South Dakota, USA

Mt. Rushmore Family Tour

DURATION

6 Days

PRICE

$2,566

LEVEL

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DAILY DISTANCE

15 Miles, Up to 40

INCLUDED ACTIVITIES

Cycling (bikes included), Hot Springs, Mammoth Dig, Wind Cave, Mt Rushmore & Crazy Horse

INCLUDED MEALS

All except one lunch and one dinner

Discover and explore what we ultimately strive for in a cycling vacation–which is to simply “Pedal Happy”.

Join us for a terrific family tour based entirely on what Bicycling Magazine ranked as the U.S.A.’s #1 bike path – the Mickelson Trail! Pedal the ‘Big Mick’ past buffalo grazing in the Badlands. Ride to Hot Springs, South Dakota. Soak, swim and play on the waterslides. Explore an active mammoth dig. Discover the secrets of Wind Cave (discovered by a bored teenager.) Experience world-famous Wall Drug. Go rock climbing. Bicycle to Sylvan Lake and Crazy Horse Monument – the largest sculpture in the world, with an amazing story to match. Then it’s off to Mt. Rushmore and a finale in the rough-and-ready town of Deadwood, once home to Wild Bill Hickock and Calamity Jane. You might even catch a wild west gunfight.

National Parks on This Tour: Badlands National Park | Mt. Rushmore National Memorial | Wind Cave National Park 

Day 01

Badlands National Park. Then head for the hot springs.

Meals

– Lunch
– Dinner

Lodging

Red Rock River Resort

Ability Level

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Meet us in Rapid City, South Dakota. Head toward the Badlands, with a stop at the famous Wall Drug to start off the trip. Ride Badlands National Park, where roads are wide and safe. Spend tonight at the Red Rock River Resort & Spa in Hot Springs, South Dakota.

Day 02

Explore an active mammoth dig site. Ride the Mickelson Trail.

Meals

– Breakfast
– Lunch
– Dinner

Lodging

Red Rock River Resort

Ability Level

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Visit Mammoth Hot Springs Site of South Dakota – an active paleontological dig boasting the largest number of mammoth remains in the world!  Start riding the Mickelson Trail today, from the Minnekahta Trailhead to Pringle (like the potato chip). Hop in the van and head over to Custer State Park to explore Wind Cave National Park, where one of the world’s longest caves lies hidden beneath the rolling Black Hills. Head back to Hot Springs for a second night here, with time for a stop at the waterslides of Evans Plunge, with the world’s largest indoor swimming pool.

Day 03

Back onto the Mickelson Trail and then ride to Crazy Horse Memorial for a tour.

Meals

– Breakfast
– Lunch
– Dinner

Lodging

Sylvan Lake Lodge

Ability Level

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Hop back onto ‘the ‘Big Mick’ at Pringle again this morning. Ride to Crazy Horse to see the world’s largest mountain carving-in-progress: Mt. Rushmore would fit inside Crazy Horse’s shoulder! It’s got an amazing story. Spend the next two nights at the ‘crown jewel’ of Custer State Park: Sylvan Lake Lodge, an amazing property designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright.

Day 04

Relax by the lake, go rock climbing or hiking, and visit Mt. Rushmore.

Meals

– Breakfast
– Lunch
– Dinner

Lodging

Sylvan Lake Lodge

Ability Level

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Tons of choices today: Go rock climbing. Swim in the lake. Try stand-up paddleboarding or go canoeing. Hike (and maybe climb) Harney Peak. Or maybe just relax at the lodge. This afternoon, head to Mt. Rushmore to see one of the most amazing monuments in the world.

Day 05

Ride from Hill City to Deadwood and see a wild west gunfight.

Meals

– Breakfast
– Lunch
– Dinner

Lodging

Lodge at Deadwood

Distance

22 miles

Ability Level

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Back on the bicycles today, ride to tiny Rochford to see the ‘Small of America.’ Head to Deadwood for lunch. Explore the home of Wild Bill Hickock and Calamity Jane. Watch a Wild West gunfight. There are lots to see! Stay here in Deadwood tonight.

Day 06

RIDE THE SPEARFISH CANYON SCENIC BYWAY.

Meals

– Breakfast
– Lunch

Distance

18.9 miles

Elevation

-1913 ft

Ability Level

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Enjoy a marvelous finish today. Thousand-foot-high limestone palisades in shades of brown, pink and gray tower over Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway. Cyclists love its wide shoulders and uniform 3% downhill grade. (Bicycling Magazine named Spearfish Canyon one of the country’s Top 50 Scenic Bike Paths.) After the ride, shuttle back to Rapid City for your return trip home. Thanks for sharing the adventure with us!

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$693
As an optional extra, a person traveling solo or on any inn-to-inn trip may reserve a room for his or her exclusive use. This will guarantee you a private room and private bath every night.

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