SOUTH DAKOTA BADLANDS, BUFFALO AND A PRIVATE CHEF TO BOOT!
We can only describe it as “surreal” or “otherworldly”, but the Native Americans were the first to call it “mako sica” or “bad lands”.
The Badlands National Park Breathtaking rock formations and native grasslands filled with numerous species of plants and animals guarantee you’ll want to pause somewhere along the route to enjoy the view. There are 16 designated scenic overlooks that make for outstanding photo opportunities.
Stretch your legs along one of the many hiking trails and remember to keep your eyes peeled for the black-footed ferret, one of North America’s most endangered animals. More commonly seen wildlife includes pronghorn antelope, mule deer, prairie dogs and numerous birds. Buffalo can most often be found along the Sage Creek Rim Road, a gravel spur off the western end of the Badlands Loop Road.
Twisting curves climb through passes in the Badlands “wall” of rugged rock pinnacles, buttes and mounds. This is one of those roads that motorcycle riders and sports car enthusiasts love so much that it has been featured in driving video games, but is an enjoyable cruise with any vehicle.
Wall, South Dakota was established in the summer of 1907 as a railroad station for the Chicago & Northwestern Railroad and formally incorporated as the city of Wall on Jan. 25, 1908. During that same period, a U.S. Post Route was introduced, schools were built, phone lines went in, and the Cheyenne Valley Electric Company was established.
After that, Wall only continued to grow. Grain elevators were built to serve farmers in the region and a town dam was constructed to provide water for fire protection. A train depot, blacksmith, post office and drug store were offered to make life easier for residents. The growing population even had access to entertainment options within the town, with a restaurant and bar also popping up at the time.
More than a hundred years later, the city of Wall still serves the important function of meeting the needs of the year-round residents, as well as those passing through heading east to Pierre, or west to Rapid City and the Black Hills.
Corn Palace in Mitchell, South Dakota A Rich History
Eight years before the turn of the 20th century, in 1892 (when Mitchell, South Dakota was a small, 12-year-old city of 3,000 inhabitants) the World’s Only Corn Palace was established on the city’s Main Street. During it’s over 100 years of existence, it has become known worldwide and now attracts more than a half a million visitors annually. The palace was conceived as a gathering place where city residents and their rural neighbors could enjoy a fall festival with extraordinary stage entertainment – a celebration to climax a crop-growing season and harvest. This tradition continues today with the annual Corn Palace Festival held in late August each year.
By 1905 the success of the Corn Palace had been assured and a new Palace was to be built, but this building soon became too small. In 1919, the decision to build a third Corn Palace was made. This one was to be permanent and more purposeful than its predecessors. The present building was completed in 1921, just in time for the Corn Palace Festivities. That winter Mitchell hosted its first boy’s state basketball tournament. The building was considered to have the finest basketball arena in the upper Midwest area.
In the 1930’s, steps were taken to recapture the artistic decorative features of the building and minarets and kiosks of Moorish design were added restoring the appearance of early day Corn Palace.
- Day 1 You will be landing in Sioux Falls South Dakota’s largest city that claims to be “The Heart of America”! We will take a stroll down main street and a early dinner at the Iconic Philips Ave Diner before we head to Historic Thunderstik Lodge for a check in and a night cap.
- Day 2 We will have breakfast alfresco overlooking the majestic Missouri river and Thunderstik’s private buffalo herd. If it’s chilly outside, we will have a roaring breakfast fire to eat fireside. After breakfast, we will have a few hours of free time after breakfast to walk the property (group walk scheduled), take photos or to simply relax and enjoy the friendship and scenery. For the dog lovers, you can join in walking our 24 pheasant dogs which is done each AM and PM. We will have a charcuterie lunch and hit the ranges for shooting instruction/safety along with some fun games. A fabulous dinner made by Thunderstik’s fabulous chef will be served and balance of the evening is board game night and getting to know each other!
- Day 3 Breakfast will be served at 9AM buffet style. By 10AM we will load up and head to The Badlands Nation Park for a private tour and box lunch picnic. We will stop for dinner and will tour the Iconic city of Wall, South Dakota. Dinner will be on your own. We will return to the lodge that evening for a night cap at the bar, hopefully in time to catch the sunset.
- Day 4 Breakfast will be served at 9AM and the first half of the day will be either walking the rolling hills or additional gun/shooting range time. We will load up in the afternoon and take a scenic pontoon ride down the Majestic Missouri River heading back in time for a later dinner and bon fire.
- Day 5 Breakfast will be served at 9AM and immediately after we will load up to head to the airport with a stop at the Corn Palace in Mitchell, SD bringing box lunches to eat when needed.*Itinerary Subject to Change
$2600 – Single Occupancy
*Bring a sister or BFF and receive a double occupancy discount!
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- All meals and activities expressly listed in the itinerary
- All guns and AMMO
- All tipping of local guides
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- Open bar
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- Meals and activities not specified in the itinerary
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- Any gratuities for your host
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When you weave a new adventure travel company (Beatrice Bradley) into the tapestry of Gage Outdoors, an experienced premier American outfitter, the result is a finished combination of talent which provides experiential travel on a new level. Customized for women, our Beatrice Bradley group is made up of conservative women who love America with all her values and traditions. These women want to empower themselves by Embracing Adventure and Being Fearless, they want to meet like-minded travelers and enjoy their company. We welcome solo women travelers and invite them to allow us to craft a trip that they will never forget. Our members are mostly over 45 years old, many are married or widowed – women who just want to have fun! Join us today!
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- A travel company for Women that Love America! Come Solo or bring your BFF
- SOLO-TOGETHER is a way for women to travel without needing a travel partner
- Love America Tour celebrates all our great country has to offer and it’s history and values
- Traveling solo but in a small group, with seasoned host(s), provides safety, comfort and eliminates guesswork
- Dining together in small group seating around small tables
- Make lifelong friends with like-minded women by traveling in our small group tours – more personal, more welcoming
- Get to know you host before the tour departs with one-on-one chats
- A Group text group will be sent to get acquainted 2-3 weeks before the departure date
- BE BRILLIANT, BE FEARLESS, EMBRACE ADVENTURE!