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20297
South Dakota/Wyoming

On the Road: Mount Rushmore, Yellowstone and Grand Tetons

Explore the iconic monuments and national parks of South Dakota and Wyoming. From Mount Rushmore to Old Faithful, from herds of bison to Mammoth Site — this adventure is big!
Rating (4.93)
Program No. 20297RJ
Length
9 days
Starts at
2,529
South Dakota/Wyoming

On the Road: Mount Rushmore, Yellowstone and Grand Tetons

Explore the iconic monuments and national parks of South Dakota and Wyoming. From Mount Rushmore to Old Faithful, from herds of bison to Mammoth Site — this adventure is big!
Length
9 days
Starts at
2,529
Length
9 days
Rating (4.93)
Starts at
2,529
Program No. 20297RJ

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The itinerary for this program is different on certain dates.
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DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Jul 13 - Jul 21, 2022
Starting at
2,529
Jul 19 - Jul 28, 2022
Starting at
3,479
Itinerary Note

This date is 9-night Itinerary: Arrival Rapid City, SD, 3 nights; Cody, WY., 1 night; West Yellowstone, MT 1 night ; Grand Tetons, WY 2 nights; Casper, WY, 1 night; Rapid City, 1 night, departure. This date includes one extra day to include: Badlands National Park, Wall Drug and the Minute Man Missile National Historic Visitors Center.

Aug 15 - Aug 23, 2022
Starting at
2,529
Aug 16 - Aug 25, 2022
Starting at
3,479
Itinerary Note

This date is 9-night Itinerary: Arrival Rapid City, SD, 3 nights; Cody, WY., 1 night; West Yellowstone, MT 1 night ; Grand Tetons, WY 2 nights; Casper, WY, 1 night; Rapid City, 1 night, departure. This date includes one extra day to include: Badlands National Park, Wall Drug and the Minute Man Missile National Historic Visitors Center.

Aug 23 - Sep 1, 2022
Starting at
2,879
Itinerary Note

This date is 9-night Itinerary: Arrival Rapid City, SD, 3 nights; Cody, WY., 1 night; West Yellowstone, MT 1 night ; Grand Tetons, WY 2 nights; Casper, WY, 1 night; Rapid City, 1 night, departure. This date includes one extra day to include: Badlands National Park, Wall Drug and the Minute Man Missile National Historic Visitors Center.

Sep 5 - Sep 13, 2022
Starting at
2,529
Sep 6 - Sep 15, 2022
Starting at
3,479
Itinerary Note

This date is 9-night Itinerary: Arrival Rapid City, SD, 3 nights; Cody, WY., 1 night; West Yellowstone, MT 1 night ; Grand Tetons, WY 2 nights; Casper, WY, 1 night; Rapid City, 1 night, departure. This date includes one extra day to include: Badlands National Park, Wall Drug and the Minute Man Missile National Historic Visitors Center.

Sep 7 - Sep 15, 2022
Starting at
2,529
Sep 9 - Sep 18, 2022
Starting at
2,879
Itinerary Note

This date is 9-night Itinerary: Arrival Rapid City, SD, 3 nights; Cody, WY., 1 night; West Yellowstone, MT 1 night ; Grand Tetons, WY 2 nights; Casper, WY, 1 night; Rapid City, 1 night, departure. This date includes one extra day to include: Badlands National Park, Wall Drug and the Minute Man Missile National Historic Visitors Center.

May 30 - Jun 8, 2023
Starting at
3,449
Jun 6 - Jun 15, 2023
Starting at
4,099
Jun 8 - Jun 17, 2023
Starting at
3,449
Jun 13 - Jun 22, 2023
Starting at
4,099
Jun 15 - Jun 24, 2023
Starting at
3,449
Jul 11 - Jul 20, 2023
Starting at
4,099
Jul 18 - Jul 27, 2023
Starting at
3,449
Jul 20 - Jul 29, 2023
Starting at
3,449
Jul 25 - Aug 3, 2023
Starting at
3,449
Aug 15 - Aug 24, 2023
Starting at
4,099
Aug 21 - Aug 30, 2023
Starting at
3,449
Aug 25 - Sep 3, 2023
Starting at
3,449
Aug 31 - Sep 9, 2023
Starting at
4,099
Sep 5 - Sep 14, 2023
Starting at
3,449
Sep 7 - Sep 16, 2023
Starting at
4,099
Sep 12 - Sep 21, 2023
Starting at
3,449
Sep 14 - Sep 23, 2023
Starting at
3,449
DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Jul 13 - Jul 21, 2022
Starting at
3,579
Jul 19 - Jul 28, 2022
Starting at
4,579
Itinerary Note

