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8 Days | 7 Nights
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. 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.
Capture the spirit of the West where pioneers, explorers and ranchers forged American ideals of adventure and rugged individualism. In South Dakota, experience Mount Rushmore and the other-worldly beauty of Badlands National Park. Walk the trail at Wyoming’s Devils Tower, our country’s first National Monument, and marvel at American technological innovation at North Dakota’s massive wind, oil, coal and gas energy complexes. Visit two state capitols, dine on a Missouri River paddle wheeler and delve into the heritage of the Native Americans who inhabited these lands centuries ago.


• See a reconstruction of Gen. George Custer’s base for his ill-fated campaign against the Plains Indians at the Little Bighorn.
• At the Burning Hills Amphitheater, take in the Medora Musical, an extravaganza of horses, cowboys and music.
• Discuss clean-energy technology at the Wilton Wind Farm, where you view 260-foot-tall wind towers fitted with 120-foot blades.

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Walking one to two miles per day, frequent getting on/off coach.

Itinerary Summary

Arrival Rapid City, S.D., 2 nights; coach to Pierre, 1 night; coach to Bismarck, N.D., 2 nights; coach to Medora, 1 night; coach to Rapid City, S.D., 1 night; departure.

Coordinated by South Dakota and Regional Traveling Studies.

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7 nights of accommodations
18 meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners
27 Expert-led lectures
28 Field trips
1 Performances


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