Wild West, Cowboys and Buffalos End Rapid City

Tour Type: Family Experience
Brochure Type: USA Canada and Central America 2025 v1

History comes alive on this family adventure into the wild west! Admire the peaks of the Grand Tetons, travel and watch Old Faithful put on a show at Yellowstone and see the vastness of South Dakota's Badlands on this epic National Parks tour. Meet a local farmer and come close to the American bison. Enjoy a potato-inspired lunch, stand in awe at Mount Rushmore and say 'hi' to Buffalo Bill - experiences that will have your family reminiscing for years.

Dining Summary
  • 1 Kickoff Party (KP)
  • 8 Breakfast (B)
  • 3 Lunch (L)
  • 2 Dinner (D)
Iconic Experience
  • Idaho Falls: Enjoy a self-guided visit of the Idaho Potato Museum where you'll learn about the many facets of the potato industry from planting and irrigation to harvesting and processing. After your tour you'll get to taste a real Idaho baked potato with all the fixings followed by Potato Ice Cream.
  • Grand Teton National Park: Head to Grand Teton National Park for sightseeing of its alpine landscapes featuring eight peaks towering 12,000 feet above. At the Craig Thomas Visitor Center, gaze out at the Teton Range rising above. Inside the Center, explore the themes of place, people, preservation, mountaineering and Native Americans as you contemplate the past and future of this park. With your Travel Director enhancing your visit through narrative, drive by Jenny Lake, a glacier-carved lake at the base of the Teton Mountains.
  • Yellowstone National Park: Yellowstone National Park. A bucket list destination and a must-see icon. Established as America's first National Park by President Grant in 1872, Yellowstone is famous for its hot springs, bubbling mud pots, vast canyons and lush forests and a variety of terrain including alpine mountains, prairies, valleys and waterfalls as well as a diversity of nature including the hydrothermal features. Explore the Southern Loop of Yellowstone with your Travel Director who shows you the must-sees and highlights, paired with background information of this huge, ever-changing national park. See the splendor of the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, keep an eye out for bison in Hayden Valley, and witness Old Faithful blow off some steam.
  • Cody: Jump into the playground of the wild west. Glimpse into the "Spirit of the West" at the Buffalo Bill Center for the West Museum complex. Boasting five museums on its campus, this 'Smithsonian of the West' will immerse you in the sounds and sights of the Wild West. You'll feel like you've been transported back to a time of cowboys and cowgirls, outlaws and Native American warriors.
  • Black Hills: Unlock the history of Crazy Horse Memorial. Learn how construction began in 1948 after Henry Standing Bear, a Lakota elder, commissioned Korczak Ziolkowski, who worked on construction of Mount Rushmore. While the original idea was to carve a face into rock like Mount Rushmore, the monument will ultimately have a full body and horse. There is no completion date yet, but the face of Crazy Horse was completed in 1998 at 87 feet 6 inches (26.7 m) high. Enhance your visit exploring The Indian Museum of North America that is also part of the Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation.
  • Badlands National Park: Enjoy the spectacular sights as you make your way through Badlands Loop Road.
  • Mount Rushmore: The grand faces of Mount Rushmore National Memorial await. View the faces of four of America's most important presidents - George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt - dramatically etched into the granite rock. Mount Rushmore tells the story of the birth, growth, development and preservation of the United States. From the history of the first inhabitants to the diversity of America today, visitors will come face to face (literally) with the rich heritage we all share.
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER
  • Rapid City: Travel to the past from the present at the Oglala Lakota Living History Village and gain priceless insights into the culture and indigenous knowledge of Lakota Country.
  • Rapid City: Get ready for a one-of-a-kind-experience meeting Stephen Yellowhawk to discover the history of his tribe during a festive evening of dance and song. A performer for more than 20 years, Stephen has a passion for dance and sheer determination to promote his Native American culture. Raised by his grandparents from the Lakota tribe and Onondaga Iroquois tribe, Stephen will share his family and tribal history, culture, and traditions with you. Your visit directly supports United Nations Sustainable Development Goal: Reduced Inequalities.
Must-see Highlights
  • Explore Durham Ranch, one of the largest bison ranches in the USA
  • Discover Native American culture and traditions when you meet a Lakota Tribe Member and gain a greater understanding and appreciation of the richness of the culture
  • Visit Badlands National Park, Oglala Lakota Living History Museum, Idaho Potato Museum, Jackson, Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone National Park, Cody, the Black Hills, Crazy Horse Memorial, Mount Rushmore
Whats Included
  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • All transport and transfers shown
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilized.
Whats Included
  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • All transport and transfers shown
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilized.