This date is 9-night Itinerary: Arrival Rapid City, SD, 3 nights; Cody, WY., 1 night; West Yellowstone, MT 1 night ; Grand Tetons, WY 2 nights; Casper, WY, 1 night; Rapid City, 1 night, departure. This date includes one extra day to include: Badlands National Park, Wall Drug and the Minute Man Missile National Historic Visitors Center.

Aug 15 - Aug 23, 2022
Starting at
3,579
Aug 16 - Aug 25, 2022
Starting at
4,579
Itinerary Note

This date is 9-night Itinerary: Arrival Rapid City, SD, 3 nights; Cody, WY., 1 night; West Yellowstone, MT 1 night ; Grand Tetons, WY 2 nights; Casper, WY, 1 night; Rapid City, 1 night, departure. This date includes one extra day to include: Badlands National Park, Wall Drug and the Minute Man Missile National Historic Visitors Center.

Aug 23 - Sep 1, 2022
Starting at
3,979
Itinerary Note

This date is 9-night Itinerary: Arrival Rapid City, SD, 3 nights; Cody, WY., 1 night; West Yellowstone, MT 1 night ; Grand Tetons, WY 2 nights; Casper, WY, 1 night; Rapid City, 1 night, departure. This date includes one extra day to include: Badlands National Park, Wall Drug and the Minute Man Missile National Historic Visitors Center.

Sep 5 - Sep 13, 2022
Starting at
3,579
Sep 6 - Sep 15, 2022
Starting at
4,579
Itinerary Note

This date is 9-night Itinerary: Arrival Rapid City, SD, 3 nights; Cody, WY., 1 night; West Yellowstone, MT 1 night ; Grand Tetons, WY 2 nights; Casper, WY, 1 night; Rapid City, 1 night, departure. This date includes one extra day to include: Badlands National Park, Wall Drug and the Minute Man Missile National Historic Visitors Center.

Sep 7 - Sep 15, 2022
Starting at
3,579
Sep 9 - Sep 18, 2022
Starting at
3,979
Itinerary Note

This date is 9-night Itinerary: Arrival Rapid City, SD, 3 nights; Cody, WY., 1 night; West Yellowstone, MT 1 night ; Grand Tetons, WY 2 nights; Casper, WY, 1 night; Rapid City, 1 night, departure. This date includes one extra day to include: Badlands National Park, Wall Drug and the Minute Man Missile National Historic Visitors Center.

May 30 - Jun 8, 2023
Starting at
4,629
Jun 6 - Jun 15, 2023
Starting at
5,289
Jun 8 - Jun 17, 2023
Starting at
4,629
Jun 13 - Jun 22, 2023
Starting at
5,289
Jun 15 - Jun 24, 2023
Starting at
4,629
Jul 11 - Jul 20, 2023
Starting at
5,289
Jul 18 - Jul 27, 2023
Starting at
4,629
Jul 20 - Jul 29, 2023
Starting at
4,629
Jul 25 - Aug 3, 2023
Starting at
4,629
Aug 15 - Aug 24, 2023
Starting at
5,289
Aug 21 - Aug 30, 2023
Starting at
4,629
Aug 25 - Sep 3, 2023
Starting at
4,629
Aug 31 - Sep 9, 2023
Starting at
5,289
Sep 5 - Sep 14, 2023
Starting at
4,629
Sep 7 - Sep 16, 2023
Starting at
5,289
Sep 12 - Sep 21, 2023
Starting at
4,629
Sep 14 - Sep 23, 2023
Starting at
4,629

At a Glance

Travel from the beautiful Black Hills of Western South Dakota to Wyoming’s parks and monuments on this exceptional adventure. Be mesmerized by natural and manmade wonders at Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse Memorial, Custer State Park and the Mammoth Site in South Dakota. Experience the mystique of Devils Tower Monument, see Old Faithful Geyser in Yellowstone National Park and take in the majesty of Grand Teton National Park and Jackson Hole.
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Walking up to 2 miles a day. Getting in/out of motor coach frequently. Elevations of 3,400-7,731 feet.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Learn how Mount Rushmore was carved at the mountain.
  • Experience the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, Wyo., the oldest and most comprehensive museum of the American West.
  • View the waterfalls in Yellowstone National Park and look for herds of bison in Hayden Valley.

