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Spotlight on South Dakota

featuring Mount Rushmore & The Badlands
7 DAYS
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$3,239 pp*
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*Rate is per person, land only, double occupancy.

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Discover the spirit of the American West and come to know the legends of the past. Discover the stories of the Lakota and Sioux through a Native American chronicler and a visit to a Oglala Lakota Living History Village. See Crazy Horse Memorial, the world’s largest mountain sculpture still in progress. Visit iconic Mt. Rushmore. Journey through the natural beauty of Badlands National Park and stop to browse at Wall Drug. Explore historic Deadwood, the former home of Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane. Choose how you delve into the local history, with a tour of the Adams Museum in Deadwood or at the exhibit Tatanka: Story of the Bison. Travel the backcountry of Custer State Park on a Jeep safari. Marvel at Devils Tower, the country’s first National Monument. Rapid City is your gateway into wild landscapes and historical landmarks.

Your Tour Includes
  • 1 Handpicked Accommodations
  • 9 Meals
  • 2 Choice on Tour Options
Included Highlights
  • Mount Rushmore
  • Oglala Lakota Living History Village
  • Badlands National Park
  • Wall Drug

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Your Tour at a Glance

Stay

7 Days

6 Nights


Meals

9 Meals

6 Breakfasts

3 Dinners


Activity

2 - Moderate

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Rating

68 reviews
Overall Trip Rating
4.6
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Based on 68 independent reviews
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    All of our stops were fantastic
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    Everything about this trip exceeded expectations. The itinerary, the tour manager, and the bus driver could not have been better. They both went above and beyond every day. And every day the excursions were more than I expected. I would recommend this trip to anyone.
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    5star
    I got to see a lot of things I wouldn’t have been able to on my own. My tour manager was fun and I really enjoyed going to Badlands national park. We stopped at a few places that were surprise like Chapel in the Hills and I learned a lot about where we went.
    Natasha Oshinski
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    5star
    The Tour guide was the best very nice bus. Beautiful country
    Wanita Rahn
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    5star
    Planed out well very friendly
    Reiser Rahn
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    4star
    Accommodations awful , dogs barking at 5;00 a.m. loud kids, no place to have a nice meal, nothing to do, far out of town. Location, location, NOT happening at the Marriot Hotel where you had us stay for the week.
    Judy Carter
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    Very well planned. Guide was very knowledgeable and informative. Our bus driver was excellent.
    Donna Martin
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    Guide, Steve, and driver, Scott, were excellent. Tour hit all the right spots and provided enough time at each attraction as well as for meals. Seeing Mount Rushmore, particularly the night lighting ceremony was great as was the Jeep tour of Custer State Park. The ancillary speakers were very good as well.. Would have liked more at the Minuteman Silo site.
    Mark Weissman
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    5star
    IT WAS OUR FIRST TIME IN THE AREA AND WE APPRECIATED THE COMPLETNESS OF THE TOUR.
    Ruth-Elin *Prefix Riley
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    The tour manager was the best we’ve ever had! He was one step ahead of us regarding our every need and want. The driver was great too. Every day was extremely well planned, and not a touring minute was wasted.
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    4star
    My. Rushmore ceremony and lighting at night
    Diane Michelmore
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    4star
    I very much enjoyed the Shoot out in Deadwood
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  • Trip Rating:
    4star
    Everything was perfect except the hotel and breakfast. Poor location, poor quality breakfast, sink in our room smelled so badly, we couldn't use it and needed to keep it plugged to hide the odor.
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    4star
    Hotel and breakfast was not good. location was poor and not easy to find dinner during our free evenings. no decent place close by.
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    Well-organized, on time everywhere, great accommodations, knowledgeable tour guide, good mix of events
    Walt Osborne
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    Steve our tour director was fabulous!! Loved Mt Rushmore
    Jill Stern
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    5star
    Staying at a central motel. Able to adjust the schedule to meet the requirements of the tour group. The courtesy of the bus driver and tour guide.
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    Great trip. Enjoyed everything
    Richard Davis
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    Sherry the bus driver was great, knowledgeable and accommodating. Eric the tour guide was excellent. He was very knowledgeable and had lots of literature for us to use. I was reluctant at first as to wether I should go on this trip or not, but it turned out to be a great trio. I enjoyed everything and learned a lot.
    Judith Davis
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    Excellent experience. Tour guide was very knowledgeable. It was nice to stay at one hotel and take trips from there.
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    the director and the program were fantastic. Thus was one of the best tours I have been for a long while.
    Terry DiGruttolo
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    Very well organized. Erik did an outstanding job. Everyone was extremely satisfied with everything. Sherry the bus driver was. spot on . The bus was always clean and a pleasure to ride on. Looking forward to my next Collette trip.
    Lawrence Kessler
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    Meeting up with friends from Scotland and Wales. It was wonderful to be able to stay at one location for the entire trip
    Nevin Cherry
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    Wonderful experience only complaint is Charlotte airport
    Henry Bergfelder
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    Great trip, tour director great' To bad we had to experience the Charlotte airport
    Antoinette Bergfelder
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    Tour covered everything we wanted to see, was well organized and generally enjoyable.
    Mary Ann Pumilia
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    4star
    I was disappoointed I was disappointed in the Crazy Horse memorial. I had been there before and it wasn't any further along than it was when I was there 10 years ago.
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    I had the most wonderful trip of a lifetime......Our tour manager and driver were excelent.....It was one of the most enjoyable trips I,ve evere been on....Looking forward to the next one....
    Hugh Doran
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    Excellent service overall.
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    I had a wonderful time, and saw some great places. We were treated very well and I felt very safe like traveling with friends.
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    Rapid City area is a great destination. I loved everyday of the tour and we had wonderful weather for all activities. Our tour manager was one of the best. Joel was patient,efficient,helpful and knowledgeable.
    Kristy Williams
