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This trip is perfect for anyone interested in America’s history, from forts to huge rock carvings of historical figures. Starting from Denver at the edge of the Rocky Mountains, you’ll travel up to Wyoming to view the tracks of the pioneers who risked it all to get to Oregon by covered wagon. Then it’s off to the Black Hills, exploring mammoth sites and caves along the way. Watch the lights turn on at Mount Rushmore, view the work-in-process Crazy Horse Monument, then see nature’s sculptures at Devils Tower in Wyoming before returning to Denver.
– The Glavin Family, Massachusetts
Denver – 1 night: Denver, known as mile high city, is the capital of Colorado and the beginning of your journey.
Guernsey State Park – 1 night: Take a self-guided stroll along the Historic Oregon Trail.
Hot Springs, SD – 1 night: Experience warm-water springs or visit the famous Mammoth Site.
Black Hills, SD – 3 nights: The Black Hills feature mountain peaks, gorges and spectacular canyons to explore. Mount Rushmore is a well-recognized symbol of democracy, and a beloved National Memorial and is close by. A variety of ranger-led tours of the Wind Cave and Jewel Cave are available.
Devils Tower National Monument – 1 night: Devils Tower, also known as Bears Lodge, is a towering monolith that attracts not only climbers, but American Indians who consider it a sacred site.
Cheyenne – 1 night: Spend your last night in the capital of Wyoming – Cheyenne, home of the infamous Cheyenne Frontier Days.
Denver – Drive to Denver to catch your return flight.