From Itineraries MidwestSpring Issue 2009
This sample itinerary is most enjoyable during the summer months.
FAMs are available for you to experience the Northern Route before you bring your groups.
Northeastern South Dakota
10 – 11:30 am
Tour Fort Sisseton and South Dakota’s early history as you take an interpretive trail walk and view period structures near Lake City. Or learn all about vinegar and see the extensive collection of 200 different vinegars at the International Vinegar Museum in Roslyn.
12 – 1:30 pm
Feast on homemade delights at Webster’s Dakota Diner in Webster.
2:30 – 4:00 pm
Visit the Granary Rural Cultural Center near Groton and see colorful art from area masters.
4:30 – 5:30 pm
Discover the region’s Native history and artifacts at Native American Cultural Center and Museum in Aberdeen and enjoy coffee and cookies with the friendly Northern Route staff!
Enjoy an elegant atmosphere while dining at the Ward Bar and Grill in the historic Alonzo Ward Hotel in downtown Aberdeen. Later, check in to the Ramada Inn and Suites or Super 8 East for some rest and relaxation.
North Central South Dakota
8 – 9:00 am
Step into the past as you explore the intriguing range of exhibits at Aberdeen’s Dacotah Prairie Museum.
11 – 12:00 pm
Embark on an adventure back in time as you tour Mobridge’s Klein Museum. Take in prairie and Native American artifacts, examine Sitting Bull exhibits, and explore an intricately restored historic home.
12 – 1:00 pm
Fill up at Mobridge’s Pizza Ranch buffet.
1 – 4:30 pm
A wise guide will lead you through Standing Rock Reservation, starting with Sitting Bull’s monument site before venturing up the river to Cannonball, ND. Watch buffalo, learn about Native American history, and experience the true open prairie.
Now back in South Dakota, relax for dinner at the Cloverleaf Bar and Grill in Selby, SD, and rest at the Selby Motel for the night.
Western South Dakota
(entering Mountain Time Zone)
7 – 10:00 am
Grab an early, hearty breakfast and depart on the journey to Mud Butte.
10 –11:30 am
Uncover prehistoric reptile bones during an excursion at the Dinosaurs and More Excavation Quarry near Mud Butte.
1 – 4:30 pm
Have lunch at the community of Bridger, a project community dedicated to reviving the traditional Native American way of life. Fill your afternoon by exploring the land, riding horses, hearing elders tell ancestral stories, watching the beautiful art form of Native dancing, and enjoying the cultural arts and crafts.
Deadwood is the place to be for nightlife! Dine at the Deadwood Social Club atop the historic Saloon #10 and see thrilling reenactments of Wild Bill Hickok’s famous 1876 shootout. Walk downtown and discover numerous casinos, entertainment, and fun. When exhausted, turn in at the First Gold Hotel, complete with smoke-free gaming.
The Black Hills
9:30 – 11:00 am
Travel to Crazy Horse to see the world’s largest mountain carving in the works, Crazy Horse Memorial. Tour the grounds, museum, and gift shop while learning about this great Lakota leader.
11:30 – 2:00 pm
Observe the Shrine of Democracy, Mount Rushmore, near Keystone, and dine at the on-site restaurant while enjoying a majestic view of the presidents.
2:30 – 5:00 pm
Take a journey through Custer State Park to watch buffalo and other wildlife up close, look at breathtaking views, and fill your camera with unforgettable images of natural beauty.
6 – 7:30 pm
Eat at Rapid City’s comfortable Colonial House Inn or try the upscale Delmonico Grill for world-class food. Retire for the night at Super 8 or the Quality Inn.
For more information or to customize this sample itinerary for your group please contact your tour operator or the Northern Route to the Black Hills Association, 605-725-4110.