights along the way.

    See the incomparable Mount Rushmore, where 60-foot tall renderings of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln stare out stoically from an immense granite mountain. This shrine to democracy is among America’s most recognizable landmarks, and its unmistakable message of Manifest Destiny still resonates across the plains of the Old West.

    Enjoy the Monumental Breakfast Special with biscuits & gravy, hash browns, eggs, sausage or bacon and a drink (select from: coffee, hot tea, hot chocolate or fountain drink).

    Continue down Iron Mountain Road, famous for its pig-tail bridges and tunnels that frame Mount Rushmore in the distance.

    Enjoy a scenic drive in Custer State Park, a wildlife preserve where prairie dogs squint in the sunlight and hungry mountain lions faithfully track the movements of deer and antelope.

    Re-energized, you set out for the Crazy Horse Memorial, another masterpiece of stone, depicting the great Lakota warrior riding a horse and pointing powerfully into the distance. It is the culmination of a 50-year effort begun in 1948 by sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski, who worked for a time on Mount Rushmore. Ziolkowski was commissioned by Chief Henry Standing Bear, who wanted a Native American luminary to be granted his rightful place in the pantheon of American heroes.

    Get ready to step back in time from your modern wheels to rails. Board the 1880 Train and glide over the rugged landscape aboard a vintage train, like those that helped settle the Great American West!

    You will be returned to your hotel in Rapid City or Keytone at tour’s end.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions

    Inclusions

    • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
    • Transportation by air-conditioned coach
    • Recorded narration on board the coach
    • breakfast
    • Entrance fee
    • 1880 Train
  • Please note & Additional info

    Please note

    Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming departure details.
    Pick up points include all motels/selected campgrounds in Rapid City and Keystone, South Dakota.

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have