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8-Day Chicago Sightseeing, Mt. Rushmore, Theodore Roosevelt National Park, Yellowstone Tour from Chicago

Tour Code: 655-8351   
From USD  $882  
Thu, Fri (6/4/2020 - 10/2/2020)
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Chicago, IL
English; Mandarin Chinese
8 Days 7 Nights

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Highlights: Visit Yellowstone, Chicago, Badlands National Park, Bismarck, Devils Tower, Fargo, Jamestown, Keystone, Madison, Minneapolis, Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Sioux Falls, Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Inclusions: 7 nights hotel accomodations, Transportation via air-conditioned vehicle

  • Free upgrade to Marriott's Sheraton Suites Chicago Elk Grove on the day of airport pick-up, Chicago city tour or transfer city tour
  • 3 national parks and 2 national monuments
  • 5 historic Midwestern cities and 4 unique Midwestern towns
  • Explore Upper Mississippi River; travel across Midwestern United States

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    Day 1


    On this tour, guests will get to see the best of Chicago in one day. Today, we will take a walk in Millennium Park, where we will see a combination of stunning architecture, sculpture, and landscape design in the heart of downtown. There, we will see the famous Cloud Gate before taking a break at the Clarence Buckingham Memorial Fountain. After that, we will stroll around the Navy Pier. Then, we will get an exclusive tour of the Chicago Theater, an exquisite French Baroque style building. Walking along Michigan Avenue, we will be strolling down the brilliant Magnificent Mile, where we will see the Art Institute of Chicago, Grant Park, and the historical Chicago Water Tower. For the best view of the city, we will go to the top of 360 CHICAGO. Afterward, we will take a Architectural cruise to further admire the city's architecture (the cruise will be closed in winter).
    • Chicago, IL

      Chicago is a city of color and history. The largest city in the American Midwest, it sits on Lake Michigan. It is home to one of the world's tallest buildings, the Willis Tower, and many other amazing activities.

      Buckingham Fountain

      Buckingham Fountain in Chicago's Grant Park is one of the largest fountains in the world and one of Chicago's most popular tourist attractions. It throws as much as 15,000 gallons of water into the air every minute.

      Millennium Park

      Located in Chicago's busy Loop area, Millennium Park was opened in 2004 and is a state-of-the-art park. The Pavilion and Great Lawn is now a popular spot to host concerts, and the iconic Cloud Gate is located in this park.

      Cloud Gate

      This impressive and somewhat bizarre stainless steel sculpture is the focal point of AT&T Plaza in Chiago, Illinois' Millennium Park. Nicknamed "The Bean" due to its shape, it was constructed in 2006 and designed by British artist Anish Kapoor.

      Navy Pier

      Both a designated Chicago Landmark and a member of the US National Register of Historic Places, this is Chicago's most popular tourist spot. It is home to a small theme park and fairground, as well as a minigolf course.

      Chicago Theater

      In the busy Loop area of Chicago is the city's namesake theater with its iconic marquee, which has become an unofficial symbol of the city. It hosts performances of all kinds, including drama, comedy, dance, and more.

      Admission (Optional): Adult $18; Child (3-12 yrs) $13; Senior (Over 65 yrs) $18

      Michigan Avenue

      Part of Chicago's Magnificent Mile, Michigan Avenue is one of the city's major roadways, running north-to-south through the heart of downtown. It is home to many famous buildings and upscale shops.

      Art Institute of Chicago

      The Art Institute is the 2nd-largest art museum in the US after the Met in New York. It houses pieces by renowned painters such as Van Gogh, Monet, and Cezanne, as well as an extensive collection of African-American art.

      Admission (Optional): Adult $25; Child (Under 14 yrs) Free; Senior (Over 65 yrs) $19

      360 Chicago

      This observsation deck sits atop the John Hancock Tower in Chicago, providing exquisite aerial views of the city's skyline that you can't get anywhere else. The new LIFT feature extends out above the city below for an exhilirating experience.

      Admission (Optional): Adult $28; Child (3-12 yrs) $21; Senior (Over 65 yrs) $28

      Architectural Cruise

      The Architectural Cruise of Chicago is a perfect way to view one of America's most formidable cities, all from the comfort of a boat leisurely sailing down the Chicago River, either during the day or at twilight.

      Admission (Optional): Adult $39; Child (3-12 yrs) $18; Senior (Over 65 yrs) $35; Tax not included

      Chicago City Helicopter Experience

      The helicopter tour provides the most spectacular and unique views of the world’s best skyline. Amazing panoramas of the city, scenic waterfront, and historic landmarks await you from the optimal vantage point in the sky.

