The Good ‘ole U.S. of A…

For the past 10 years my husband and I have go to Colorado for a 1964 The Tribute concert at Red Rocks, as Steve is the band’s photographer.  I’m telling you, there’s nothing more impressive than seeing a concert with THIS view and stunning Red Rocks all around you.  If you haven’t been there yet, it’s a Must-Do.  The Beatles did perform here in 1964,

Each year we would normally do some sightseeing within Colorado.  Last year we ventured down to the towns of Taos, Santa Fe and Albuquerque, New Mexico.  After we completed our trip Steve said that this year he wanted to see Devil’s Tower, in Wyoming.

I mapped it out and the trip to Devil’s Tower was approximately a 6 hour drive.  That’s not too bad, and definitely do-able.  If you’ve ever seen the movie “Close Encounters of the 3rd Kind”, you will recognize this monument that was declared the first United States National Monument by President Theodore Roosevelt, 9/24/06.   This monument was more impressive than what you could ever imagine by seeing it in the movie.  Little did we know that people actually “Climb” the Tower, as you will see in this picture.

I then checked to see where the nearest airport was.  Well, about 2 1/2 hours or so away from South Dakota airport.  Okay, that’s also not bad… So, what’s near there that we can see?  Bingo!!!  Keystone, South Dakota is the town of this National Monument:

Now, Mount Rushmore was not on my must-do list, but after going there and seeing it up close I recommend that All American’s visit Gutzon Borglum’s dedication to 4 President’s who at the time represented some of the most important events in the history of the United States.

Mount Rushmore was included as a stop on the Fort Hays & Mount Rushmore Tour that we did.  The tour included a Cowboy Breakfast, Chuck wagon Dinner and Show and a full day tour included Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse Monument, the Black Hills, and Custer State Park.  A little extra perk included is that Fort Hays is the actual set from a few scenes in the movie “Dances with Wolves”.   This tour was well worth the $99 per person we paid for.

We then left for our last stop on our trip to visit family in Omaha, Nebraska. On the way we stopped at the famous “Wall Drug” (don’t forget to get your picture taken on the Jackalope), and then we drove through the Badlands.  Land now rich with fossils of the ancient animals used to roam here, and those that still do.   A magnificent drive, that turned our 8 hour drive into 11 hours – since we had to literally stop every few minutes as each designated stop was more impressive than the last.

So, if this was never on your Bucket List, add it.  Whether you do the drive/tour yourself, or if you decide to do it with a Tour Operator you will not be disappointed.  The summer can be busy and hot so be mindful of the dates you plan to travel.  And if I can help you plan you trip please reach out.

(photos courtesy Artisan Media Studio).

Lisa Gardner, Owner/VP Travel Services, 3A-Travel Agency

Owner, VP Travel Services

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