| Breakfast: ||Continental breakfast in the hotel.|
| Morning: ||Travel to Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse.
The majestic, 60-foot faces of four U.S. presidents gaze out over South Dakota’s Black Hills. From the Grandview Terrace, the views are spectacular of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. Discover why the four presidents were selected, see how the mountain was carved and learn about sculptor Gutzon Borglum and workers who brought Mount Rushmore to life. Visit the interpretive center that explains how the mountain was carved, watch a short introduction film, find your state flag, and just enjoy the beauty of the area. If you can walk stairs, you may want to take a half-mile walk on the Presidential Trail.|
Later in the morning, see a fifth granite face that has emerged in the Black Hills, 15 miles from Mount Rushmore. Crazy Horse is the largest sculptural undertaking ever, on a scale with the Egyptian pyramids. In 1939, Lakota Chief Henry Standing Bear invited sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski to carve an Indian memorial in the Black Hills. Though Korczak died in 1982, the sculptor’s family continues the non-profit project. It will be the largest mountain carving in the world when completed.
| Lunch: ||Along the way.|
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| Afternoon: ||Enjoy a drive through Custer State Park’s 73,000 acres, one of the largest state parks in the nation. While driving the park’s Wildlife Loop, watch for one of the largest publicly owned bison herds in the nation, as well as mule and whitetail deer, antelope, “begging” burros, coyotes, wild turkeys, elk, mountain goats, bighorn sheep and Golden Eagles. The State Game Lodge, located within the park, is a gracious stone-and-wood lodge built in 1920 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It served as the "Summer White House" for President Calvin Coolidge in 1927 and was visited by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1953.|
Later in the afternoon, learn how on Jan. 3, 1903, President Theodore Roosevelt signed the order creating Wind Cave National Park as the eighth park in the country and the first to protect a cave. The park is home to mixed-grass prairie, Ponderosa pine forest, and wildlife such as bison, elk, pronghorn, mule deer, coyotes and prairie dogs. The cave is one of the world’s largest at 138.74 miles and is well-known for its winds at the cave’s entrance, as well as its unusual formations of “boxes.”
| Dinner: ||At local restaurant.|
| Evening: ||Enjoy time on your own, perhaps to go for a swim in the hotel pool or just relax after a busy day in the Black Hills.|