      Minimum 2 passengers is required.

      Admission (Optional): Adult $89; Child (3-12 yrs) $89; Senior (Over 65 yrs) $89

    Standard Hotel: Best Western Plus O' Hare International South Hotel or similar
    Day 2

    Chicago - Madison - Minneapolis - St. Cloud (439 miles)

    In the morning, we will go to visit Wisconsin State Capitol. Then we will travel to Minnesota and see the Mill City Museum. Today's trip will take you to experience the culture and history as well as the beautiful rural scenery of the two Midwestern states in America.
    • Madison, WI

      Madison is the capital of Wisconsin. It consistently ranks among the best places to live in the US. It is the home of the main campus of the University of Wisconsin.

      Wisconsin State Capitol

      (Outside Visit) Completed in 1917, the building is the tallest building in Madison and the fifth to serve as the Wisconsin capitol since the first territorial legislature convened in 1836 and the third building since Wisconsin was granted statehood in 1848.
    • Minneapolis, MN

      The larger of the twin cities, Minneapolis developed in the Industrial Age of the 19th century because of the lumber and flour milling industries. It is the home of the late Prince, one of the greatest musicians of all time.

      Mill City Museum

      Opened in 2003 on the historic waterfront of the Mississippi River, this museum details the history of Minneapolis' milling industry, and the founding and growth of the city.

      Admission (Optional): Adult $12; Child (5-17 yrs) $6; Senior (Over 65 yrs) $10|Opening Hours: Tue - Sat 10:00am - 5:00pm, Closed Monday, Sun 12:00pm - 5:00pm|Duration: Approx. 1 Hour

    Standard Hotel: American Inn by Wyndham or equivalent
    Day 3

    St. Cloud - Fargo - Jamestown - Bismarck - Dickinson (283 miles)

    Today we will continue our journey to North Dakota with the spirit of the pioneers during the Westward Movement. First we will go to visit Bonanza Ville. Then we will move to Jamestown to view National Buffalo Museum. We will also visit North Dakota Heritage Center in Bismarck. After that, we will return to Dickinson.
    • Fargo, ND

      Fargo is the most populous city in the state of North Dakota, accounting for nearly 17% of the state population.

      Bonanza Ville

      Bonanza Ville is a history museum complex in West Fargo of the Cass County Historical Society. Displays include a prairie church, a general store, a drug store, a fire station, Fargo's first house, and a schoolhouse. There are also several newer buildings which have been constructed on the grounds including an aircraft museum and an automobile museum.

      Admission (Optional): Adult $13; Child (6-16 yrs) $6.50; Senior (Over 65 yrs) $11|Duration: Approx. 1 Hour

    • Jamestown, ND

      Jamestown is a city in Stutsman County, North Dakota, United States. It is the county seat of Stutsman County.

      National Buffalo Museum

      The National Buffalo Museum is housed in a rustic log building at the Frontier Village in Jamestown, North Dakota.

      Admission (Optional): Adult $8; Child (5-14 yrs) $6; Senior (Over 65 yrs) $6|Duration: Approx. 1 Hour

    • Bismarck, ND

      Bismarck is the capital of the U.S. state of North Dakota and the county seat of Burleigh County.

      North Dakota Heritage Center

      North Dakota Heritage Center is the North Dakota's official history museum. Thousands of artifacts and specimens, high-tech displays, and interactive exhibits in four museum galleries trace North Dakota history from 600 million years ago through current developments.

      Duration: Approx. 1 Hour

    Standard Hotel: Red Roof Inn & Suites Dickinson or similar
    Day 4

    Dickinson - Theodore Roosevelt National Park - Billings (286 miles)

    Today, we will first visit Paint Canyon and Theodore Roosevelt National Park. In the evening, we will check into hotel in Billings, the largest city of Montana.
    • Theodore Roosevelt National Park, ND

      Theodore Roosevelt National Park is an American national park comprising three geographically separated areas of badlands in western North Dakota. The park was named for U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt.

      Duration: Approx. 3 Hours

      Painted Canyon

      Painted Canyons right off the north side of I - 94. Entering the Badlands from the east, you will chance to get a look at them from a scenic overlook.

