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    Medora

    North Dakota, one of the most rural states in the USA, is famous for its scenery and Old West heritage. Visitors can enjoy the western experience and pick up the trail of some of America’s greatest legends, like Lewis and Clark, Sakakawea, Theodore Roosevelt, Custer and Sitting Bull.

    • Badlands River Bend

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    • Bison in Badlands

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    • Buggies-n-Blues Diner

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    • Enchanted Highway Sculptures

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    • Fargo Air Museum

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    • Badlands Hiking

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    • Fort Lincoln Trolley

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    • Fort Stevenson Marina

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    • North Dakota Sunset

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    • Petrified Forest

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    • Rodeo Country

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    • Salem Sue

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    • State Museum at North Dakota Heritage Center

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    • North Dakota Heritage Center

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    These Northern Plains saw the passing of the big game hunting native cultures when fur traders and explorers opened up routes westward to the Pacific Ocean.

    North Dakota is now famous among outdoor adventurers for its world-class walleye and perch fishing, plus unbeatable upland game, waterfowl and big game. For a scenic drive and interesting art experience, head for the Enchanted Highway near Regent. The numerous metal sculptures along the road include The World's Largest Tin Family, Pheasants on the Prairie and Fisherman's Dream.

    Visit the Frontier Village and Albino Buffalo in Jamestown where the lives of prairie pioneers are showcased with original prairie town buildings housing many frontier antiques and artifacts. Features of the village include the Kirkpatrick Gallery, the Louis L'Amour Writer's Shack and outdoor amphitheater, as well as stagecoach and pony rides. The National Buffalo Museum has a buffalo herd on its property with three albino bison, traditionally held by Native Americans as sacred.

    The Cowboy Hall of Fame in Medora North Dakota pays tribute to Native American and cowboy cultures, including trail drives, ranching and rodeo. The Knife River area was inhabited by Native Americans for over 11,000 years and today the remains of three Hidatsa villages illustrate that legacy at Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site in Stanton.

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    • Top Tip 1

      If time allows, divert along the Enchanted Highway, a 32-mile stretch between Regent and Gladstone, featuring a series of large metal sculptures including 'Pheasants on the Prairie', 'Deer Crossing' and 'Grasshoppers in the Field'.

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      Meet White Cloud, an extremely rare female albino bison, at the National Buffalo Museum in Jamestown.

  • Real America Uncovered

    Begins in Rapid City, South Dakota and ends in Glacier National Park, Montana

    15 Days / 14 Nights

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    Your fly drive includes:

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Intermediate 4 door car hire, including insurance and satellite navigation
    • Accommodation as stated
    • Personalised Road Book
    • South Dakota

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    • Devils Tower

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    • Cody, Wyoming

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    • Hot Springs, Yellowstone NP

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    • Deadwood, South Dakota

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    • Mount Rushmore, South Dakota

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    • Bison in Badlands, North Dakota

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    • Whitefish Lake, Montana

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    Rapid City, South Dakota

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Rapid City. Upon arrival, transfer independently to The Rushmore Hotel.

    Hotel: The Rushmore Hotel, Rapid City, South Dakota

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    Rapid City & Badlands National Park, South Dakota

    Make your way east toward Badlands National Park - a maze of buttes, canyons and gullies formed by millions of years of erosion. On your way back to Rapid City, stop in at the small gateway town of Wall to visit Wall Drug. Rapid City is home to the Journey Museum and a newly-revamped downtown scene.

    Hotel: The Rushmore Hotel, Rapid City, South Dakota

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    The Black Hills of South Dakota

    Today you will visit the majestic Mount Rushmore National Memorial - a 60-foot-high mountain carving of U.S. Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. You will also have chance to visit the Crazy Horse Memorial – a massive granite carving honoring the Native American warrior will stand 563 feet high and 641 feet long when complete. It's then on to Custer State Park, the second largest state park in the nation and home to 1,500 bison and granite outcroppings. Drive the 18 mile Wildlife Loop Road. Head to the Old West town of Deadwood where the legends of Wild Bill Hickock and Calamity Jane live on. Why not visit the Days of 76 Museum or try your luck at one of the town’s numerous gaming parlours.

