Experience the thunder of hundreds of bison at the annual roundup. Visit famous national treasures like Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Crazy Horse Memorial, and the Badlands National Park.
September 24 – 28, 2019
Five Days / Four Nights
Tour starts at the Ramada Plaza lobby, 3321 South 72nd Street, Omaha
$775 per person double
$999 per person single
Price includes transportation, lodging, attraction admissions, and eight meals
Tour registration and full payment deadline August 12, 2019
Feel the thunder beneath your feet
Highlights: Buffalo roundup event - Chimney Rock National Monument - Carhenge in Alliance - Crazy Horse Memorial - Mount Rushmore National Memorial - Fort Hays Chuckwagon Supper show - Guided tour of Custer State Park - Buffalo Roundup Arts Festival - Badlands National Park scenic drive - Wall Drug Store - Presidential statues in downtown Rapid City - Steak dinner in Crawford, Nebraska
DAY ONE: Tuesday, September 24, 2019
We begin our journey across Nebraska to the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota. Upon reaching western Nebraska, we will take a break from traveling to visit the Chimney Rock National Monument. A symbol of the state of Nebraska, this Oregon Trail landmark is striking in the prairie landscape. Next, we check into our hotel in Alliance, Nebraska. Tonight we enjoy a group pizza party across the street at Sam and Louie’s Pizza parlor.
DAY TWO: Wednesday, September 25, 2019
Today we travel north to South Dakota. This morning we make a quick stop at Carhenge, a popular roadside attraction just outside Alliance. Thirty-nine automobiles were placed to assume the same proportions as the famous Stonehenge in England. All cars were painted gray to resemble the stone color. This afternoon we cross the border into South Dakota and visit the Crazy Horse Memorial. The memorial is the world’s largest mountain carving and is considered the Eighth Wonder of the World in progress. When work is completed, it will depict the Oglala Lakota warrior, Crazy Horse, riding a horse and pointing into the distance. Nearby is the Mount Rushmore National Memorial. The sculpture’s roughly 60 foot high granite faces depict U.S. presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln. Along with viewing the monument, we will visit the visitor center with its informative museum and interactive exhibits. After checking into our hotel in Rapid City, we will settle in before leaving for the Fort Hays Chuckwagon Supper and cowboy music show. Before dinner, explore the actual movie set buildings used for the movie “Dances with Wolves”. After our barbecue beef and baked chicken dinner served cowboy style, we will be entertained by the music of the Fort Hays Wranglers. It is a family style musical variety show with a lot of cowboy humor.
DAY THREE: Thursday, September 26, 2019
This morning we explore the Badlands National Park. Its dramatic landscapes span layered rock formations, steep canyons, and towering spires. After a stop at the park visitor center, we will follow the Badlands loop that winds past many scenic lookouts. Lunch today is at the famous Wall Drug Store. Starting in 1931, this humble little drug store offered free ice water to draw in more customers. Today the ice water and its unique charm attract over two million visitors each year. We will have a little time to shop for that special souvenir from South Dakota. Next, we return to the hotel and then have dinner in downtown Rapid City. We will explore the presidential statues that line the downtown streets. From Washington to Grant, from Taft to Obama – they are all here. Find your favorite president and take a photo. They will not mind. Dinner tonight is at Murphy’s Pub and Grill. They are famous for their buffalo meatloaf.
DAY FOUR: Friday, September 27, 2019
Today we see the buffalos run! We leave early in the morning and meet our local guide for the event. After entering a gated area on a hill, we set up our lawn chairs and patiently wait. Soon the ground will shake with the hooves of 1,300 buffalos coming over the nearby hill; they will be corralled for the winter. After the roundup, we travel down to the corrals to get a closer look at these beautiful animals. Later experience the annual barbecue luncheon at a nearby large tent. After lunch, our guide will take us to see more wildlife and beauty of Custer State Park. We will also have an opportunity to visit the Buffalo Roundup Arts Festival. Over 150 exhibitors display their Native American crafts and South Dakota made products. This afternoon we begin our journey back to Nebraska. We will stop for a cowboy steak dinner at the small town cafe in Crawford, Nebraska. Our final destination will be Alliance, where we will overnight.
DAY FIVE: Saturday, September 28, 2019
Today we travel back to Omaha. We will arrive around 5:30 pm.