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National Parks Wonders with Black Hills Pow Wow

9 Days from $2,475 per person

Style: First Class | Pace: Active

Journey past the icy peaks of the Grand Tetons, bubbling mudpots of Yellowstone and lawless backwater towns, where the legends of Wild Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane and Crazy Horse once ruled. On this special departure, experience the Black Hills Pow Wow, one of the premier Native American cultural events in the United States, attracting hundreds of dancers, singers, artisans and several thousand spectators form across several U.S. states and Canadian provinces.

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Overview

Journey past the icy peaks of the Grand Tetons, bubbling mudpots of Yellowstone and lawless backwater towns, where the legends of Wild Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane and Crazy Horse once ruled. On this special departure, experience the Black Hills Pow Wow, one of the premier Native American cultural events in the United States, attracting hundreds of dancers, singers, artisans and several thousand spectators form across several U.S. states and Canadian provinces.

  1. The gateway to Utah and center of the Mormon faith extends its signature 'Our City, Your City' warm welcome as you prepare to embark on your in-depth journey through America's West. Explore Salt Lake City on your terms before meeting your Travel Director and fellow travelers for a Welcome Reception.

    meal(s):Welcome Reception
    hotel:Sheraton Salt Lake City
  2. Saddle up for a wild ride back to a time when brave pioneers loaded their wagons and head West. Experience the grueling 2,000 mile trek first-hand at the Oregon Trail Center in Idaho, sit around the campfire and gain insights into the daily lives of America's early explorers. Enjoy lunch in a covered wagon-themed restaurant before continuing to Jackson. Ascend to the summit of Rendezvous Mountain, boarding an Aerial Tram (seasonal) for staggering panoramic views of Snake River Valley and the Tetons.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast, Lunch
    hotel:The Lodge at Jackson Hole
  3. Spend a full day at leisure connecting with the dazzling natural scenery of Grand Teton National Park. Enjoy a challenging hike or consider an optional guided float trip down the Snake River (seasonal). This evening, join your Travel Director and travel companions for a Chuckwagon Regional Meal.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast, Regional Meal
  4. We continue our exploration of the Tetons this morning before heading to the UNESCO-listed Yellowstone National Park. Your encounter with its geothermal wonders will leave you in awe. Witness Old Faithful's waters arc high into the air as it has done approximately every 90 minutes since the Washburn Expedition discovered it. We stay amidst the colorful pools of hotsprings, mudpots and geysers tonight at one of the park's signature lodges.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel:National Park Lodges
  5. Keep a keen eye out for bison, grizzlies and elk as you journey through Hayden Valley en route to the rusting walls of Yellowstone's Grand Canyon. Drive along Dunraven Pass and past Montana's Lamar Valley, home to herds of elk, bison and grizzlies. Admire the gentle cascade of water running down the multi-colored mineral terraces of Mammoth Hot Springs as they descend into the valley.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast
  6. Gain insights into the history of the American West at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody. This evening, we Connect with Locals and enjoy a traditional Western-style Be My Guest dinner.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel:Holiday Inn Sheridan
  7. Proclaimed by Theodore Roosevelt as America's first national monument, the majestic Devils Tower rises nearly 1,300 feet (396 meters) above the Belle Fourche River. After exploring the area, head into the Black Hills of South Dakota and the boomtown of Deadwood, which arose after the discovery of gold in the 1870s. In Deadwood, join Kevin Costner's Original Deadwood Tour and explore this once lawless town. Join a Local Specialist to hear about the days of Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane, who made this town famous. Journey on to Rapid City, where you will be welcomed by your guide Stephen Yellowhawk (or another tribe member) at the Black Hills Pow Wow. Watch the Grand Entrance Dance Performance before exploring the fine art expo at your leisure. (Day 7 of National Park Wonders will be replaced by this special departure.)

    meal(s):Full Breakfast
    hotel:The Rushmore
  8. This morning, we pay tribute to Crazy Horse, peering at the immortalized face of the famed war chief of the Lakota people etched from the granite rock of the Black Hills. Make a Difference by learning how your visit contributes to its preservation. We continue to Mount Rushmore featuring the enormous carvings of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. Returning to Rapid City, we join our Travel Director and fellow travelers and Dive into Culture during a festive Farewell Dinner and Make a Difference by learning how Stephen Yellowhawk works to preserve Native American heritage. who shares his tribe's history through dance and song.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
    hotel:The Rushmore
  9. Bid farewell to your traveling companions and take a transfer to Rapid City Airport or extend your stay in Rapid City at The Rushmore Hotel.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast
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Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

Single Room Supplement: $1,350.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $96 per person.

