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. Enjoy a potato-inspired lunch in Blackfoot, ID, home of the Idaho potato, before you meet a local artist over a Be My Guest experience at By Western Hands Art Gallery. From standing in awe at Mount Rushmore to saying ?hi' to Buffalo Bill in Cody, these experiences will have your family reminiscing for years.

Be My Guest
  • Billings Get ready for a one-of-a-kind experience at Billings Depot. Greeted by hosts from Billings Depot and 406 Native Roots, unlock Native American culture over an educational presentation about Montana's local tribes before you join in on the fun. Yo
Dining Summary
  • 4 Dinner (D)
  • 1 Lunch (L)
  • 8 Breakfast (B)
Iconic Experience
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 r
  • 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
  • Badlands National Park Enjoy the spectacular sights as you make your way through Badlands Loop Road.
  • 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 lu
  • 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, explor
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER
  • Rapid City Travel to the past at the Oglala Lakota Living History Village and gain valuable insights into the culture and indigenous knowledge of Lakota Country. This experience advances UN Global Goals 10 & 11 Reduce Inequalities & Sustainable Cities a
  • 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
Must-see Highlights
  • Visit Badlands National Park, Oglala Lakota Living History Museum, Idaho Potato Museum, Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone National Park, the Black Hills, Crazy Horse Memorial, Mount Rushmore
  • Discover Jackson Hole, Cody, Billings, Keystone, Rapid City
  • Explore Montana's Indigenous culture and community in Billings
Stays With Stories
  • Rapid City Since opening its doors on July 1, 1928, the Alex Johnson Hotel hotel has played host to several presidents, countless celebrities, and some say a few spirits of its own. The handcrafted decor and Germanic Tudor-inspired architecture will leav
Whats Included
  • Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilized.
  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All transport and transfers shown
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

Call (269) 945-9852 for more information or to book today! Mention code 18573503

Tour Operator
Trafalgar Tours
Offer
Offer valid through 9/30/2024
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.

Accommodations: 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.

Accommodations: Modern Mountain Motel
Day 3West YellowstoneVisit 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. Travel onward to your hotel for the night.

Accommodations: Kelly Inn West Yellowstone
Day 4West YellowstoneYellowstone 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. See the wonders of the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone whose colors and shapes are a sight to behold. The rest of the evening is yours to enjoy on your own terms.

Accommodations: Kelly Inn West Yellowstone
Day 5BillingsImmerse 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 gives you the opportunity to explore the Buffalo Bill Museum, Plains Indians Museum, Whitney Western Art Museum, or the Draper Natural History Museum. Round out the day with a Be My Guest experience at Billings Depot where you'll meet the owners 406 Native Roots, an Indigenous arts and education center, before dining in a historic train terminal. You'll have the opportunity to learn about tipis and engage in a sweetgrass braiding activity led by a local Indigenous artist.

Accommodations: 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.

Accommodations: Hotel Alex Johnson Rapid City
Day 7Rapid CityExplore 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.

Accommodations: 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).

Accommodations: 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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