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Deadwood Via Great Falls

Deadwood Via Great Falls

New this year is our 7 day Historic Deadwood tour Via Great Falls.

Let loose in Historic Deadwood, South Dakota. Meet Old West legends, explore the Wild West history, experience live entertainment and check out how the West was really won in our gaming halls, saloons and casinos.

Enjoy an optional side trip to see Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse with a local guide.
Join in a free Blackjack and slot tournament.

Pick-up Points:
St. Albert Inn & Suites
Super 8 Edmonton South
Executive Royal Hotel, Leduc
Radisson Hotel Red Deer
Clarion Hotel & Conference Centre, Calgary
Park Place Mall, Lethbridge

Pricing

  • Single: $1149.00
  • Twin: $759.00
  • Triple: $659.00
  • Quad: $609.00

Pricing is based on number of people in your group. Rates below are for the next upcoming departure date. For pricing details about other departures, please click the "View Prices" link next to your desired date in the Departure Dates block to the right.

Applicable taxes may be added at the time of booking.

Tour Details by Day

Day 1 – St. Albert to Great Falls, Montana

Meals Included: None

Welcome aboard your coach as your tour begins in Edmonton. Travel south through Red Deer, Calgary & Lethbridge. Stop at the Duty Free before entering the U.S.A. at Sweetgrass. Following Interstate 15 you make your way to Great Falls, your overnight destination.

Day 2 – Great Falls to Deadwood

Meals Included: Breakfast

Today, we will take Interstate 87 Southeast and enjoy a coffee stop along the way before arriving into Billings where we will enjoy lunch. After lunch we will carry onto our final stop of Deadwood for the next 4 evenings.

HISTORY OF THE MINERAL PALACE
The beginnings of the present-day Mineral Palace extend to Deadwood’s early days. In 1876 a shrewd and cunning entrepreneur named Al Swearengen arrived in rowdy Deadwood and the following year he established The Gem Theatre on the site now occupied by the Mineral Palace. It seems that the term “theatre” was loosely used, because the Gem was actually a house of prostitution. Always packed with fortune-hunters, the Gem survived fires, floods and wild patrons to become one of Deadwood’s most venerable and longest-operating entertainment establishments. Legend has it that in its prime the Gem was an immensely profitable venture, taking in at least $5,000 on most nights, and $10,000 on some. Unfortunately, Al Swearengen died penniless. He departed Deadwood soon after an 1899 fire, and was killed not long after that while trying to hop a train in Denver’s rail yard.

In 1990, not long after gambling was legalized in Deadwood, the community’s Ford dealership was transformed into a complex of three casinos named Cousin Jacks, The Livery and Carrie Nation’s. Together, the three were collectively known as “Three Of A Kind.”

Construction on the grand and gracious Mineral Palace began in 1992, and a formal opening was held in March, 1993. The 75-unit hotel combined with the Gem Steakhouse and Saloon and the three casinos was called Mineral Palace Hotel and Gaming. The facility also offers a liquor store, gift shop and free on-site parking.

Day 3 – Deadwood

Meals Included: Breakfast

After two days of travelling, enjoy a free day today. Gamble, dine, and explore this historic town with its many gaming halls (89), restaurants (36) and museums.

Take in the live entertainment at Mainstreet Shows & Shoot Outs starts a 1:45 pm and continues every half hour till 7:45pm. This then moves to the Trial of Jack McCall which is at 8pm at the Masonic Building Mainstreet.

Or take the Original Deadwood Tour, which is a narrated tour of Deadwood,Tatanka and Mt. Moriah Cemetery. The most informative, entertaining, hour-long tour of Deadwood and Mt. Moriah Cemetery you’ll find! Departing from Midnight Star daily 10:20 a.m., 11:30 a.m, 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. (times may vary). ($)

Day 4 – Deadwood- Mount Rushmore/Crazy Horse

Meals Included: Breakfast

This morning after breakfast, enjoy an entertaining day trip through the Black Hills to Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse Monument. You will have time to take pictures and have lunch before boarding your coach back to Deadwood. A local step on guide will be on board giving us an interesting & informative tour of the area. For this optional tour there is a cost of $15.00 U.S. per person.

CRAZY HORSE MONUMENT
Crazy Horse Memorial started in 1948 to honor the Native American culture in the Black Hills of South Dakota. The sculptor, Koczak Ziolkowski, chose the legendary Ogala Sioux leader, Chief Crazy Horse. After unexpectedly dying 34 years into the project, Ziolkowski’s wife, Ruth, and their family (in conjunction with the Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation) continues the project. Currently, the Crazy Horse Memorial is the world’s largest mountain carving in progress.

MOUNT RUSHMORE
The story of Mount Rushmore National Memorial begins in 1923 when South Dakota historian Doane Robinson envisioned creating an attraction so big it would bring people from all over the world to the Black Hills. He dreamed of sculptures of Wild West heroes carved into the granite needles of the Black Hills.

Day 5 – Deadwood Activities

Meals Included: Breakfast

This morning your are encouraged to sign up and partake in a free slot tournament and a free blackjack tournament in the afternoon. Later you can continue to explore this historic town on your own. Do some shopping at the many stores like DEADWOOD’S WILD BILLS TRADING POST where you will find a “Wild Bill exhibit, antique guns, antique gambling items, souvenirs, gifts, general antiques, items of historic interest”, or stop in at Mustang Sally’s which is “a ports bar and grill, with the best burgers in town”.

Day 6 – Deadwood to Great Falls

Meals Included: Breakfast

Time to depart and retrace our steps back to Great Falls for our final evening of this tour.

Day 7 – Great Falls-Home

Meals Included: Breakfast

Make a stop at the Duty Free store before crossing the border and returning home with fond memories of your Deadwood vacation.