The Dakotas

The Dakotas

Featuring two nights at the Rough Rider Hotel in Medora and full day guided tour in the Black Hills

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Aug 16 - Aug 24, 2022
9 days | 8 nights

See the American Frontier as it was in the times of Teddy Roosevelt, Crazy Horse, and Laura Ingalls Wilder. With museums, guided tours, national parks, and a musical, experience the very best of what these states have to offer as you journey through the Great Plains.

  • Guided tour of the U.S.S. South Dakota Battleship Memorial
  • Visit to the triple waterfall at Falls Park
  • Tour the Hjemkomst Interpretive Center in Moorhead, MN
  • 2-night stay at the historic Rough Riders Hotel in the heart of downtown Medora
  • Guided tour of Theodore Roosevelt National Park
  • Explore Wind Cave National Park, where bison and elk roam on the prairie
  • Enjoy spectacular close-ups as we take a jeep tour amidst herds of buffalo and elk through the rolling hills of Custer State Park
  • Experience the rugged beauty of Badlands National Park
  • Guided tour of the South Dakota State Capitol building
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DAY 1: DAKOTA DUNES
Saddle up for our Dakota Adventure! Travel to Dakota Dunes, SD for dinner and an overnight stay. D

DAY 2: SIOUX FALLS
Sioux Falls, the largest city in South Dakota, is our first stop in the Dakotas. Take a guided tour of the U.S.S. South Dakota Battleship Memorial, commemorating the lead ship of her class in the United States Navy from 1942 to 1947. After a visit to the triple waterfall at Falls Park and lunch at the Falls Overlook Cafe, visit the largest collection of art by renowned American artist Terry Redlin at the Redlin Art Center. B, L

DAY 3: BISMARCK
Tour the Hjemkomst Interpretive Center in Moorhead, MN including a Hopperstad Stave Church replica and the Hjemkomst Viking Ship. Journey across North Dakota to the capital city of Bismarck. Experience the state’s 600 million years of geologic past during a visit to the North Dakota Heritage Center. Head west into the North Dakota Badlands for a 2-night stay at the historic Rough Riders Hotel in the heart of downtown Medora. B, D

DAY 4: EXPLORING MEDORA
Join our local expert for a guided tour of Theodore Roosevelt National Park, a habitat for bison, elk and prairie dogs where the Great Plains meets the rugged Badlands. Spend afternoon leisure time in the authentic Old West town of Medora or enjoy more time in the park and the Painted Canyon. Enjoy the nationally-acclaimed Pitchfork Steak Fondue dinner before we mosey over to the Burning Hills Amphitheatre for a live performance of the musical variety show, Medora Musical. B, D

DAY 5: DEADWOOD

Journey south into Deadwood, South Dakota and see firsthand where legendary Wild Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane and other gold rush characters made their name in the historic town that puts the “wild” in Wild West. B, D

DAY 6: BLACK HILLS

Enjoy spectacular close-ups as we take a jeep tour amidst herds of buffalo and elk through the rolling hills of Custer State Park. After lunch at the State Game Lodge, learn about the heritage of the plains Sioux at Crazy Horse Memorial and visit the iconic Mt. Rushmore National Monument, including a unique view and photo stop at the side profile of George Washington. B, L

DAY 7: BADLANDS NATIONAL PARK

Experience the rugged beauty of Badlands National Park on a morning drive. Look for bighorn sheep and prairie dogs as you wind through the colorful geological formations that contain one of the world’s richest fossil beds. Visit the Minuteman Missile National Historic Site and Delta-9 Silo, where a missile from the Cold War arms race sits beneath the prairie. Continue to the capital of South Dakota, Pierre, for an overnight stay. B, D

DAY 8: DE SMET

After a guided tour of the South Dakota State Capitol building, head south to De Smet, the childhood home of writer Laura Ingalls Wilder and the setting of six of her books. Enjoy a guided tour and the chance to relive the pioneer days of growing up on the Dakota prairie. Overnight in Dakota Dunes. B, D

DAY 9: RETURN HOME

Return home with a greater appreciation of the days of yore in the Wild West. B

Dates:

  • Departure: August 16, 2022
  • Return: August 24, 2022

Pricing:

  • Double: $2199
  • Tpl/quad: $1979
  • Single: $2799

*Per person rates

Average Temperatures:

Dakota Dunes. SD: 84° / 62

Pierre, SD: 89° / 61°

Rapid City, SD: 84° / 60°

Medora, ND: 87° / 54°

Fargo, ND: 81° / 58°


Luggage:

Orange luggage tags are provided and are to be placed on your “checked luggage” (large bag). You do not need a tag for your carry-on bag, for which you will be responsible for taking on and off the coach. There is limited space in the cabin of the coach, so unless you require your carry-on bag while traveling, we will stow it in the luggage compartment.

Important Information:

New reservations will require a $250 per person deposit unless otherwise noted. As always, your deposit is still fully refundable for any reason until final payment. We are happy to accept cash, check (preferred) or credit card (Visa, Mastercard, Discover) for your deposit.

Throughout 2021 we limited capacity on all our tours. This policy was so overwhelmingly popular by Sunrise travelers, we have made it permanent. In 2022 and beyond, we will limit the capacity on our motorcoaches to 80%. Most Sunrise Tours travel on 50-seat coaches with extra legroom, which means guests will enjoy extra legroom AND at least 6-8 empty seats. In the rare cases when we charter a 55-seat coach, there will be at least 10 open seats on the bus.

Our popular on-board refreshment service on travel days will feature a variety of soda, beer, wine spritzers, juices and sparkling water choices served in recyclable aluminum cans. This is a safe and eco-conscious way for us to deliver the ever-popular Sunrise Tours “happy hour” on tour. We do not typically serve bottled water and ask that while on tour you be responsible for your own hydration and consider the Sunrise Tours drink service a welcome refreshment.

Terms and Conditions:

Please refer to our policies HERE for more information on our terms and conditions.

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