Dates

June 25 to July 3, 2020

Starting Price

$3,995 + Air + Taxes; Singles Please Ask

Deposit per Person

TBD

10 Days
Land
Orbridge
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Questions?

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Trip Highlights

Trace the legends and natural splendors of the American West—an awe-inspiring expanse filled with beautiful scenery, abundant wildlife, hiking, storytelling, and incredible historic lodges you will write home about.

Shared departure: this departure is shared with other universities.

Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in Rapid City, SD

Welcome to Rapid City—nicknamed The City of Presidents. Transfer to the hotel to meet fellow travel companions and your Expedition Leader for a welcome dinner and expedition briefing. Rapid City’s location at the eastern slope of the Black Hills Mountain Range gives visitors easy access to all the surrounding attractions—from the beautiful state and national parks, to the manmade wonders like Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse Memorial. Take a stroll around beautiful downtown to spot just some of the 43 life-sized U.S. presidential bronze statues that reside on nearly every street corner.

Overnight: Hotel Alex Johnson (D)

Day 2

Badlands National Park / Custer State Park

Following breakfast, head to Badlands National Park, with more than 244,000 acres of mixed-grass prairie featuring some of the most spectacular scenery and diverse wildlife in the region. Gaze in awe at the layered rock cliffs, towering spires, and narrow canyons that create this amazing landscape. An afternoon safari drive through the Custer State Park reserve takes you to magnificent vistas where herds of bison, elk, bighorn sheep, and other wildlife can be observed along the scenic roads. Beware of the “begging burros” who approach visitors looking for a handout! Later, experience a traditional chuck wagon cookout.

Tonight, stay in Custer State Game Lodge, which offers guests a relaxing, nature-filled experience, combined with stunning views and outstanding service. Built in 1920, this impressive stone and wood lodge surrounded by stately trees is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The lodge served as the “Summer White House” for President Calvin Coolidge in 1927, who saw it as a quiet retreat from the heat, bugs, and crowds of Washington D.C. President Dwight D. Eisenhower also visited the lodge in 1953, while on a visit to the Black Hills area.

Overnight: Custer State Game Lodge (B,D)

Full Itinerary
Your Journey
Meet Your Trip Host

Mark Moldwin

Mark Moldwin is an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering at the University of Michigan. Professor Moldwin has won numerous awards for the integration of his research with his teaching and is the 2019-2020 US-Norway Fulbright Arctic Chair. He is the author of a textbook for non-science majors on the solar-terrestrial relationship and can help with appreciating the geology and astronomy of the Old West.

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Dates

June 25 to July 3, 2020

Starting Price

$3,995 + Air + Taxes; Singles Please Ask

Deposit per Person

TBD

10 Days
Land
Orbridge
Learn about Travel Insurance

Questions?

Call Alumni Travel at 855.764.0064