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Meal Summary

14 meals: 8 full breakfasts, 1 lunch, 5 dinners. 

Included Highlights

Cultural Insight

  • Meet Stephen Yellowhawk, a son of the Lakota and Iroquois Nations, who is helping to keep the important traditions and history of his tribe alive through song and dance

Connect with Locals

  • Learn about the early 20th century history of the old town of Sheridan with an exclusive dinner at PO News and Flagstaff Café

Local Specialist

  • For included sightseeing in Deadwood

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Orientation of Jackson
  • Visit the Oregon Trail Center, the towering peaks of Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone National Park, the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Devils Tower National Monument, the Black Hills of South Dakota
  • View Crazy Horse Memorial, Mount Rushmore
  • Scenic drive through Deadwood
  • Experience the Black Hills Pow Wow
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    We promise you’ll enjoy a stress-free travel experience from the minute you start your vacation planning or we’ll refund your deposit. Make your reservation with a $350 deposit. If you change your mind for any reason within 30 days of booking, we’ll offer you a full refund.

Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

JACKSON

*Snake River Float Trip Through Grand Teton National Park

Adult Price: 83.00

This gentle 10-mile float trip runs entirely within Grand Teton National Park, and covers the most scenic stretch of the Snake River in the Jackson Hole Valley. The Snake River is a lifeline to the park’s bison, elk, moose, beaver, pronghorn, deer, bear and 300 different species of birds, including osprey and eagles. Your experienced guide offers in-depth information on the geology of the Grand Tetons and the habitats of the animals you may see. Although we can’t guarantee multiple animal sightings, your chances of spotting wildlife on the Snake River – with its lush willows to feed on and deep-water pools for animals to swim in – are greater here than anywhere else in the park. Operates late May – mid Sep, subject to weather conditions. Approx. duration: 3 hours

RAPID CITY

Mount Rushmore Evening Lighting Ceremony

Adult Price: 25.00

Join a park ranger at Mount Rushmore’s outdoor amphitheater for this moving patriotic program and sculpture lighting ceremony. The program begins with a short inspirational talk, focusing on the presidents, patriotism and the nation’s history, and is followed by a 20 minute film, “Freedom: America’s Lasting Legacy.” Watch in wonder as the evening culminates in the slow exposure of light to the monument until it is fully illuminated. Be sure to bundle up as the evenings can be cool. Operates seasonally, starting at 9 p.m. Approx. duration: 4 hours

Badlands National Park Excursion

Adult Price: 40.00

Badlands National Park in southwest South Dakota preserves 244,000 acres of sharply eroded buttes, pinnacles and spires blended with the largest protected mixed grass prairie in America. Without a doubt, a hidden gem in the national park system, the unique beauty of the Badlands landscape is like no other. Sightseers as well as scholarly scientists are attracted to the area for its astounding beauty and the opportunity to peek into an ancient world. And no trip to the Badlands would be complete without a stop at famous Wall Drug. An establishment which became known for offering free ice water to thirsty travelers in the 1930s is today one of the top roadside attractions in the country. Approx. duration: 4 hours

Bear Country USA

Adult Price: 29.00

Nestled between towering pines and along rolling meadows over 250 acres just eight miles south of Rapid City, Bear Country U.S.A. offers visitors intimate views of most North American mammals. Take a leisurely three-mile journey aboard your coach through several enclosures and encounter black bear, elk, reindeer, deer, cougars, bobcats, rocky mountain goats, bighorn sheep, Dall sheep and buffalo. You’ll watch these clowns of nature frolic in a pool, climb trees and amble across the road. At this “home of the largest collection of privately owned black bear in the world,” you’re guaranteed to see more wildlife than you expected. Approx. tour length: 2 hours

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  • We suggest bringing a variety of lightweight clothing items that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity.  We recommend $4-5 per person/per day for your driver and $6-7 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is 1-2 dollars per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.  A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.

  • Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.

  • You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions.  All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers.  In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group. 

    If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 24 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.

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