General Notes

Select dates are designated for small groups and are limited to 24 participants or less. Select departures are 9 nights long and include Badlands National Park, Wall Drug and the Minute Man Missile National Historic Visitors Center.
Featured Expert
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Paul Reed
Paul Reed was born and raised in Southern California and has always had a heart for the Old West. He and his wife Theresa have planned and provided programs for Road Scholar in Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming. Paul and Theresa continue to embrace their love of travel and serving people. Both also enjoy “off season” careers with Alaska Airlines. They look forward to meeting and traveling with Road Scholar participants, sharing local insights, and helping foster the spirit of the American West.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Paul Reed was born and raised in Southern California and has always had a heart for the Old West. He and his wife Theresa have planned and provided programs for Road Scholar in Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming. Paul and Theresa continue to embrace their love of travel and serving people. Both also enjoy “off season” careers with Alaska Airlines. They look forward to meeting and traveling with Road Scholar participants, sharing local insights, and helping foster the spirit of the American West.
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Theresa Reed View biography
Theresa Reed was born in North Dakota, raised in South Dakota, and has always had a sense of adventure and a love of travel. After living in Hawaii for several years, she has enjoyed her career as a flight attendant, eventually moving back to her hometown in Rapid City, SD. Travel is second nature and a real passion for both Theresa and her husband Paul as they continue to embrace their love of travel and serving people, both on and off the job.
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Janice Parks View biography
Janice Parks has lived most of her life in the West as well as five different states, on both coasts, the middle of the country, and has traveled to every state. She loves to travel and show people the different kinds of beauty to be found in this great country. She has been leading groups for nine years, experiencing joy from helping people learn about new places, create happy memories, and check things off their bucket lists. She lives with her husband, cat, and chickens.
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Jan Mayer was born in suburban Los Angeles. His parents were both from the Midwest and interested in the majestic National Parks of the western U.S. By the time Jan was 12, he had been to most of the western National Parks multiple times. Yellowstone and the Grand Teton quickly became his favorites and he returned again and again for hiking and skiing. Jan studied the national parks in college and earned a lifetime teaching credential with an emphasis in history, geography, and sociology.
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Jackie Rosen was an “Army brat” who grew up all over, including three years in France and Belgium. From her parents, she learned the joy of meeting new people and learning about them and where they lived. After college, she worked in the Federal government for 10 years, then vacationed in Cody and Jackson, Wyoming, and the national forests and parks in between. She moved to Cody, just 50 miles from Yellowstone’s east gate. Thirty-four years later, Jackie delights in sharing her knowledge and experiences.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Roadside History of Yellowstone National Park
by Winfred Blevins
The "Roadside History' series charts a course to the present through carefully selected and thoroughly researched stories relating what we see today with what happened before. Through vivid anecdotes, old photographs, and maps, the "Roadside History" guides provide entertaining insight into the states and/or regions they describe. The history of Yellowstone Park is rich with tales of the diverse people who have visited this natural wonderland along with a "road log" approach that helps place modern travelers in the past.
The Carving of Mount Rushmore
by Rex Alan Smith
This work tells the story of the spectacular artistic and engineering project of carving the American presidents' portraits on Mount Rushmore. It describes how it was conceived and carried out. The author was brought up in sight of Mount Rushmore and witnessed the work in progress.
Black Elk Speaks
by John Neihardt
This book gives the reader a good background of the Northern Plains Indian Culture and Religion.
Standing Witness: Devils Tower National Monument, A History
by Jeanne Rogers
History of Grand Teton National Park
by Charles Craighead
The story of the people and culture that first shaped Jackson Hole is encompassed in this great guide. From American Indians to the first person to climb the Grand Teton, this guide has essentials you'll enjoy knowing. With historic photos and correlating map, you can't go wrong if you want to know about people and places in Grand Teton and Jackson Hole. Beautiful photos by nature photographer Henry Holdsworth.





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