This sample itinerary is best spring through fall.
6:00 – 10:00 am
Grab a group of early risers and head to Mount Rushmore National Memorial Monument just before sunrise and you won’t be disappointed. The morning sun highlights the granite giving you a truly unique look at the mountain and postcard-perfect pictures. After watching the sun come up, sit down for a hot breakfast and morning latte with a spectacular presidential view, plus stop at the Visitor Center, gift shop and concessions stands.
10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Enjoy the scenic ride to Crazy Horse Memorial, just a few miles from Mount Rushmore. This ongoing mountain carving is the world’s largest and a majestic tribute to all Native American tribes across the country. The visitor complex includes a welcome center, the Indian Museum of North America, the Native American Educational & Cultural Center, the sculptor’s log home studio, indoor and outdoor galleries, museum gift shop and expansive viewing veranda. Enjoy lunch at the Laughing Water Restaurant.
1 – 4:00 pm
After lunch, take your group underground for a look at the beauty below the surfaces. Jewel Cave National Monument is approximate 20 miles west of Crazy Horse and is the world’s second longest cave. Located about 30 miles from Jewel Cave you’ll find the world’s fourth longest cave, Wind Cave National Park. Both caves have daily tours.
4 – 8:00 pm
Whether looking for that perfect gift, unique piece of art, fashion and a fun souvenir, you’ll find what you’re looking for in one of the hundreds of shops in Rapid City. Browse the local stores and art galleries and take home a piece of Rapid City.
Your group will be greeted by the City of Presidents, a series of life-size bronze statues of our nation’s past presidents along the city’s streets and sidewalks. Finally, enjoy dinner at one of Rapid City’s quaint restaurants; they truly have something wonderful for all appetites.
End your evening relaxing at the Comfort Suites Hotel. There is no need to pack and unpack your bags each day while visiting the beautiful Black Hills and Badlands. This is the perfect location for any group or motor coach tour to “hub and spoke”. Their staff will be focused on providing quality round-the-clock support to you and your tour group.
For more information on this sample itinerary contact your tour operator or the Rapid City CVB 800-487-3223 or visit www.VisitRapidCity.com