South Dakota
  • 6 days/5 nights
  • Next Departure: Jun 12, 2016
  • From $2,498 / person
  • ($480 single supplement) Children: $1,998 to $2,248

Explore the wild west with our South Dakota family vacation!

Discover one the most unique national parks in the world and then step back in time to the lawless days of the Wild West on our South Dakota family vacations. At Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse Memorial, you and the family can learn about American and Native American history while taking in two of the country’s most awe-inspiring sights. Hike and bike on this adventure through South Dakota’s beautiful Black Hills and experience a family vacation you’ll never forget!

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  • Family Vacations
  • Biking
  • Hiking
  • Snorkeling / Swimming

Activity Level: Moderate

This Tour

The Black Hills of South Dakota: a family-friendly oasis of pine-clad mountains and prairie land, abundant wildlife, world-class national parks and a host of dedicated Rails to Trails bike routes.

  • Walk in the footsteps of Wild Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane, Wyatt Earp and Buffalo Bill in the Old West town of Deadwood
  • Bike along an abandoned railroad through the heart of the Black Hills on the Mickelson Trail
  • Hike the base of Mount Rushmore and visit the famed Crazy Horse monument (which, upon completion, will be 10 times the size of Rushmore!)
  • Take a  dip in the pristine waters of Sylvan Lake
  • Explore the vast underground world of Wind Cave National Park
Mount Rushmore
Photo: Mount Rushmore
& Map

Tour Itinerary

6 days/5 nights

Rapid City, South Dakota (RAP)

Day 1: Rapid City / Sturgis / Deadwood
Rapid City / Sturgis / Deadwood
Meals Included:  L, D

Begin your vacation by exploring Bear Butte State Park and summit the mountain trail yielding sweeping panoramic views for miles and miles • Experience the Old West and learn why Bear Butte is considered one of the most sacred lands by the Plains Indians • Afterwards we head over to the famous biker town of Sturgis for lunch at a local spot • Load up in the van to travel a short distance away to our home for the next couple nights, Deadwood • We’ll walk the same sidewalks as the likes of Wild Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane, Wyatt Earp and Buffalo Bill, to name just a few • If time permits we will explore the world of gold panning at Golden Boot • Tonight’s dinner is at the Deadwood Social Club • Packed full of history and surrounded by the wild west


About the Deadwood Mountain Grand Hotel
Deadwood’s Newest Boutique Hotel is perched on a hill overlooking Historic Deadwood. The new 98 room luxury hotel is a wonderful addition to a re-development from one of Deadwood’s most unique historic landmarks, the Homestake Mine Slime Plant, now home to Deadwood’s only Event Center.

As a guest, relax and enjoy lounging by the grand stone fireplace over 2 stories tall under vaulted ceilings or cozy up by the side seating fireplace both making the rustic interior and decorated lobby truly magnificent. You can look forward to the swimming pool with hot tub after a long day of biking. The new Deadwood Mountain Grand is an unforgettable place to stay on your visit to the Black Hills of South Dakota.

Day 2: Spearfish / Spearfish Trout Hatchery / Deadwood
Spearfish / Spearfish Trout Hatchery / Deadwood
Meals Included:  B, L, D

Today, we head over to the nearby town of Spearfish for a bike ride through a neat canyon • Enjoy a delicious guide-prepared lunch at a local park • Following lunch we will walk to the Trout Hatchery where we can learn and explore the Von Bayer Museum or visit the Neo-Colonial Revival Booth House • This afternoon, enjoy some downtime or walk around the Mount Moriah Cemetery where Wild Bill and Calamity Jane were laid to rest; visit one of several of Deadwood’s museums, highlighting life in the days of outlaws, gold panning, and Native American skirmishes; or take an "old-time," black and white photo at Woody’s Wild West • Dinner in Deadwood

Day 3: Mickelson Trail / Crazy Horse / Sylvan Lake
Mickelson Trail / Crazy Horse / Sylvan Lake
Meals Included:  B, L

After a hearty breakfast we head to one of the many trailheads of South Dakota’s Mickelson Trail to cycle the historic Deadwood to Edgemont Burlington northern rail line, which serviced gold country for nearly a century • Regenerate yourselves with a lunch prepared by your guides • After lunch transfer to Crazy Horse for a tour • Still in progress, the Memorial is destined to be some 10 times the size of Mt Rushmore • This is more than just carvings in stone; it is a compound that will eventually pay tribute to the American Indians and the great Indian Chief, Crazy Horse, housing the Indian Museum of North America, Indian University of North America and a host of other properties.

About Sylvan Lake Lodge
Rich in history and natural beauty, Sylvan Lake Lodge holds the designation of Custer State Park's "crown jewel".

This property features beautifully renovated lodge rooms and cabins, a lounge, a restaurant and an outdoor veranda which offers breathtaking views. The location of Sylvan Lake Lodge can't be beat, thanks to the design inspired by architect Frank Lloyd Wright. When the original lakeshore resort burned down in 1935, Wright suggested the current location amidst a forest of pine and spruce trees. The recently renovated Sylvan Lake Dining Room features the best in steaks, seafood, and chef's specialties.

The awe-inspiring views, comfortable accommodations, exciting activities, and mouthwatering meals will leave you so satisfied you may never want to leave!