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    Well planned and conducted tour. Good hotel for amenities. One hotel for all destinations was a plus, since there was no packing and unpacking after one or two night’s stay. As for location, the hotel was not very good for accessibility to shops or restaurants, the rides to downtown in the evening for those counterbalanced the deficiency. Tour Director, Joel was great. He had a wealth of information regarding the location and visited places. Our driver Sherry was helpful and had good knowledge of the direction. Overall this tour was superb.
    Dipak Bagchi
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    The only thing I would have changed is the breakfast at the hotel and the change of planes. We nearly missed our connection. Running to make it was not fun.
    Linda Ledbetter
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    Everything was well organized and lots of fun.
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  • Trip Rating:
    3star
    The tour guide can make or break a tour. If they are not informative or give contradictory information that causes confusion then we are left to worry which directions we need to follow. Tari was not a good guide.
    Brenda Moore
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    3star
    I have spoken with "Ann" at (401) 335-6203 extensively on all aspects of the tour : travel - to/from and during, hotel, venues, food options, and Tour Manager.
    John Lebourgeois
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    3star
    The communication with the office/agents was poor. I was asked 4 times about our travel, I sent all the requested information every time and did not get any confirmation that it was received or not. I called two day before our scheduled departure. I waited on hold for 20 minutes to speak to an agent. I find out a travel package was sent that we did not receive. We did not get the trip schedule, name tags or vouchers etc. We arrived at Rapid City, SD airport to discover the shuttle did not have our name listed to take us to hotel. The tour manager and bus driver were both excellent. The shuttle back to the airport after the tour was just as bad as our arrival
    Robert Gross
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    Everything was planned so well I just sat back and deeply enjoyed my vacation!!!
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    Everything was so well coordinated and went off just as planned. The tour was great, and the tour guide and bus driver went above and beyond!
    Karla Ralston
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    Mount Rushmore and a well organized tour.
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    Excellent and easy Tour manager was terrific
    Cynthia Zuppardo
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    The tour guide abd the history were great.
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    Everything was great, a wonderful experience!
    John Ray
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    It was well organized, well paced and truly enjoyable!
    Susana Bouza
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    Loved SD. Great people- tour manager and tour bus driver A special effort was made to get us back to MT Rushmore when it was completely fogged in on scheduled day
    Marcia Dunne
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    The tour was very informative. The tour manager was courteous, professional, and fun. Our favorite part of the tour was the Badlands.
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    The tour guide was very knowledgeable and the sites were memorable.
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    Great venues and wonderful people!
    Robert Sandewicz
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    We thought it was a really nice tour. Saw a lot. Weather was nice. Tour guide and bus driver were fantastic. We loved it.
    John Corbo
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    Tour guide And bus driver very good. First bus tour we took. He kept us busy and trip was worthwhile. Even air flights were good.
    Trudy Telychka
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    It was a wonderful tour, very informative, well organized and everyone was very professional.
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  • Trip Rating:
    4star
    Hotel was too far from rapid city. Nothing within walking distance.
    Frank Lembo
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  • Trip Rating:
    4star
    Hotel was to far away from city.
    Patti Lembo
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  • Trip Rating:
    4star
    Tour guide not the best I have had.
    Jane Golden
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  • Trip Rating:
    4star
    Several places were closed because of the time of year
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  • Trip Rating:
    3star
    Not at hotel in town where we thought we would be staying. To go anywhere on our own we needed to hire an uber. Since most dinner meals not included, this was a problem.
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    trip was carefree Tour Manager was beyond excellent
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    Our tour manager (bryce Hill) was excellent. knowledgeable, friendly, Very knowledgeable of the area. Very personable. Our plane reservations got messed up when we arrived but he was able to meet us at our hotel (a day early!!!). Very accommodating to everyone. I think we were one of the last people to leave (at the airport) and he was there to "check us off" his list.
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  • Trip Rating:
    4star
    Hotel location **** and food was horrible
    Malgorzata Huntbach
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    Great tour and tour manager. I learned alot that I didn't know before, and the accommodations were very nice. It was a very enjoyable tour.
    Judith Mueller
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  • Trip Rating:
    4star
    Accommodations were too far from town and any walkable restaurants
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    I loved all the places we went to on the trip. They were well chosen and very enjoyable. I also liked the fact that we stayed in one hotel throughout the trip. It was nice not to have to keep packing and moving. Our tour guide Todd was awesome! He was incredibly helpful and positive throughout the entire trip. He made time for each and every person on the trip. And lastly (but certainly not least!), our tour bus driver, Sherrie, was the best driver ever. She was so professional and I never felt uncomfortable or nervous for even one moment.
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    Todd was a great tour guide who was a good communicator. The Bus Driver was also very good and a pleasure to be with. All of the people on the tour were pleasant to be with and there were no complainers. Seeing the National and state parks was a great experience that all Americans should do!
    Wayne Jay Galler
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  • Trip Rating:
    4star
    The tour itself was five-stars-awesome. Airline travel to and from was zero-stars-awful. Shame on American Airlines for the way they treat their customers. (Check the JD Power review) Mount Rushmore at night was an unexpected goodie. Lots of other "enrichment" stops added greatly to the overall experience. Our driver was a real professional- I didn't know that it's even possible to parallel-park a fifty passenger coach. Breakfast's at the hotel could have been a little better.
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    Tina is a great tour guide. Sherry our bus driver is excellent. The whole package was superb. We enjoyed the whole trip.
    Jose Vijungco
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    It was a great trip with a lot of places to see.
    Doris Onstine
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    See all the wonderful sights of South Dakota in a short time.
    Leroy Onstine
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    Saw a great variety in the area.

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