Sunrise Tours is a family owned and operated company that was started in 1993. The company has grown steadily over the years, and now consists of 20 fantastic employees and offices in St. Louis, Indianapolis and Kansas City. We pride ourselves on delivering extremely high quality tour experiences at a fair price, and we consider repeat Sunrise Tours customers our most important marketing “tool”.
Each fall the Great Buffalo Roundup allows for sorting, vaccination and branding of these majestic beasts; an incredible sight to see and a critical management tool in maintaining a strong and healthy herd!
Day 1: Denver, CO Let the Wild West journey begin with a flight into Denver and an overnight stay in Cheyenne, Wyoming. D
Day 2: Rapid City, SD Visit famed Fort Laramie, this “grand old post” was the backdrop for the entire sweeping saga of America’s western expansion and Indian resistance to encroachment on their territories. In Hot Springs, SD, see the impressive Mammoth Site museum and paleontological site that contains the remains preserved by entrapment in a karst sinkhole during the Pleistocene era. Travel through Wind Cave National Park to enjoy an Old West supper at Blue Bell Lodge before getting comfortable for a four-night stay in the Comfort Suites Hotel in Rapid City, SD. B, D
Day 3: “Paha Sapa” (the Black Hills) Enjoy a factory tour of the Black Hills Gold manufacturing site. A local expert will guide us to Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse Monument, including a ride to the base of the immense sculpture in progress. This evening is a special experience as we explore the Suzie Cappa Art Center for a private dinner followed by a visit from “Sequoia” who will dance, play the flute and share Sioux Indian culture stories. B, D
Day 4: Giddy-up! Today’s the day! A bright and early morning in Custer State Park for the 52nd annual Great Buffalo Roundup. Feel the thunderous rumble as cowboys and cowgirls saddle up to drive the park’s some 1,200 buffalo into the corrals to brand the herd. Board the 1880 Train for a journey through the Black Hills National Forest on a vintage train that helped develop the West. Return to Rapid City with optional time to view the City of Presidents life-size bronze statues of our nation’s leaders. B, L
Day 5: Western Frontier Travel to Lead, SD, via the historic Custer Trail and indulge in the rich mining heritage with a guided tour of the Black Hills Mining Museum. Gold mining is the #1 industry, perhaps you will want to try gold panning! With our personal guide, experience the Wild West history of Deadwood, SD and visit Mount Moriah Cemetery where the graves of Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane are located. Free time to explore Deadwood before dinner at the Deadwood Social Club, located in historic Saloon #10. B, D
Day 6: Buttes, Canyons and Pinnacles Explore the Badlands of South Dakota, the dramatic and sculptured pinnacles and surreal painted gullies preserve the past in layers of colorful sediment. Savor a home-style lunch at the famous Wall Drug Store established in 1931 and satisfying customers ever since that first “free ice water!” After shopping in the store, travel to Sioux City for an overnight stay on the riverfront. B, L
Day 7: Return Home B
* Price includes outgoing airfare from STL.
Combine this tour with Colorado Trains Amid Fall Color and subtract $400 per person off the combined rate!
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