    Hotel: The Lodge at Deadwood, South Dakota

    42Mi/68Km

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    Medora, North Dakota

    Head north to Medora, diverting slightly east en route to admire the Enchanted Highway, a 32-mile stretch of paved county highway that features spectacular giant concrete and metal sculptures. In Medora take in the nightly outdoor Medora Musical and Pitchfork Fondue dinner in the summer with the dynamic landscape of the North Dakotan Badlands as your backdrop.

    Hotel: The Rough Riders Hotel, Medora, North Dakota

    216Mi/348Km

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    Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota

    Spend the day exploring Theodore Roosevelt National Park and North Dakota’s Badlands which have been shaped by millions of years of wind, rain, erosion, fire and the meandering Little Missouri River.

    Hotel: The Rough Riders Hotel, Medora, North Dakota

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    Billings, Montana

    Make your way into Montana, known as Big Sky Country, and Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument which serves as a symbol for both sides – the U.S. Cavalry and Native American Indians, who fought on the banks of the Little Bighorn River.

    Hotel: The Northern Hotel, Billings, Montana

    282Mi/454Km

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    Cody, Wyoming

    Explore downtown Billings before heading across state borders into Wyoming toward Buffalo Bill’s Cody. Lose yourself in the expansive Buffalo Bill Center of the West, a complex of five thematic museums, visit the Old Trail Town, view the live shootout performances in front of the Irma Hotel, and take in the daily Summer Cody Night Rodeo.

    Hotel: Best Western Premier Ivy Inn & Suites

    104Mi/168Km

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    Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

    An early start is required for the nation’s first national park, Yellowstone - best known for the geysers, hot springs and mud pots that make the park one of the most active geothermal areas on the planet. The awe-inspiring landscape covers 2,000,000 acres with over 10,000 thermal features and hundreds of animal species. Popular sites include Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone Lake, Old Faithful, Lamar and Hayden Valleys and the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone with its inspirational view of Lower Falls.

    Hotel: Lake Yellowstone Hotel, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

    80Mi/129Km

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    Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

    Take a day trip south to Grand Teton National Park, dominated by the Tetons, a 40-mile mountain range that is part of the famed Rocky Mountains. Spend the day exploring the park – drive the 42-mile Scenic Loop, visit Grand Teton National Park Visitors Center, or take the Aerial Tram. Enjoy a hike or wildlife safari, take a boat trip on one of the lakes and visit the town of Jackson.

    Hotel: Lake Yellowstone Hotel, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

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    Butte & Anaconda, Montana

    Make your way north and back into Montana towards Bozeman. Visit the Museum of the Rockies, home to one of the largest collections of dinosaur fossils, as you pass through on your way to Butte. Explore the historical downtown of Butte before continuing to your hotel, which is located 15 miles away in the town of Anaconda.

    Hotel: Fairmont Hot Springs Resort, Anaconda, Montana

    148Mi/238Km

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    Whitefish, Montana

    Take the scenic route to Philipsburg, one of the ‘Prettiest Painted Places in America’ to mine for authentic Montana sapphires! As you head north stop in at the artsy town of Missoula to visit the Smoke Jumper Visitor Center which tells the story of how elite, highly trained firefighters fight forest fires in remote areas throughout the country, and admire the crystal clear waters of Flathead Lake.

    Hotel: The Lodge at Whitefish Lake, Whitefish, Montana

    241Mi/388Km

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    Glacier National Park, Montana

    Spend the day in the spectacular Glacier National Park, to explore glacial-scoured valleys, towering peaks, tumbling waterfalls, verdant forests and wildflower-strewn meadows. Keep an eye out for grizzly bears, elk, mountain goats and bighorn sheep. Drive the magnificent 85km Going-To-The-Sun-Road and hike some of the 1,126km of trails.

    Hotel: The Lodge at Whitefish Lake, Whitefish, Montana

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    Journey Home

    There may be time for some last minute sightseeing, before making the journey back to Glacier Park International Airport for your return flight to the UK.

    Prices

    From £2065 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.