Black Hills – Mt. Rushmore – Cheyenne

Great Western Adventure

July 14 – 22

Day One: Our adventure begins as we board our deluxe motorcoach and head west!  We’ll travel through Western North Carolina, Eastern Tennessee and into the “Bluegrass State” of Kentucky today. Our home tonight will be just north of Louisville.

Day Two: This morning finds us traveling north into Indiana. We’ll arrive in Indianapolis – known as the “City of Speed” and make a stop at the famous Indy Motor Speedway (if the track is open, we’ll take a ride around the “Brickyard”). Then we’ll continue north – crossing through Illinois & making a brief stop in Chicago. This afternoon we travel through beautiful farmlands as we continue into the “Dairy State” of Wisconsin. Our home tonight will be in Sparta.

Day Three: Today we cross the mighty Mississippi into Minnesota, the “Land of 10,000 lakes” and continue west via I-90. The dairy farms will give way to the grasslands of the plains states as we cross into South Dakota. We’ll travel by Sioux Falls and on to Mitchell where we’ll tour the famous “Corn Palace” – a huge building that is flamboyantly Byzantine in architecture. The palace is decorated annually with scenic murals comprised of over 3,000 bushels of colored corn and grass. Our home tonight will be in Chamberlain, South Dakota. Dinner is included this evening.

Day Four: Our western adventure continues today as we cross the Missouri River and travel across South Dakota. Our tour director will tell us of such local places as Fort Defiance and Fort Kiowa; and the lifestyle of the Crow, Sioux and Kiowa Indians, This afternoon will be another highlight on our tour, when we stop at the famous “Wall Drug” in Wall, South Dakota and learn of the fascinating history of this sprawling business (and the importance of a cup of water). Then we take a tour of the Dakota Badlands. This fantastic, painted landscape of steep canyons, spires, and razor-edged ridges was made a National Monument by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1939 and became a National Park in 1978. Late this afternoon we’ll travel on to Rapid City for a visit to Mt. Rushmore and the Crazy Horse Memorial. Overnight will be in the Rapid City area.

Day Five: This morning we’ll travel through the Black Hills region of South Dakota and into Wyoming…Our route will take us by way of the Thunder Basin National Grassland – once home to thousands of buffalo, elk and pronghorn deer. Late this afternoon we’ll arrive in the outskirts of Cheyenne – still one of the most historic towns in the west!

Day Six: Cheyenne once had a reputation as “Hell on Wheels” when the Union Pacific Railroad reached here and brought with it professional gunmen, gamblers, soldiers, cowboys, and outlaws. Saloons and cheap liquor made this a haven for desperadoes, confidence men, and saloon girls. We’ll learn the history of the city this morning when we tour the Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum. We’ll see a fantastic collection of weapons, carriages, clothing and western art. We’ll depart Cheyenne and travel east through the Cheyenne Indian Reservation – following the Platte River as it winds its way through the “Cornhusker State” of Nebraska. We’ll make a special stop at Gothenburg to visit the Pony Express Station and then continue to Lincoln for overnight.

Day Seven: This morning we’ll travel through the southwestern corner of Iowa and into the “Show-Me” state of Missouri. We’ll travel south on I-29 by way to St. Joseph (with a special stop at the Historic Center) to Kansas City. Then we travel I-70 east to the bustling city of St. Louis. Late this afternoon we’ll get a chance to take a transporter ride to the top of the famed Gateway Arch and visit the pioneer museum. This evening you can enjoy the activities along the waterfront or maybe try your hand at “Lady Luck” on one of the riverboat casinos.

Day Eight: St. Louis is home to many industries, but one of the most famous is the Budweiser Brewing Company. This morning we’ll visit Grant Park where we’ll get to see the famous Clydesdale horses that are used in parades throughout the country and the Budweiser commercials. Late this morning we’ll depart St. Louis and head east to Nashville, Tennessee – our home for tonight. This evening we’ll enjoy a delicious “farewell dinner” in Nashville.

Day Nine: This will be a great day to sit back and relax as we travel across the Cumberland Plateau of middle Tennessee and into the Great Smoky Mountains on our way home. It’s hard to believe we have seen so much beautiful scenery and interesting sights in just nine days. Now it’s time to start planning our next adventure with Legacy Tours.

Tour includes 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 3 dinners (13 meals total)

Price Per Person: $1489 Double  |  $1457 Triple  |  $1441 Quad  |  $1939 Single