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American History Comes Alive on Rocky Mountain Vacations in South Dakota Whether you are a fan of HBO's Deadwood series or not, you'll find the natural beauty and history of South Dakota's Black Hills region fascinating. Our Rocky Mountain vacations are planned to take in the best of the region. On the northern leg of the trip, you'll visit Sturgis (home of the biggest motorcycle rally in the world) and just down the road, the infamous Deadwood. Though recently made more famous by the TV series, the town really has a history of infamy. Gambling and the wildness of the Old West found a home here, and the place still holds a sense of that character, though now it's really a safe, fun place to visit. Mount Rushmore and Black Hills National Forest Traveling further south, you'll visit several other locations that are famous for both natural beauty and historical importance. Mount Rushmore is one of America's most famous landmarks, and seeing it yourself is unlike seeing it in a photograph. You will be amazed at the scale of the project and all that it represents. Biking through this region gives one that unique experience of concurrent excitement and peace. Mickelson Trail, a Converted Railroad, Offers Plenty to See The entire area is beautiful and there is never a lack of interesting things to see as we pedal along the back roads and the Mickelson Trail. The trail in its entirety is 109 miles long and includes more than 100 converted railroad bridges and four tunnels through solid rock. By the early 1900's, the bison population of the US had nearly been wiped out. Wind Cave National Park was one of the first places selected by the American Bison Society to establish a protected herd. The national park now offers the chance to see bison, pronghorn, elk, and prairie dogs as well as Wind Cave, which is the fourth longest cave in the world. Accommodations on the trip offer the best of both worlds. You'll stay in luxuriously appointed facilities decorated in the rustic style reminiscent of the Old West and the traditions of South Dakota. Austin-Lehman leads fantastic adventure vacation tours all over the world, but that doesn’t mean we've lost sight of the outstanding opportunities for vacations in the Rocky Mountains. Nobody knows this part of the country better than we do and our Rocky

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