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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!
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Program No. 20297RJ
Length
10 days
Starts at
2,549
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
10 days
Starts at
2,549
Program No. 20297 RJ
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The itinerary for this program is different on certain dates.
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DATES & starting prices
PRICES
May 31 - Jun 9, 2022
Starting at
2,899
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.

Jun 13 - Jun 21, 2022
Starting at
2,549
Jun 14 - Jun 23, 2022
Starting at
3,499
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.

Jun 21 - Jun 30, 2022
Starting at
2,899
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.

Jul 13 - Jul 21, 2022
Starting at
2,549
Jul 19 - Jul 28, 2022
Starting at
3,499
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
2,549
Aug 16 - Aug 25, 2022
Starting at
3,499
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
2,899
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
2,549
Sep 6 - Sep 15, 2022
Starting at
3,499
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
2,549
Sep 9 - Sep 18, 2022
Starting at
2,899
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.

DATES & starting prices
PRICES
May 31 - Jun 9, 2022
Starting at
3,999
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.

Jun 13 - Jun 21, 2022
Starting at
3,599
Jun 14 - Jun 23, 2022
Starting at
4,599
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.

Jun 21 - Jun 30, 2022
Starting at
3,999
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.

Jul 13 - Jul 21, 2022
Starting at
3,599
Jul 19 - Jul 28, 2022
Starting at
4,599
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
3,599
Aug 16 - Aug 25, 2022
Starting at
4,599
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
3,999
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
3,599
Sep 6 - Sep 15, 2022
Starting at
4,599
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
3,599
Sep 9 - Sep 18, 2022
Starting at
3,999
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.

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…

  • At Mount Rushmore, learn how the mountain was carved by sculptor Gutzon Borglum.
  • Experience the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, Wyo., the oldest and most comprehensive museum of the American West.
  • In Yellowstone National Park, view the waterfalls at the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and travel through Hayden Valley and hope to see herds of bison and other wildlife.

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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Pat Barber is a native of South Dakota and has lived in Rapid City for more than 36 years. A graduate of the University of Sioux Falls, she has taught K-12 in subjects from French and German to Library Science. She and her husband Paul spent two years in Germany where Pat served as elementary librarian in a German-American School. They are passionate about passing on to others their wealth of knowledge about North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming’s national parks, monuments, culture, and history.
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Paul Barber is a native South Dakotan who has lived in Rapid City the past 37 years. A graduate of the University of Sioux Falls, Paul has been a farmer, rancher and investment advisor. During October and November pheasant hunting season, Paul becomes the hunt master on his ranch in South Dakota. He has been married for over 40 years to his wife, Pat, and both are passionate about sharing their wealth of knowledge about South Dakota and Wyoming’s national parks and monuments.
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Joseph Singleton View biography
Joseph is a ten-year resident of Colorado and has spent much of the past six years working at McMurdo Station in Antarctica and traveling around the world. He has also worked as an instructor and group leader in various capacities around the country. His master's is in music history, and he wrote his thesis on the music in "Close Encounters of the Third Kind," which was filmed at Devil's Tower, Wyoming.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Standing Witness: Devils Tower National Monument, A History
by Jeanne Rogers
Black Elk Speaks
by John Neihardt
This book gives the reader a good background of the Northern Plains Indian Culture and Religion.





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