May 8 -14, 2020
Spotlight On South Dakota
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All non-members must add $60 to above rate.
Rates are subject to availability at time of booking and include taxes, fees and fuel surcharges which are subject to change. All pricing and included features are based on a minimum of 15 passengers.
- Free parking with roundtrip transfers to Philadelphia International Airport
- Roundtrip airfare between Philadelphia and Rapid City, South Dakota
- Roundtrip transfers - airport/hotel
- 6 night hotel accommodations
- Sightseeing as stated in itinerary by luxury coach
- Services of Professional AAA Member Choice Vacations driver/guide
- Services of a Discoveries Journey Manager
- Meals: 6 Breakfasts and 3 Dinners
- All local taxes, hotel service charges & porterage for one suitcase per person
- YOUR CHOICE: Independent Exploration at the Visitor’s Center or Hiking at Devil’s Tower National Monument
- Crazy Horse Memorial
- Mount Rushmore
- Badlands National Park
- Wall Drug
- Devil’s Tower National Monument
- Black Hills Gold
- Needles Highway
- Custer State Park
- High Plains Heritage Center
Friday, May 8, 2020 - Depart for Rapid City, South Dakota
Welcome to the West. Your tour opens in Rapid City, long known as the gateway to the Black Hills. Tonight, you and your fellow travelers gather for a welcome dinner featuring a Native American chronicler who shares stories about the Lakota and Sioux way of life. Hotel: Hilton Garden Inn Rapid City, Rapid City, South Dakota (Dinner)
Saturday, May 9, 2020 - Rapid City - Mt. Rushmore - Crazy Horse - Rapid City
Learn the history of some enterprising Westerners during a visit to the Chapel in the Hills. Then, visit Crazy Horse Memorial and learn the story behind the world’s largest, still-in-progress mountain sculpture. The memorial includes the Indian Museum of North America, the Native American Cultural Center, the sculptor’s studio, orientation center and theaters. Many Native American artists and craftspeople work at the memorial and welcome the chance to share how their culture influences their art. Next, head for mighty Mount Rushmore to spend some time with the epic figures of Washington, Jefferson, Roosevelt and Lincoln as you stroll along the Presidential Trail that offers the closest access to this iconic sculpture. This evening, return to Mount Rushmore to see the nighttime lighting ceremony. Hotel: Hilton Garden Inn Rapid City, Rapid City, South Dakota (Breakfast)
Sunday, May 10, 2020 - Rapid City - Badlands - Wall - Rapid City
Today is all about wide-open spaces. Explore the larger-than-life Badlands National Park. Upon arrival at the visitor center, the stage is set for your adventure, with informative exhibits, displays and video to introduce you to this area. You’ll explore the Badlands Loop Road, a marvel of vibrant colors and rock formations created by mineral deposits. Afterwards, enjoy a stop at the legendary Wall Drug, a store that has barely changed since 1936. Do a little browsing, have a seat at the soda fountain, and take some time for lunch. Hotel: Hilton Garden Inn Rapid City, Rapid City, South Dakota (Breakfast)
Monday, May 11, 2020 - Rapid City - Devils Tower National Monument - Rapid City
This morning, get your bearings as we head to the Geographic Center of the Nation in Belle Fourche. Then, cross state lines into the northeast corner of Wyoming to view the country’s first national monument, Devils Tower, where it’s your choice! Hike the 1.3 mile Tower Trail around the base of the monument -OR- explore the exhibits at the visitor’s center to learn about the natural and cultural history of the park. While it was made famous as the backdrop in Close Encounters of the Third Kind, the tower is sacred to many Northern Plains tribes. You’ll have time to explore the trails that surround the one mile circumference of this jaw-dropping geologic formation. Hotel: Hilton Garden Inn Rapid City, Rapid City, South Dakota (Breakfast, Dinner)
Tuesday, May 12, 2020 Rapid City - Custer - Rapid City
Learn more about Black Hills gold on a tour through Riddle’s Black Hills Gold and Diamond Factory. Watch skilled artisans handcraft South Dakota’s official state jewelry and enjoy time to shop for some unique items to remember your trip by. The Needles Highway is calling your name. Travel through 14 miles of magnificent rock formations, curving tunnels and steep spires. We continue our road trip through Custer State Park where you just might spot a buffalo, a band of bighorn sheep or a herd of majestic elk. Hotel: Hilton Garden Inn Rapid City, Rapid City, South Dakota (Breakfast)
Wednesday, May 13, 2020 Rapid City - Deadwood - Rapid City
Are you ready for Deadwood? This morning, we explore one of the Old West’s most iconic settlements. This National Historic Landmark comes alive - it is as if you’ve stepped onto the set of an old-fashioned Western. Faithful recreations of turn-of-the-century streetlamps line Main Street as you make your way through historic, restored architecture. A local guide introduces you to the city’s history during a tour that includes a visit to Mount Moriah Cemetery, where Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane rest. Enjoy some free time in Deadwood where gold, gambling and gunpowder were once the order of the day. We will also make a stop at Kevin Costner’s Tatanka: Story of the Bison. This interpretive center features large, awe-inspiring sculptures depicting the relationship of bison and the Lakota. This evening, it’s our final roundup. Join your fellow travelers at a memorable dinner and Western show at the High Plains Heritage Center. Hotel: Hilton Garden Inn Rapid City, Rapid City, South Dakota (Breakfast, Dinner)
Thursday, May 14, 2020 - Depart for Central Pennsylvania
After breakfast, transfer to Rapid City Airport for your flight home and transportation to Central PA. (Breakfast)
Hotels and itinerary are subject to change at any time without notification and/or compensation.
Activity Level: 2
This tour requires average physical activity. You should be in good health, able to climb stairs and walk reasonable distances, possibly over uneven ground and cobblestoned streets.
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Deposit of $500 per person will confirm your reservation. Final Payment is due to AAA by February 24, 2020. Solo Travelers Rewards Club maximum voucher redemption: $100
Deposit date to day of departure $25 per person, plus...
From November 8 - March 8, 2020 $500 per person, plus additional suppliers fees
From March 9 - April 22, 2020 30% per person, plus additional suppliers fees
From April 23 - May 7, 2020 50% per person, plus additional suppliers fees
After May 7, 2020 NON-REFUNDABLE
*Airfare is non-refundable after final payment
For your protection AAA recommends travel insurance. Pre-existing medical conditions may be waived with proper coverage if travel insurance is purchased within 14 days of initial deposit only. Other conditions may apply; ask your travel agent. AAA recommends Allianz.
Air arrangements are handled by the tour operator. Seat assignments cannot be confirmed until the tour operator releases names to the airlines 30 days prior to departure. Specific seat requests cannot be guaranteed. Some flight schedules may contain code share agreements.
Temperatures for South Dakota in May average in the 50s with cooler mornings and evenings. Pack for a variety of temperatures. Casual clothes that can be layered work best and comfortable walking shoes.
One suitcase per person will be allowed. You may also bring a carry-on bag small enough to fit under your seat. Baggage fees and other charges may be directly assessed by airlines or airport.
For personal comfort, group participants who need assistance are required to have a traveling companion who is capable of and totally responsible for providing the needed assistance.
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