Rapid City | August 19 - August 27, 2023

Yellowstone National Park & Mount Rushmore

Blaze a trail and experience the dramatic scenery of the Rocky Mountains while visiting some of the most iconic places in America.

Join Our State on a Wild West adventure that features Yellowstone National Park and Mount Rushmore. Blaze a trail and experience the dramatic scenery of the Rocky Mountains while visiting some of the most iconic places in America.

August 19-27, 2023

Package Includes:

  • Round-trip airfare from Raleigh-Durham International Airport
  • Eight nights’ accommodations
  • Seventeen meals: 8 breakfasts, two lunches, and seven dinners
  • All sightseeing per itinerary
  • All admissions per itinerary
  • Airport transfers
  • Hotel transfers
  • Professional tour director
  • Our State host
  • Luxury motor coach transportation
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees, and local taxes


Itinerary Highlights:

  • Yellowstone National Park
  • Buffalo Bill Center of the West
  • Mount Rushmore
  • Mount Rushmore Lighting Ceremony
  • Crazy Horse Memorial
  • Grand Teton National Park
  • Snake River float trip
  • Chuckwagon dinner
  • Jackson Hole


Detailed Itinerary:

DAY 1: Arrive Rapid City (1 night)

Today, arrive in Rapid City, South Dakota. Enjoy a welcome dinner, then head to the Mount Rushmore Lighting Ceremony for a chance to see one of America’s most famous landmarks from a different perspective.

Meals: Welcome Dinner
Hotel: Alex Johnson Hotel


DAY 2: Rapid City — Sheridan — Keystone (1 night)

After breakfast, head back to Mount Rushmore to see it in the light of day. There is time for shopping before continuing your journey to the Crazy Horse Memorial. Gaze at the towering tribute to legendary Lakota leader, Crazy Horse, carved into the mountain and learn how your visit “Makes a Difference” by preserving the culture of his people. Then, it is on to Sheridan for your overnight, where dinner is included at your hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Hotel Dinner
Hotel: Holiday Inn Sheridan


DAY 3: Yellowstone National Park (2 nights)

This morning, head east to the town of Cody, named for its most famous native son, Buffalo Bill. Get a glimpse into the fascinating history of the American West at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, where you will experience the culture of the cowboy, the role of the firearm in the early days, and the culture and art of the Plains Indians with a local expert. Then, it is onto one of America’s most famous National Parks, Yellowstone, where we will enjoy a two-night stay. Dinner is included at your hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Hotel Dinner
Hotel: Yellowstone Canyon Lodges (or similar)


DAY 4: Yellowstone National Park Sightseeing

Discover Yellowstone’s astounding wonders — the thundering Yellowstone Falls, brilliantly-colored hot springs, bubbling mud pools, and hissing steam vents. The highlight is a visit to Old Faithful, which has been spouting steam water regularly for thousands of years. Do you know how to locate a bear or tell what it has been eating? Enjoy a stroll around the boardwalks of Yellowstone and learn the answer, plus even more cool facts about the park’s abundance of wildlife.

Meals: Breakfast, Hotel Dinner
Hotel: Canyon Lodge – Yellowstone or similar


DAY 5: Yellowstone National Park — Big Sky (1 night)

This morning, say farewell to majestic Yellowstone. First visit the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center in West Yellowstone where you will “Make a Difference” by contributing to its conservation programs. Giddy up cowboys and cowgirls! Travel onward to Montana’s Big Sky Country, and settle in for big “Family Fun” at your “Stay with a Story”: a 1898 homestead, where you will feast on a classic Western dinner.

Meals: Breakfast, Hotel Dinner
Hotel: Huntley Lodge


DAY 6: Big Sky — Grand Teton National Park — Jackson (2 nights)

Today you have a leisurely start to your morning, and then head to dramatic Grand Teton National Park for ample time to admire the extraordinary wildlife, pristine lakes, and alpine terrain. Lunch is provided along the way. Then, on to Jackson Hole for two nights.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Hotel: Lodge at Jackson Hole


DAY 7: Jackson

Rise early to rollick down the Snake River on a scenic wilderness float trip. Afterward, take a walk through the town’s famous landmark arch of tangled elk antlers and step back in time as you explore the Town Square with its Western boardwalks, craft boutiques, and ice cream shops, all surrounded by the majestic Rockies. This evening, take a wagon ride out to the river for a rib-stickin’ Chuck Wagon Regional Meal.

Meals: Breakfast, Regional Dinner
Hotel: Lodge at Jackson Hole


DAY 8: Jackson — Montpelier — Salt Lake City (1 night)

Enjoy lunch in a covered wagon, and then follow trails blazed by rugged mountain men centuries ago, stopping at the Oregon Trail Center in Montpelier to get a glimpse into the thrills and challenges of the Old Trail. Next, it is on to Salt Lake City for your last night. You’ll have an orientation tour of the city, see the Mormon Tabernacle, and visit Temple Square. Enjoy a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Regional Dinner
Hotel: Little America


DAY 9: Depart Salt Lake City

Your Wild West adventure ends after breakfast. You have a group transfer to Salt Lake City Airport for your flight home.

Meals: Breakfast

Tour Rates:

Total cost: $4,699 per person based on double occupancy, all-inclusive.
Single supplement is $1,175.

For reservations or more information:

AAA Vacations
Beth Rackham
(919) 832-0543 ext. 16012

Additional Information:

What to expect on an Our State trip:

Traveling with a group of Our State readers is an enriching, enjoyable, and safe way to experience new cultures, people, and places. In addition to the informative narration from the tour director and local guides, an Our State host will be available to assist in making your trip successful.

We usually fly to our destination, then travel by a comfortable motor coach with anywhere from 35 to 50 people who appreciate learning about new regions. Your entire trip will be guided, planned, and arranged for your upmost enjoyment. Many activities are things you can only do because you are traveling with Our State. There is some free time built in for you to explore on your own.

You can also choose not to attend an activity if you prefer something different. Please let your tour director know if you are not coming on a scheduled day.

Many meals are included. Where you have meals on your own, suggestions will be provided.

Most of the motor coaches have restrooms but every effort will be made to make regular rest stops.

One of the best parts of traveling with Our State is that you will meet new people, many of whom you will already have much in common with since most travelers read the magazine. Many guests often develop friendships that go on long after the tour is finished. Our State trips are generally filled with dynamic and friendly people.

Physical requirements:

Our tours are physically active but not meant to be strenuous.

Please be aware you will be on your feet, walking and standing for much of the day, indoors and outdoors, in all weather conditions and terrains. There will also be extended time on the motor coach when we travel from place to place. If there are any mobility issues you will need to have an able-bodied traveling companion to accompany and assist you.

Most days are moderately paced with approximately two to three total miles of walking, possibly including some hills and stairs.

We regret that we’re unable to provide individual assistance to guests with walking difficulties or other personal needs. The responsibility of the Trip Director who accompanies your trip is to ensure that the larger group enjoys a relaxing and informative journey, and he or she cannot be relied upon to provide ongoing individual assistance to any one guest. Guests requiring such individualized assistance must be accompanied by an able-bodied companion who can provide it.

If you have additional questions, please call Our State’s Travel Director Amy Wood Pasquini at 336-286-0600, or email apasquini@ourstate.com.


COVID-19 Travel Precautions – Update:

Effective January 1, 2023, Our State highly encourages, but no longer requires COVID-19 vaccinations or boosters for travelers on our domestic tours. This policy goes into effect for international travelers on April 30, 2023. We will keep all participants updated of any changes to these requirements.