EXPLORING THE DAKOTAS

SOUTH DAKOTA/NORTH DAKOTA

July 6-17

DAY 1 – We depart Denison early this morning for a tour of some of the most fantastic natural and man-made sights ever seen.  Our first day won’t be quite so scenic as we make our way through Oklahoma and into Kansas for the night.  WICHITA, KS will be our home for the night.  Enjoy dinner at the Manager’s Reception in this beautiful hotel, the Drury Inn & Suites.  (D)

DAY 2 – This morning we will continue through the middle of Kansas.  The Sunflower State, the Wheat State, and Midway, U.S.A. are all fitting nicknames for Kansas, a state where the history is rich and landscape surprisingly varied.  We’ll have some interesting stops along the way as we make our trek into the state of Nebraska and GRAND ISLAND, our home for the night.  (CB,L)

DAY 3 – This morning we make our way to Mitchell, SD where we will visit the unique CORN PALACE.  Established in 1892, this Moorish-style building is accentuated with minarets and kiosks.  Portions of the exterior and interior are covered with murals made from ears of corn; local grasses and grains form the outline of the designs.  Some 3000 bushels of corn, grasses, wild oats, grain and straw are used annually to change the motif.  We continue to SIOUX FALLS, SD where we will visit the FALLS PARK and take a ride on the elevator to a five-story viewing tower.  We will overnight in Sioux Falls.  (CB,D)

DAY 4 – A full day awaits us as we head for FARGO, ND.  Our first stop today will be at the PIPESTONE NATIONAL MONUMENT.  Within this tract of 300 acres are the pipestone quarries where the red stone used by American Indians to make ceremonial pipes is found.  The Circle Trail winds through a tall grass prairie and leads visitors to the quarries, stone profiles, geologic formations, Winnewissa Falls, Lake Hiawatha, and Leaping Rock.  Overnight in Fargo.  (CB,L)

DAY 5 – Today we will travel west to BISMARCK, the capital of North Dakota since its statehood.  We will spend a little time seeing the city and having lunch before we continue to the little town of Medora, located in the THEODORE ROOSEVELT NATIONAL PARK.  Herds of American bison roam freely in the park.  These magnificent animals are descendants of the creatures that once thronged the Great Plains.  Tonight you will be treated to delicious steak dinner at the PITCHFORK FONDUE and then take our reserved seats at the MEDORA MUSICAL, a variety show that blends old and new Western-style music, song and dance routines and a gospel section in a tribute to Theodore Roosevelt, who owned a ranch in this area as a young man.  (CB,D)

DAY 6 – This morning we head south making our way to RAPID CITY, SD, where we will spend the next THREE nights.  On the way we will take a 32-mile stretch of highway called the ENCHANTED HIGHWAY, where we will see the most amazing whimsical, oversized metal folk art sculptures made of scrap farming and industrial materials.  Later we will stop in Belle Fourche, SD for a late lunch and to view a Monument commemorating the actual geographical CENTER of the entire country.  Later we will check into our hotel for the night.  (CB,L)

DAY 7 – The next two days, we will explore the beautiful, BLACK HILLS AREA, which includes unusual rock formations found in a host of caves and two colossal memorials carved from the sides of mountains!  But first thing this morning, we will enjoy a guided tour of RAPID CITY where we will learn about the history of this area including a visit to the gorgeous, CHAPEL in the HILLS.  This afternoon, we’ll visit South Dakota’s most popular attraction, MT. RUSHMORE!  This Presidential Carving took 14 years and cost only $1 million.  Lots of things to see at the Memorial.  Tonight we will enjoy the CIRCLE B CHUCKWAGON DINNER & SHOW in Rapid City.  (CB,D)

DAY 8– Our adventure begins today with a visit to BEAR COUNTRY U.S.A.  This drive-through park features a variety of North American wildlife.  This highlight of the tour is the black bear area, featuring one of the largest privately owned collections of these animals.  Afterwards, we will visit the world’s largest mountain carving, CRAZY HORSE MEMORIAL.  Upon completion, the figure will be 563 ft. high and 641 ft. long!  We’ll do some beautiful scenic drives today through CUSTER STATE PARK and other scenic loops in the Black Hills Area.  (CB,L)

DAY 9 – This morning we head east with our first stop at the famous WALL DRUG!  The #1 Roadside Attraction in America, has been entertaining ad educating the traveling public since 1931.  There’s something for everyone at Wall Drug!  Next we visit the BADLANDS NATIONAL PARK.  Millions of years of wind and water erosion have carved an eerie sight from the vast prairies of western South Dakota.  Steep precipices, saw-edged spires and colored grassy-topped buttes form a strange and beautiful landscape that tells the story of Earth’s history.  Overnight in Pierre.  (CB,L)

DAY 10 – Before we leave Pierre, we will tour the beautifully-restored 1910 STATE CAPITOL building with mosaic floors, marble staircases, stained glass skylights, scagliola columns and period artwork.  The handsome grounds and man-made lake also complement the complex.  We continue south today for an overnight stay in LEXINGTON, NE.  (CB,D)

DAY 11 – We begin to see familiar territory as we make our way back into Kansas today.  We might have to make a stop at the NIFTY NUT HOUSE in Wichita, KS before we check into the Drury Inn Broadview for the second time on this tour.  (CB,D)

DAY 12 – We head home today with wonderful memories of the sights we’ve seen and the new friends we’ve made.  We should arrive back in Denison, TEXAS early this evening. (CB,L)

TOTAL COST (23 meals included) DOUBLE $1980 per person SINGLE $2717 per person
DEPOSIT REQUIRED (at time of registration) $180 per person
BALANCE DUE BY JUNE 1 (deposit non-refundable unless trip is cancelled)
 


TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALLGAME

RANGERS VS LOS ANGELES

July 30

ONE DAY – Leave from Albertson’s in Denison (northwest corner) at 4:00 p.m. and from Albertson’s in Sherman (northeast corner) at 4:30 p.m.  We are headed for the excitement of Major League Baseball at The Ballpark in Arlington to see the RANGERS play against the LOS ANGELES ANGELS.  We have fantastic seats and the Ballpark is beautiful!  Get your family & friends to grab their gloves and join us for an exciting night at the Ballpark.  This will be an evening of entertainment we can talk about for days.  We should arrive back in Sherman/Denison around midnight.

THE BALLPARK WILL ALLOW SMALL ICE CHESTS/PLAYMATES (SOFT AND FOLDABLE ONLY) INTO THE GAME.  YOU MAY TAKE SNACKS, WATER, AND SOFT DRINKS AS LONG AS THEY ARE PLASTIC WITH TOPS.  NO GLASS, CANS, OR ALCOHOL! 

TOTAL COST (no meals included) $84 per person
DEPOSIT REQUIRED (at time of registration) $34 per person
BALANCE DUE BY JULY 1 (deposit non-refundable unless trip is cancelled)