      Duration: Approx. 30 Minutes

    Standard Hotel: Super 8 by Wyndham Billings or similar
    Day 5

    Billings - Yellowstone - Billings (341 miles)

    We will spend the whole day today visiting Yellowstone National Park! We are going to see a variety of breathtaking views, including Mammoth Hot Springs, Upper Yellowstone Falls, Grand Prismatic Hot Spring, Old Faithful Geyser, Mud Volcano Area and more. You will also have the opportunity to observe wild animals rambling in the park, including elks and buffalo. In the evening, we will return to our hotel in Billings.
    • Yellowstone, WY

      The largest, oldest, and most famous national park displays a fascinating scenery of hot springs, geysers, canyons & waterfalls, and nature everywhere you look!

      Mammoth Hot Springs

      This large complex of hot springs is impressive both for its unique beauty as well as its scale. Formed hundreds of thousands of years ago by volcanic and seismic activity, these springs are one of Yellowstone's most popular spots.

      Upper Yellowstone Falls

      Located a quarter-mile upstream of the larger Lower Falls, the Upper Yellowstone River Falls plunge 109 feet down an eroded lava cliff into the basin below. The area below the falls has been subject to heavier erosion than above.

      Grand Prismatic Hot Spring

      The third largest hot spring in the world, the Grand Prismatic Hot Spring gets its color from bacteria around its rim that feed off of the mineral-rich water. In the summer months, the hot spring is a vivid red-orange shade.

      Old Faithful Geyser

      Old Faithful is a cone geyser in the Upper Geyser Basin of Yellowstone National Park. It is one of the park's most well-known natural features, and is famous for its predictability. It generally erupts every 91 minutes.

      Mud Volcano Area

      The Mud Volcano blew itself apart in the early 20th century, but visitors can still see the impressive crater and other geothermal features in the surrounding area, such as the Mud Cauldron, Black Dragon's Caldron, and Dragon's Mouth Spring.

      West Thumb Geyser Basin

      The West Thumb Geyser Basin is the largest geyser basin at Yellowstone Lake, and an impressive area of geothermal activity that contains hot springs, mud pots, and geysers-- some of which are even in the lake itself.
    Standard Hotel: Super 8 by Wyndham Billings or equivalent
    Day 6

    Billings - Devils Tower - Mount Rushmore - Rapid City (351 miles)

    Today we will visit the two-world famous national monuments in the United States, Devil's Tower National Monument in the northeast corner of Wyoming and Mt Rushmore National Monument at the northwest corner of South Dakota. We will also visit Presidential Wax Museum and Bear Country USA. In the evening, we will visit have dinner at Wall Drug Resturant (optional). We will stay overnight at a hotel in Rapid City.
    • Devils Tower, WY

      The first declared United States National Monument. It'is an igneous intrusion or laccolith located in the Black Hills near Hulett and Sundance in Crook County. A monolithic rock formation that rises 1,267 feet above the surrounding land and was once the neck of an active volcano.

      Devils Tower National Monument

      This massive monolith in the Black Hills of Wyoming was the nation's first national monument, anointed by Teddy Roosevelt in 1906. In recent years, climbing the rock has become popular. The stone column is considered sacred by many Native Americans.

      Duration: Approx. 2 Hours

    • Mount Rushmore National Memorial, SD

      This famous United States monument in the Black Hills of western South Dakota depicts the busts of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. The 60-foot tall statues are carved right into the side of the mountains.

      Duration: Approx. 1 Hour 30 Minutes

    • Keystone, ND

      Keystone is a town in the Black Hills region of Pennington County, South Dakota, United States.

      National Presidential Wax Museum

      Here you can see over 100 lifelike wax figures, including all 45 U.S. presidents, notable Sioux Chiefs, inventors and international political figures. The wax figures are the work of world-renowned wax sculptor Katherine Stubergh whose notable works include wax figures used in Gone With the Wind and the 1953 film House of Wax.

      Admission (Optional): Adult $23; Child (3-12 yrs) $17; Senior (Over 65 yrs) $23

    • Rapid City, SD

      The second most populous city in South Dakota. Known as the "Gateway to the Black Hills" and the "City of Presidents", it is split by a low mountain ridge that divides the western and eastern parts of the city.

      Bear Country USA

      Bear Country USA is a drive-through wildlife park located eight miles outside of Rapid City, SD. This 200-acre compound gets its name from its black bears, of which it has the largest collection in the world.

      Admission (Optional): Adult $18; Child (5-12 yrs) $12; Senior (Over 62 yrs) $16

    Standard Hotel: Baymont by Wyndham Rapid City or equivalent
    Day 7

    Rapid - Badland National Park - Sioux Falls - Blue Earth (459 miles)

    We will start today's tour in Badlands National Park. We will also visit Falls Park in Sioux Falls. Toward the evening, we will arrive in Blue Earth, Minnesota. We will stay overnight in this town.
    • Badlands National Park, SD

      Badlands National Park consists of 244,000 acres of sharply eroded buttes, pinnacles and spires blended with the largest protected mixed grass prairie in the United States.