Call (972) 270-2213 for more information or to book today! Mention code 18076649

Tour Operator
Trafalgar Tours
Offer
Offer valid through 6/30/2024
Duration
9 Days
Escorted
Escorted - Yes
DayDestinationDescription
Day 1Salt Lake CityStart Your Travels In Salt Lake City: Saddle up for a Wild West family adventure starting with a relaxing afternoon together in Salt Lake City before meeting your travel companions for a rootin' tootin' evening Kick-off Party with your Travel Director.
The Little America Hotel
Day 2JacksonIdaho Potato Museum and Scavenger Hunt: Put on your cowboy hats, pull up your boots and get ready to make memories that will last a lifetime. Experience the rich history and culture of the world's most humble vegetable - the potato! Visitors to the Idaho Potato Museum will learn about the many facets of the potato industry from planting and irrigation to harvesting and processing. There's no place better to showcase potatoes than in 'The Potato Capital of the World,' Blackfoot, Idaho! You will enjoy a potato-themed lunch including potato ice cream! Then, it's off to Jackson Hole, WY where you can walk through the town's famous landmark arch of tangled elk antlers. Step back in time as you explore the Town Square with its Western boardwalks, craft boutiques and ice cream shops-all surrounded by the majestic Rockies.
Modern Mountain Motel
Day 3Grand Teton National ParkVisit Grand Teton National Park: Family fun awaits every day of this trip and today is no exception. If the season is right, today is your chance to get out on the water for some adventures. Rise early to float down the Snake River on an optional, scenic wilderness float trip. It's the most relaxing way to experience the river as you learn about its history, geology, and wildlife from an expert guide. Later, discover dramatic shimmering peaks of the Teton Range rising above alpine forests and lakes in the iconic Grand Teton National Park. Travel onward to your hotel for the night.
National Park Lodges Yellowstone
Day 4YellowstoneYellowstone Sightseeing: Today you'll enjoy a full day's exploration of the geothermal wonderland of Yellowstone. You'll join your Travel Director, marvelling at Old Faithful, the thousand-year old geyser which has been shooting up water every 90 minutes for centuries. We aim to explore as much of the park's geological wonders, stopping at Lake Yellowstone, which contains the largest number of wild cutthroat trout in North America. See the wonders of the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone whose colors and shapes are a sight to behold. We'll also view Artists Point, a view point from which you watch in awe as water cascades down the Lower Falls. Our last stop on our Yellowstone exploration is the Mud Volcano home to Dragon Mouth's Spring. After a full day of sightseeing, enjoy a three course dinner at your hotel.
National Park Lodges Yellowstone
Day 5SheridanImmerse Into The Culture Of The Old West: You'll get a glimpse into 'Spirit of the West' at the Buffalo Bill Center for the West museum complex. As you wander through this huge set of exhibits you'll feel like you've been transported back to a time of cowboys and cowgirls, lawmen and brave Native American warriors. The complex includes the Buffalo Bill Museum, Plains Indians Museum, Whitney Western Art Museum, Drapter and Natural History Museum. The museum was founded in 1917 and today holds over 50,000 artifacts. The Museum has been part of the Smithsonian Affiliate Membership Program for the past 15 years.
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Billings
Day 6Rapid CityVenture Into Rapid City: We continue our discovery of the Wild West heading through the "Energy Capital of the US," Gillette, WY. Then, we travel to South Dakota to spend the afternoon getting familiar with a famed Lakota warrior at Crazy Horse Memorial. You'll gaze in awe of this colossal carved tribute to Crazy Horse, which you'll learn is the largest mountain carving in the world.
Hotel Alex Johnson Rapid City
Day 7Badlands National ParkExplore Badlands National Park Make Travel Matter: Today, participate in a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER Experience with a visit to the Oglala Lakota Living History Village, introducing you to the beautiful landscape of the past and present Lakota culture, and of indigenous knowledge of Pine Ridge Reservation. Your visit contributes to the sustainability and resiliency of the Lakota community. Walk with a local guide on the trails through displays of living quarters used through the 19th and 20th centuries. Meet local artists who, through crafts and storytelling, provide insight into their cultures and traditions. Later, visit the Ben Reifel Visitor Center, the perfect place to prepare for your visit of Badlands National Park. Learn about the local earth science, wildlife and history as you explore museum exhibits, visit a working Fossil Preparation Lab or learn about Indigenous communities who one inhabited the land.
Hotel Alex Johnson Rapid City
Day 8Rapid CityEncounter The Traditions Of Black Hills Make Travel Matter: Today, head for the famous Black Hills of South Dakota to view the giant faces of former American presidents etched in the stone cliffs of Mount Rushmore. This evening, join your fellow adventurers at a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER Experience and Farewell Dinner featuring your Lakota Sioux Tribe Member Stephen Yellowhawk (or another tribe member).
Hotel Alex Johnson Rapid City
Day 9Rapid CityFarewell Rapid City: Your Wild West adventure comes to an end after breakfast. Say so long to your newfound friends this morning. Depart from Rapid City at your leisure.
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05/25/2025$3,880.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
06/15/2025$4,016.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
06/22/2025$4,016.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
06/29/2025$3,925.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
07/06/2025$3,925.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
07/13/2025$3,925.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
07/20/2025$3,925.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
08/10/2025$3,925.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
08/24/2025$3,895.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
09/07/2025$3,925.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
09/14/2025$3,925.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
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