Finish your Tenth Triennial Gathering experience this summer in Minneapolis with a four-night, five-day western adventure. From Sunday, July 16, to Thursday, July 20, travel from the Twin Cities to South Dakota where you’ll visit Mount Rushmore and Laura Ingalls Wilder’s home.
You’ll also see the Corn Palace, the Badlands, the Circle B Ranch, Borglum Museum, Crazy Horse Memorial, Wall Drug and take an 1880s train ride. See the itinerary below.
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Day One: Sunday, July 16, 2017
We’ll depart the Twin Cities via deluxe motor coach at 12 p.m. with a tour guide. We’ll stay at the Mitchell Hotel in Mitchell, South Dakota. A cookie and coffee reception will be served upon arrival. Dinner will be provided at a restaurant in Mitchell.
Day Two: Monday, July 17, 2017
After breakfast at our hotel, we’ll visit the Corn Palace. The original Corn Palace, called “The Corn Belt Exposition” was established in 1892. Early settlers displayed the fruits of their harvest on the building exterior to prove the fertility of South Dakota soil.
After the Corn Palace, we’ll travel through South Dakota and visit the Badlands, which contains the world’s richest Oligocene Epoch fossil beds. Bison, bighorn sheep, endangered black-footed ferrets and fox roam one of the largest, protected mixed-grass prairies in the United States.
Accommodations will be in Hill City, South Dakota, 10 miles from Mount Rushmore National Memorial and many other area attractions. Almost everything in Hill City is within walking distance of the hotel, including several shops, gift stores, galleries and a variety of restaurants. The museums of the Black Hills region offer a wide variety of exhibits and collections.
Dinner will be at the Circle B Ranch and will be like stepping back in time. Guests can stroll along the wooden sidewalks of the Old West town, browse in the Wild Horse Gift Shop, or sip a cold sarsaparilla in the Circle B Stage Stop. Western entertainment will be part of our dining experience.
Day Three: Tuesday, July 18, 2017
After breakfast in the hotel, we’ll venture to the Black Hill of South Dakota and into the world of Gutzon Borglum, the sculptor of Mount Rushmore. On the tour, you will learn about the artist, his family and his famous friends.
Then we’ll enjoy an 1880s steam train. Time will be spent in Hill City for lunch and shopping on your own. Next, we’ll visit the Crazy Horse Memorial, the world’s largest mountain sculpture in progress in the Black Hills of South Dakota. The Memorial’s mission is to honor the culture, tradition and living heritage of North American Indians. Following Crazy Horse, we’ll visit Mount Rushmore for dinner at this location. A lighting ceremony is held in the amphitheater summer evenings at 9 p.m.
Day Four: Wednesday, July 19, 2017
After breakfast at our hotel, we’ll visit Wall Drug Store, which got its start during the Depression years by offering free ice water to thirsty travelers. Since 1931, the family-owned and run business continues what their reputation was and is built on — giving friendly service to the public. In the afternoon, we’ll tour Laura Ingalls Wilder Homestead. Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote many of her Little House stories about this land. Lodging accommodations will be in Brookings, South Dakota, with dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 5: Thursday, July 20, 2017
We’ll have breakfast in our hotel and return to the Twin Cities by noon.
Cost of this five-day trip is: $1,350 (single occupancy), $ 995 (double occupancy).