      Duration: Approx. 3 Hours

    • Sioux Falls, SD

      Sioux Falls is the most populous city in the U.S. state of South Dakota and the 143rd-most populous city in the United States. It is the county seat of Minnehaha County and also extends into Lincoln County to the south.

      Falls Park

      Fall Park is a public park located in north center Sioux Falls. Through it runs theBig Sioux River, and it includes a caf, observation tower, and the remains of an old mill.

      Duration: Approx. 2 Hours

    Standard Hotel: American Inn by Wyndham, Blue Earth or equivalent
    Day 8

    Blue Earth - Austin - Chicago (379 miles)

    On our last day, we will visit Spam museum! While visiting the museum, don't forget to visit local shops and grab a sandwich made from SPAM! We will also experience Original Wisconsin Ducks before back to Chicago.
    • Austin, MN

      Austin is a small city which has two artificial lakes, East Side Lake and Mill Pond. It is called "SPAM Town USA" and the Spam Museum also locates here.

      Spam Museum

      The Spam Museum is an admission-free museum in Austin, Minnesota dedicated to Spam, a brand of canned precooked meat products made by Hormel Foods Corporation.
    • Wisconsin Dells, WI

      Wisconsin Dells is a city in south-central Wisconsin.The city takes its name from the Dells of the Wisconsin River, a scenic, glacially formed gorge that features striking sandstone formations along the banks of the Wisconsin River. Together with the nearby village of Lake Delton, the city forms an area known as "the Dells", a popular Midwestern tourist destination.

      Duck Boat

      The tours visit wilderness trails, and enter nearby Lake Delton and the Wisconsin River. One company, Original Wisconsin Ducks, has more than 90 vehicles and is the largest operator of duck tours in the United States.

      Admission (Optional): Adult $32.02; Child (4-11 yrs) $16.01; Senior (Over 65 yrs) $32.02|Duration: Approx. 1 Hour 30 Minutes

    Departure dates on Fri (6/5-10/2/2020) will visit the Chicago City tour on last day.
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    Location Address Departure Return
    Chicago, IL map link 207 W Cermak Rd, Chicago, IL 60616 8:00am 7:30pm

    *Return time is an estimate and varies based on traffic and weather conditions.

    • After tour ends, you can choose to drop off in Chicago Chinatown or flight departs from ORD after 19:00.
    • Price Includes

    • Airport dropoff on the last day
    • 7 nights hotel accomodations
    • Transportation via air-conditioned vehicle
    • Tour guide Level 2: semi-guided tour
    • All taxes and fees included
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    • Admission Fees:
      Destination Adult Child Senior
      Chicago, IL
      360 Chicago (Optional) $28 $21 (3-12 yrs) $28 (Over 65 yrs)
      Architectural Cruise (Optional) $39 $18 (3-12 yrs) $35 (Over 65 yrs)
      Art Institute of Chicago (Optional) $25 Free (Under 14 yrs) $19 (Over 65 yrs)
      Chicago City Helicopter Experience (Optional) $89 $89 (3-12 yrs) $89 (Over 65 yrs)
      Chicago Theater (Optional) $18 $13 (3-12 yrs) $18 (Over 65 yrs)
      Fargo, ND
      Bonanza Ville (Optional) $13 $6.50 (6-16 yrs) $11 (Over 65 yrs)
      Jamestown, ND
      National Buffalo Museum (Optional) $8 $6 (5-14 yrs) $6 (Over 65 yrs)
      Keystone, ND
      National Presidential Wax Museum (Optional) $23 $17 (3-12 yrs) $23 (Over 65 yrs)
      Minneapolis, MN
      Mill City Museum (Optional) $12 $6 (5-17 yrs) $10 (Over 65 yrs)
      Rapid City, SD
      Bear Country USA (Optional) $18 $12 (5-12 yrs) $16 (Over 62 yrs)
      Wisconsin Dells, WI
      Duck Boat (Optional) $32.02 $16.01 (4-11 yrs) $32.02 (Over 65 yrs)
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      • If you would like to join the optional activities, please pay the fee in cash to the tour guide. You cannot buy / use the tickets on your own or use City Passes. The tour guide will arrange the tickets for the group.
    • Mandatory Fee: $135/person (Admissions for Theodore Roosevelt National Park, Yellowstone National Park, Badlands National Park, Devil's Tower National Monument, Mt Rushmore National Monument).
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