Day 4: Harney Peak / Keystone / Mount Rushmore
Harney Peak / Keystone / Mount Rushmore
Meals Included:  B, L, D

Today, eat a big breakfast because we have an exciting day ahead of us! • From Sylvan Lake Lodge, we’ll depart on a hike up Harney Peak, the highest mountain east of the Rockies • Even though this description may sound daunting, the hike itself is perfect for families looking to reach the neat stone fire tower at the top • We’ll eat a packed lunch at the summit as we take in 360 degree views of the Black Hills • This afternoon, we depart for a scenic tour of the Needles Highway and Iron Mountain Road on our way to explore Mount Rushmore • Dinner in the historic town of Keystone.


Day 5: Wind Cave / Sylvan Lake / Wildlife Loop
Wind Cave / Sylvan Lake / Wildlife Loop
Meals Included:  B, L, D

This morning, we will partake in a beginner top rope climbing adventure on the Black Hills granite rock surrounding Sylvan Lake • You’ll have all of the equipment and instruction you need to feel comfortable and safe, even if you’ve never climbed before • Indulge in a delicious picnic lunch back at Sylvan Lake • This afternoon we will take in natural beauty as we transfer to Wind Cave to tour one of the most complex and longest caves in the world • End the afternoon by driving the Wildlife Loop in Custer State Park on the lookout for bison, antelope and wild burros on our way to our final night’s dinner at the State Game Lodge.


Day 6: Crazy Horse Memorial / Rapid City
Crazy Horse Memorial / Rapid City
Meals Included:  B

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast in the dining room before loading up the van, luggage in tow • On our way back to Rapid City, we’ll make a short detour to Crazy Horse • Still in progress, the Memorial is destined to be some 10 times the size of Mt Rushmore • This is more than just carvings in stone; it is a compound that will eventually pay tribute to the American Indians and the great Indian Chief, Crazy Horse, housing the Indian Museum of North America, Indian University of North America and a host of other properties • After your tour, say goodbye to the Black Hills and head back to Rapid City for our farewells

** Trip itineraries are subject to change without notice due to road, weather, wildlife, and other factors outside of our control, for the safety and enjoyment of our guests, as deemed necessary and appropriate by Austin Adventures.

Dates, Rates
& Details

  • 6 days/5 nights
  • Next Departure: Jun 12, 2016
  • From $2,498 / person
  • ($480 single supplement) Children: $1,998 to $2,248

Confirmed Departures

  • Jun 12, 2016
  • Jun 26, 2016
  • Aug 21, 2016

Recommended Travel Months

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Additional Trip Information

  • Please plan on arriving at least one day prior to your trip departure.
  • Day 1 of your itinerary starts at 8:00 or 8:20 am, depending on your hotel.
  • Your trip ends with a drop-off at either the Rapid City airport (12:00 pm) or your Rapid City hotel (12:30 pm).
  • Biking: 20 to 25 miles per ride, easy to moderate terrain on paved roads and Mickelson Trail (packed gravel).
  • Hiking: 2 to 7 miles, easy to moderate terrain. Bear Butte – 1,025 feet of elevation gain over 2 miles (out and back). Harney Peak – 1,100 feet elevation gain over 3.5 miles (out and back).
  • Swimming: There will be several opportunities to swim in lakes on this trip, but remember, weather is a factor and cold weather may prevent swimming from taking place.
  • Rock Climbing: 3 to 4 hour climbing adventure on the granite rocks bordering Sylvan Lake. Gear and detailed instruction will be provided by professional rock climbing guides, ensuring you'll feel comfortable, even if you're a beginner.

The hallmark of an Austin Adventures vacation is our exceptional dining. All meals: breakfasts, lunches, snacks, dinners, refreshments and receptions – except one dinner on your own – are included as indicated by itinerary. (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner). Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities are not included in the trip price.

Included in Trip Price
  • Double occupancy rooms with private baths.
  • All meals: breakfasts, lunches, snacks, dinners, refreshments and receptions, except one dinner on your own.
  • Fully trained, first-aid certified professional guides and knowledgeable local partners.
  • Bikes, helmets and other necessary equipment – all safe and well maintained.
  • Vehicle support and land transportation during the trip.
  • Austin Adventures T-shirt, water bottle, luggage tags and luggage service.
  • Pre-departure and packing information.
  • Incidental expenses such as taxes, dining and housekeeping gratuities, local partner and expert gratuities and national park entrance and permit fees.
Not Included in Trip Price
  • Gratuities to Austin Adventures guides.
  • One dinner on your own.
  • Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities.
  • Pre-and post-trip accommodations and associated expenses.
  • Air and land transportation to/from host cities.
  • All types of personal insurance.
  • Personal expenses.

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A few more reasons why you've gotta go…

  • 1. Deadwood: Explore the historic gambling town where legendary outlaws of the Wild West once roamed.
  • 2. Mount Rushmore: Pictures do not do this US landmark justice! See it for yourself and marvel at its magnificence.
  • 3. The Mickelson Trail: The meandering hills, rock tunnels and railroad bridges of this trail make it a biking delight for people of all ages!
  • 4. Wind Cave National Park: At nearly 140 miles long, this cave is now marked as the sixth longest cave in the world!

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