From Itineraries MinnesotaSpring Issue 2008
This sample itinerary is best August 11 – October19, 2008 however other dates and activities can be accommodated.
10 – 12:00 pm
Start off the morning in Belle Fourche, SD at the Geographic Center of the Nation Monument. Designed by a local artist and created from South Dakota granite, the compass rose design measures over 21-feet across. Nearby is the historic Johnny Spaulding Cabin, which was built in 1876 and is furnished with period artifacts. Permanent museum exhibits at the adjacent Tri-State Museum highlight the story of the old west in this tri-state area.
12 – 1:30 pm
Enjoy lunch at one of the many eating establishments available. From soups and salads to heartier fare like the famous “Rancher Tips,” there is something for everyone. Rather have a picnic? Arrange to have a meal catered or grill buffalo burgers, featuring locally raised product.
1:30 – 3:00 pm
Stroll the historic downtown area and take in the many antique and specialty shops along the way. Watch Jack create handmade cowboy hats the old fashioned way on 100-year-old hat blocks. Don’t want to walk? How about a horse drawn wagon to take you through the downtown founded by Seth Bullock. A step-on guide will bring the exciting past of Belle Fourche back to life for everyone to enjoy.
3 – 5:00 pm
It’s time to journey 17 miles over to Aladdin, Wyoming, home of the legendary 116-year-old Aladdin General Store. Going to Aladdin is like stepping back in time. Life is a little slower and people are scarce but the air is cleaner and the water tastes colder. The best homemade pie you have ever eaten is waiting. Mosey upstairs to the Antique Attic or hike around the old “Coal Tipple.”
5:00 – 6:30 pm
It’s time to check into your room. Unpack, freshen up and get ready to enjoy the evening’s activities.
6:30 – 10:00pm
Head to dinner at one of the local restaurants and then the evening’s activity is your choice. From gaming in nearby Deadwood to spending time with real rodeo personalities, like four-time PRCA world champion Marvin Garrett. You have options on how you would like to spend your evening.
For more information or to customize this tour for your group contact Teresa at the Belle Fourche Chamber of Commerce, 888-345-5859.