Mount Rushmore 2021

May 12-18, 2021

Spotlight on South Dakota

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Booking Deadline: February 28, 2021

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Pricing

Occupancy Rate Per Person
Double $3,049
Single $3,639
Triple $3,019

All non-members must add $60 to the above rates.

Book and deposit an air inclusive package by November 20, 2020 and receive $100 off per person

AAA Members save an additional $50 off per person

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 20 passengers.

Included Features

  • Free parking with roundtrip transfers to local airport
  • Roundtrip airfare between local airport and Rapid City, South Dakota
  • Roundtrip transfers – airport/hotel
  • 6 nights hotel accommodations
  • Sightseeing as stated in itinerary by luxury coach
  • Services of Professional AAA Member Choice Vacations driver/guide
  • Gratuities for Member Choice Vacations driver/guide
  • Meals: 6 Breakfasts and 3 Dinners
  • All local taxes, hotel service charges & porterage for one suitcase per person
  • Services of a Discoveries Journey Manager

Highlights

  • Crazy Horse Memorial
  • Mount Rushmore
  • Badlands National Park
  • Wall Drug
  • Deadwood
  • High Plains Heritage Center
  • Off Road Jeep Safari at Custer State Park
  • Devil’s Tower National Monument

Itinerary

Wednesday, May 12, 2021 – Depart for Rapid City, South Dakota

Transfer by motorcoach to a local international airport for your flight to 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)

Thursday, May 13, 2021 - Rapid City - Mt. Rushmore - Crazy Horse - Rapid City

Learn the history of enterprising Westerners at the Chapel in the Hills. Visit Crazy Horse Memorial and delve into the story of the largest, still-in-progress mountain sculpture. Visit the Indian Museum of North America, the Native American Cultural Center, the sculptor’s studio, orientation center and theaters. Continue to Mount Rushmore. Spend time with the epic figures of Washington, Jefferson, Roosevelt, and Lincoln as you stroll along the Presidential Trail, offering the closest view of this iconic sculpture. Hotel: Hilton Garden Inn Rapid City, Rapid City, South Dakota (Breakfast)

Friday, May 14, 2021 - Rapid City - Badlands – Wall - Rapid City

Embrace the allure of wide-open spaces and explore the larger-than-life Badlands National Park. At the visitor center, the stage is set for your adventure, with informative exhibits, displays and video to introduce you to the area. Travel the Badlands Loop Road, home to vibrant colors and rock formations created by mineral deposits. Visit the legendary Wall Drug, a store barely changed since 1936. Do a little browsing, have a seat at the soda fountain, and perhaps grab a bite for lunch. Hotel: Hilton Garden Inn Rapid City, Rapid City, South Dakota (Breakfast)

Saturday, May 15, 2021 - Rapid City - Deadwood - Rapid City

Get ready for Deadwood, where gold, gambling, and gunpowder were once the order of the day. This National Historic Landmark comes alive as if you’ve stepped onto the set of an old-fashioned Western. A local guide shows you to the city, including where Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane are buried. Enjoy free time before it’s your choice! Take a guided tour of the Adams House, dedicated to preserving Deadwood’s history -OR- visit Kevin Costner’s Tatanka: Story of the Bison, sculptures depicting the relationship between bison and the Lakota. This evening enjoy a dinner and Western show at the High Plains Heritage Center. Hotel: Hilton Garden Inn Rapid City, Rapid City, South Dakota (Breakfast, Dinner)

Sunday, May 16, 2021 Rapid City - Custer - Rapid City

Head to Custer State Park and keep your eyes peeled for bighorn sheep or wandering elk. Take in the lush landscape, rocky outcrops, and grazing animals as you make your way through South Dakota’s first state park. Venture off road with an exciting Buffalo Safari, cruising deep into the park in an open-air jeep and searching for herds of roaming buffalo. Hotel: Hilton Garden Inn Rapid City, Rapid City, South Dakota (Breakfast)

Monday, May 17, 2021 Rapid City – Devils Tower National Monument, Wyoming - Rapid City

Get your bearings at the Geographic Center of the Nation, marking the middle of the US. Cross into Wyoming and view the first national monument - Devils Tower. Stand in awe before this lofty monolith, perhaps hike the 1.3 mile Tower Trail around the base. Although famous as the backdrop in Close Encounters of the Third Kind, the tower is also sacred to many local tribes. This evening join your fellow travelers for dinner as the end of your South Dakota adventure draws near. Hotel: Hilton Garden Inn Rapid City, Rapid City, South Dakota (Breakfast, Dinner)

Tuesday, May 18, 2021 – Depart for Central Pennsylvania

After breakfast, transfer to Rapid City Airport for your flight home and transportation to Central PA. (Breakfast)

Tour Activity Level: 3
This tour includes moderate physical activity. The itinerary blends some longer days with shorter days and more leisure time. Walking tours, as well as walking slightly longer distances, up stairs, or on uneven walking surfaces, should be expected.

General Information

Travel Documents

U.S. State Department and destination specific travel regulations at time of brochure printing require the following documents for your travel. A government issued photo ID is required for airport security. Travel regulations and state compliance requirements are subject to, and have been known to change. For the most current requirements, which due to potential changes may be other that in listed here, please consult with your travel agent.

Payment

Deposit of $500 per person will confirm your reservation. Final Payment is due to AAA by February 28, 2021.
Solo Travelers Rewards Club maximum voucher redemption: $100

Cancellation/Penalties

Deposit date to day of departure $25 per person, plus...
From November 20, 2020-March 12, 2021-$500 per person, plus additional supplier’s fees
From March 13-April 26, 2021-30% per person, plus additional supplier’s fees
From April 27-May 11, 2021-50% per person, plus additional supplier’s fees
After May 11, 2020-NON-REFUNDABLE

*Airfare is non-refundable after final payment.

Insurance

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.

Flight

Air arrangements are handled by the tour operator. Seat assignments cannot be confirmed until the tour operator releases names to the airline(s) 30 days prior to departure. Specific seat requests cannot be guaranteed. Some flights may contain code share agreements.

Clothing/Climate

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.

Baggage

One suitcase per person will be allowed. You may also bring a carry-on bag small enough to fit under your seat. Baggage fees are not included in the price of the trip. Baggage fees and other charges may be directly assessed by airlines or airport.

Travel Assistance

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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