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BEGINS IN: RAPID CITY, SOUTH DAKOTA

On the Road: South Dakota's Black Hills and Wyoming's Yellowstone and Tetons

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Program #1932RJ
7 Days | 6 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
While all of our learning adventures offer extraordinary value, our "Best Value" programs were rated by our participants themselves who thought their dollar went particularly far.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Debbie from Griffin, GA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/01/13 - 09/07/13
I will try to write an objective and truthful review that will help those who may be considering this tour. First, the good things: The scenery was amazing! The hotels, ranging from historical to modern, were lovely in their own unique way. Most of the meals were very good. We were given a great deal of information thru videos on the coach, by our tour directors' lectures, and by self educating at the many places we visited. Our fellow travelers were delightful and were quick to help each other, when needed. Our driver was the best! Now for the bad: If you don't like long bus rides, this trip is NOT for you We failed to research the distances that we would be traveling and no reviews by previous travelers mentioned it. The long days were exhausting, especially for a group of seniors. We wish that we had chosen to either tour the North/South Dakota region OR Yellowstone/Grand Tetons region, but not both in 5 days.

James from Brockton, MA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/01/13 - 09/07/13
This was our first RS adventure and we cannot wait to do another one. This trip is primarily a motor coach tour with lots of on and off the bus stops for photo opportunities or rest stops. There are two very long days to cross and recross Wyoming...but no way around that. It had a very ambitious itinerary but provided ample time at each of the scheduled stops and even a couple of extra excursions thrown in. Hotel accommodations and food were very good. Tour Directors, Pat and Paul Barber were outstanding. Driver was excellent. Glad we flew in a day early and booked a side tour to Badlands...if you are out there, it's a must see. Also glad we stayed an extra night to decompress and get ready for the trip home. Met lots of wonderful people, learned a lot and had a wonderful time. Thank you RS and thank you fellow travelers.

Mary from Jacksonville, FL Number of programs attended: 13
Date attended: 07/13/13 - 07/19/13
Our leader, Marilyn Howland was about the best leader we have ever had. She was a professional, knowledgable, talented and expert coordinator.

Dorothy from New York, NY Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 07/13/13 - 07/19/13
This was my first Road Scholar program, but it certainly won't be my last. If all the program leaders are as excellent as Marilyn Hovland, I know that I won't be disappointed.

Marilyn from Delmont, PA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 07/13/13 - 07/19/13
A great program with an excellent instructor. Our first Road Scholar trip and because of the quality of this program, it will not be our last.

Sylvia from New York, NY Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 06/15/13 - 06/21/13
Sylvia from New York, New York June 15-June 21, 2013 On the Road-South Dakota and Wyoming was my first Road Scholar trip. It may have set a standard that will be hard to match. The program was full of information and interesting experiences. Marilyn and her staff were warm and gracious, and always attentive to our needs. Throw in the amazing places that we visited, and you have a total success.

Cynthia from Girard, OH Number of programs attended: 9
Date attended: 06/15/13 - 06/21/13
Excellent program. Marilyn was exceptional. Comprehensive overview of both Wyoming and South Dakota.

Rena from Hoover, AL Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 06/15/13 - 06/21/13
Everything about the On the Road- South Dakota and Wyoming trip exceeded my expectations. Marilyn was so entertaining, informative and a delight to be with.

Patricia from Bethesda, MD Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 09/02/12 - 09/08/12
This was my fifth Road Scholar program and is my favorite so far.The program is well paced and the content varied and fascinating. It includes not only spectacular scenery, wildlife viewing, and historic sites but also delves into Native American and Western history, paleontology and geology. However,the outstanding factor in making the experience so memorable was our leader, Marilyn. The trip was well paced and long stretches on the bus crossing great distances were never dull due to the educational videos and presentations she made on route as well as the games and surprises she threw in. I highly recommend this trip.

Harvey from Lutherville, MD Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 09/02/12 - 09/08/12
The trip to S.D. and Wyoming was an excellent experience. Our guide Marilyn was top notch and provided an excellent program for everyone to enjoy. She went out of her way to make this trip educational and enjoyable for all 46 of the Road Scholars. I have been on a number of Road Scholar trips over the past years and she ranks as one of the best group leaders on all of my trips. It is a journey that I wont' forget.

Sharon from Columbus, OH Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/02/12 - 09/08/12
My first Road Scholar trip couldn't have been better! And our guide, Marilyn, was superb. People asked me what I was going to do when I got home and I said, "Plan my next trip, of course!"

