Deadwood & Colorado Springs
Our Favorite Western Towns
7 Days | June-October
Starting At $Flexible Pricing
A New Itinerary, this combo features two of our favorite Western Towns. We want you to walk the streets of Deadwood in the footsteps of Hickok. Imagine the history, view the iconic mountain sculptures, ride the trains to the top of Pike’s Peak and the bottom of the Royal Gorge. Mount up! It’s a week of Western Wonders waiting for you.
|Three Nights in Deadwood
|Three Nights in Colorado Springs
U S Tours Flexible Pricing:
- Customizable Comps
- Commissionable or Net Rates
- Luxury or First Class Hotels & Meals
- Motorcoach Transportation & Professional Tours Managers are available
Whatever you want, U S Tours will be happy to structure tour prices to match your needs. Just let us know!
Day 1 – Deadwood
Arrive in Deadwood, SD. Check into your local hotel for a three night stay. Dinner tonight at a local restaurant. After dinner, enjoy a stroll down Main Street, have a drink in the saloon where Wild Bill took a bullet, watch a gunfight in the street or enjoy an evening in one of the casinos. Deadwood is one of the most fun, pedestrian towns in the West and we put you in the center of the action. (D)
Day 2 -Black Hills – Tatanka – Mount Rushmore
Today you will enjoy a full day of Black Hills touring, starting with a tour of Deadwood. Then tour the Trail of 76 Museum one of the most complete collection of historic wagons, antiques and native artifacts in the Black Hills. Next, is a visit to Tatanka, an incredible life size sculpture of a buffalo jump and learn the ‘Story of the Buffalo” and the dependence of The Plains Indian upon it.
Throughout the balance of this day we will provide you with historical narration as well as opportunities to shop for Black Hills Gold and Western art. The last attraction will be Mount Rushmore, where you will have a chance to walk up close to the monument, visit the artist’s studio, and then enjoy dinner and the evening Lighting Ceremony. See the illuminated faces, listen to a speech presentation by a park ranger and watch a video all about Mount Rushmore! (B,D)
Day 3 – Bear Country – Buffalo Jeep Ride – Crazy Horse Memorial
This morning starts with a leisurely 3 mile drive through a spectacular wildlife park. Bear Country USA is nestled on 200 acres of Black Hills beauty. Here you’ll see the world’s largest habitation of black bears and grizzly bears plus 20 other species of North American animals like buffalo, wolves and elk all from the comfort of the bus. At the end of the tour you have a chance to walk around Babyland and see baby bears frolicking in the outdoors.
Your day of natural history continues with a jeep tour at Custer State Park. You will drive close to and through large herds of free roaming buffalo. Plus you’ll see antelope, prairie dogs and more from your open air jeep. The wildlife in this park is beautiful.
You will also visit Hill City a western town rejuvenated into an arts community, featuring funky shops, galleries, and boutiques. Their economic resurgence has been assisted by their neighbors the Crazy Horse Memorial whom you visit next. This unfinished mountain carving is much larger than Mt Rushmore and is dedicated to Native Americans. You will enjoy dinner here in the Laughing Water Restaurant, followed by the “Legends in Light” Laser Show.
The Crazy Horse Memorial is dedicated to the historic heritage and living cultures of the North American Indians and the preservation of the history and culture. “The Legends in Light,” a laser-light program projected on the mountain carving, illuminates cultural diversities, celebrates similarities and encourages harmony among all people. (B,D)
Day 4 – Colorado Springs
An interesting day’s drive as you climb over the western slope of the Black Hills, then cross the Wyoming Grasslands passing through Cheyenne, following the eastern foothills of the Rockies, though Denver to your destination Colorado Springs, CO. Here you enjoy a three night stay. Dinner is on your own this evening. (B)
Day 5 –Cripple Creek & Victor Narrow Railroad – Garden of the Gods
This morning begins with your ride the Cripple Creek & Victor Narrow Gauge Railroad. Departing from an 1894 vintage depot, the brightly painted Cripple Creek & Victor Narrow Gauge Railroad runs along four miles of track as it takes you through forested high-country scenery.
Several stops included along the route provide views and photo ops of Pikes Peak and old mining camps, as well as the opportunity to hear the train whistle ricochet off the walls of Echo Valley. This ride also fully narrated, with the conductor sharing wonderful facts about the history and scenery around Cripple Creek.
You will also have some free time to enjoy Historic Cripple Creek. A stroll along the streets of Cripple Creek is a walk through time, with grandly restored Old West brick buildings along Bennett Avenue. The town is surrounded by majestic mountains and boast nine unique state-of-the-art casinos, as well as great restaurants, shops and hotels. The excitement that drove the Greatest Gold Rush Ever still lives in Cripple Creek, where treasure seekers and hooligans from near and far try their hands at poker, black jack, roulette and more at the casinos.
Next tour the Manitou Cliff Dwellings, located at the foot of Pikes Peak, these mountain dwellings are a rare historical treasure built by a civilization that passed long before the white man arrived. Following it you will tour the Garden of the Gods Park, a Registered National Natural Landmark in Colorado Springs. Here you enjoy a 14 minute movie then learn about the park’s geology and experience Native-American culture. There will also be ample time to explore the Garden of the Gods Trading Post one of the largest collection of western art and souvenirs in the area.
Dinner tonight is at the Edelweiss, for 30 years, this family spot has offered authentic German cuisine in a cozy Bavarian setting. There are also some American and continental selections on the menu. Weekends feature strolling musicians. Indoor and outdoor dining available. (B,D)
Day 6 – Royal Gorge Train – Air Force Academy
You begin this day with a morning ride on the Royal Gorge Train. It is the opposite of yesterday’s Colorado Rocky Mountain High, this is a journey filled with pristine views inside one of Colorado’s grandest canyons. Since 1879, these tracks have followed the winding, tumbling Arkansas River deep within the 1,000-foot granite cliffs of Colorado’s Royal Gorge. It is the route that is the attraction – not a thrill ride – just rugged scenery. Enjoy the view from the comfort of your coach car or step outside on the open-air car for a fresh-air moment where the up-close-and-personal nature of this 1,000-foot deep and very narrow canyon will remind you of the awesome beauty produced by our good friend, Mother Nature.
This afternoon you visit the U.S, Olympic Training Center. Here you will see a narrative film, then tour the training facilities, visit the Olympic Hall of Fame and finally the Olympic Spirit Store.
Then, if security allows, you will enjoy a tour of Air Force Academy. (Note Government issued photo ID’s are required). Did you know the Air Force Academy is both a military organization and a university? The Academy is responsible for cadet military training and education. While the 10th Air Base Wing is responsible for medical, engineering, logistics, and more for the U.S. Military with over 25,000 military and civilian personnel working here.
Dinner tonight is at the Stagecoach Inn. Here you’ll have a choice of entrees that includes Buffalo. (B,D)
Day 7 – Departure
This morning you’re bound for home as this great adventure ends. (B)