South Dakota
The Best of Mount Rushmore, the Black Hills and Badlands
Discover South Dakota’s beautiful Black Hills and Badlands, where bison mosey through roadside meadows and hand-carved mountains tower over vast stretches of untouched wilderness.
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Program No. 13160RJ
7 days
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The land now shadowed by Mount Rushmore was, up until the 1870s, called the "last great unknown." Enrich your understanding of American growth in this vast wilderness as you immerse yourself in the discovery of Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse, Badlands National Park and The Mammoth Site. Study the lives of gold seekers and sod busters, and discover the Old West before a handful of presidents made it famous.
Activity Level
Walking up to one mile on varied terrain; some stairs. Elevations up to 4,300 feet.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Expand your mind with interpretive field trips to Mount Rushmore National Memorial, the Crazy Horse Memorial and Custer State Park.
  • Experience the otherworldly moon-like landscape of spectacular Badlands National Park.
  • Discover an active paleontological dig site, which boasts the largest concentration of mammoth remains in the world!
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Jerry Gau
Jerry Gau is a native of South Dakota, born in the eastern part of the state. After completing high school, he joined the U.S. Army and served in Korea. He then returned to South Dakota and with the exception of one winter that he spent in Arizona, he has been a lifelong resident of the Mount Rushmore State. In 1967, he began a career in the insurance business and remains a licensed agent. In 1998, semi-retired and with time to explore new adventures, he began a new vocation as a group leader. This has resulted in travel to all parts of the U.S., but South Dakota remains a favorite. Jerry has been blessed with one daughter, two sons, three grandsons and two great-granddaughters. He resides in Rapid City, which has been his home since 1988.
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