George from Ridge, MD Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/02/12 - 09/08/12
This was our first Road Scholar trip and what an experience it was! We were looking forward to seeing Yellowstone, the Grand Tetons, and Mt. Rushmore, and they more than lived up to our expectations. Their natural beauty and grandeur are magnificent and, in the case of Mt. Rushmore, such an impressive human achievement. And while we would have been content if we had done nothing more during our trip than see those three national treasures, the trip provided so many more sights and experiences, some of which were much more than I expected. On the first full day, after a morning at Mt. Rushmore and the Crazy Horse Memorial, we went in the afternoon we went to Custer State Park where we saw impressive numbers of buffalos, then finished the day by going to The Mammoth Site in Hot Springs, SD, where a number of mammoths bones (bones belonging to 60 mammoths at last count) were discovered less than 50 years ago. It was a wonderful learning experience to complete our first day. And thanks to Marilyn Hovland, our energetic and knowledgeable tour leader, every day of our tour was filled with surprising sights and learning experiences that made that day and the entire trip even more eventful, even on days when we mainly anticipated clocking miles and miles on the bus to get to our next major stop. On the bus, Marilyn kept us informed with videos on places we would be seeing, snacks to keep us going to our next meal, personal stories, and a good sense of humor. We highly recommend this program. We accomplished in 5 and a half full days what it would have taken us at least 3 weeks to do. Last but not least, we want to thank our great driver, Ron Carlsrud, for his skill, professional demeanor and unfailing cheerfulness, and Marilyn’s husband who helped out at the start and end in Rapid City, and took the group photo at Mt. Rushmore.

Richard from Taylorsville, NC Number of programs attended: 6
Date attended: 09/02/12 - 09/08/12
We have been on 7 Road Scholar trips and thos one ranks among the best mostly because of Marilyn, our tour guide.

Joan from Everson, WA Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 09/02/12 - 09/08/12
This is an exceptional program, informative and excellent in every way. I would highly recommend it as a "do not miss" opportunity to see the land and people of the great west. Marilyn Hovland, the tour director, is absolutely outstanding!

Samuel from Chestnut Hill, MA Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 09/02/12 - 09/08/12
This program was great. This is our third Road Scholar program in one year. Marilyn Hovland made it special. We will continue to travel with you

Judith from Norwood, MA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/02/12 - 09/08/12
Please feel free to use any of my comments above. This was an extraordinary experience....right length of time, right pacing of the activities. I credit Marilyn Hovland with all she did to make this adventure wonderful.

Charles from Georgetown, TX Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 06/16/12 - 06/22/12
My wife and I had a wonderful time on the trip. The accomadations were very nice, the food was good, the bus was confortable, the tour guide was first rate and everything went smoothly and on schedule. We even had a bonus attraction not on the tour on the way back to SD from WY.

Kathy from Waukesha, WI Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 06/16/12 - 06/22/12
Our guide was fantastic, our bus driver was fantastic, and our group was fantastic. If I could relive the experience I certainly would. Thanks to EVERYONE for making mu "dream trip" a dream come true. Kathy (Waukesha, WI)

Rebecca from Tulsa, OK Number of programs attended: 8
Date attended: 06/16/12 - 06/22/12
I am so happy that my husband and I decided to enroll
for this program.
It was wonderful from the beginning to end.
In large part due to our Group Leader, Marilyn.
You might think that covering such a large area on a
bus would be uncomfortable & even boring.
Not so on this bus!! Marilyn kept us entertained,
and kept delicious snacks coming.
There were videos & games. The miles flew by and we
had such a good time.
The hotels were very good. I had wondered about the
historic Hotel Irma in Cody, Wyoming. I wasted my
time giving it a thought. It was so charming and has
a great Main Street (downtown) location.

The last day Marilyn gave us a surprise...Devil's
Tower. She managed to fit it into our busy schedule
and everyone was thrilled. Many of walked around the
base which is 1.3 miles.

Staying at Old Faithful Inn was better than I could
have imagined. Old Faithful was right outside our
window. In fact, it was like our window was a
picture frame for it.

We made many memories that will bring us smiles
for years to come.

Bonnie from Reno, NV Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 06/16/12 - 06/22/12
Who knew that the Rushmore experience would be so exhilarating and meaningful! Yellowstone, the Tetons, the hills areas in S. Dakota so breathtaking. The museums and interpretive centers that Marilyn picked out were educational and interesting, and I will never forget the experience of the Mammoth Center and viewing the bones as they were found. We also saw several very good tapes reviewing the Indians, history, and geology of the area. Thanks to Marilyn my first Road Scholar trip was great, and I am looking forward to the next one.


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"Bay, Tetons" Uploaded By: James

"Old Faithful at sunrise" Uploaded By: James

"geyser field, Yellowstone" Uploaded By: James

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"Grand Teton National Park WY" Uploaded By: Marilyn

"Old Faithful thermal features in Yellowstone National Park" Uploaded By: Marilyn

"Apples for the Burros in Custer State Park" Uploaded By: Marilyn

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"Bison mother (with winter coat still on) and newborn calf" Uploaded By: Marilyn

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"One of thousands of thermal features in Yellowstone National Park" Uploaded By: Marilyn

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6 nights of accommodations
15 meals: 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners
20 Expert-led lectures
20 Field trips
7 Hands-on experiences
1 Performances

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