Mt Rushmore & Yellowstone

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Mount Rushmore Guided Tours

Embarking on a guided tour through Mount Rushmore is like stepping into a time warp and experiencing the majesty of America’s past. Mount Rushmore offers an immersive experience that tugs at the heartstrings of patriots and explorers alike, from the sculptures that tower above to the rustic scenery surrounding its hallowed grounds.

When it comes to touring, there’s no better option than Caravan, your truster partner for Mount Rushmore Guided Tours. Our guides are experts in Rushmore, from its storied history to the intricate carving methods used to create the memorial.

But don’t let our knowledge fool you — we also know how to have some fun. With engaging stories and interactive experiences, our tours will leave you with memories that last a lifetime. So what are you waiting for? Book a guided Mount Rushmore tour with us and see what all the fuss is about!

The Benefits of Taking a Guided Mount Rushmore Tour

Taking a Mount Rushmore Guided Tour is one way to get the most out of your visit. Guided tours can provide an in-depth look at this iconic national monument’s history and significance and offer access to areas off-limits to general park visitors.

Here are some of the key benefits that guided tours bring:

  • Expertise: A good guide has knowledge about Mount Rushmore that exceeds what’s available on the standard tourist brochures or websites – they can give you an interesting look at specific historical points related to the monument and share interesting facts not found elsewhere.

  • Accessibility: Some areas of Mount Rushmore are off-limits to the general public. Guided tours offer access to these special places, which would otherwise be unavailable in many cases.

  • Comfort: Guided tours are often conducted in air-conditioned buses or other comfortable vehicles. This means no more long hikes up the mountain on hot summer days! Instead, you’ll be able to sit back, relax, and learn about Mount Rushmore while enjoying comfort and convenience.

  • Convenience: Taking a guided tour means you don’t have to worry about getting lost or missing out on any important sites at Mount Rushmore – your guide will ensure you hit all the highlights without taking too much time.

  • Fun: A guided tour of Mount Rushmore isn’t just educational. It can also be a lot of fun! Guides often add their flair to the tour, making for an entertaining and engaging experience you won’t soon forget.

So when planning your visit to Mount Rushmore, consider taking a guided tour with Caravan – it could be one of the most rewarding experiences from your trip! 

Unique Mount Rushmore Experiences With Caravan Guided Tours

Do you want to do something unique while visiting South Dakota’s Mount Rushmore? Caravan Guided Tours offer exclusive and customizable tour options that cater to all kinds of travelers, from helicopter tours to the Presidential Trail.

Join us for an unforgettable and entertaining adventure. Be ready to learn little-known facts and incredible stories from our expert guides. For a detailed tour, here’s our itinerary to explore the magic of Mount Rushmore. 

Day 1: Rapid City in South Dakota

Ready to see America’s grandest sights? Of course, you are! Day 1 sets the stage for adventure in Rapid City, South Dakota! Take the hotel bus from the airport and unpack at your hotel in the middle of the city at 3:00 p.m. 

Once you’ve settled in, it’s time for the welcome briefing with Caravan at 7:00 p.m. Here’s the inside scoop: Most tours call The Rushmore Hotel home, but trips beginning on Sept. 19 and 20 get to explore the Holiday Inn Rapid City Downtown instead!

Day 2: Crazy Horse Memorial

Hey there, adventure-seeker! Ready to go on an epic journey to see some of America’s most remarkable historical monuments?

  • First stop: the iconic National Monument in Mt. Rushmore! Take a gander at the gigantic faces of Presidents Roosevelt, Lincoln, Washington, Jefferson, and Teddy.

  • Next up, we’re heading to the gigantic Crazy Horse Memorial —- It’s still being built after 50 years! Native American artisans will show off their outstanding crafts here, so make sure to check them out. Also, don’t forget to check out North America’s Indian Museum here.

  • We’ll end the day with a beautiful drive through the Black Hills. This will take us back to busy Rapid City, where you can see the historic area and statues of our past presidents that are bigger than life. Let’s go!

Day 3: Little Bighorn and Billings

It’s day 3! We begin with a fantastic road trip through Wyoming’s lands and fields and then saddle up for a visit to Sheridan’s cowboy town. We’ll enjoy a filling picnic lunch before hitting the road again and crossing into Montana, aka “Big Sky Country.”

Our next stop is Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument, the site of the legendary battle of 1876. Keep your camera ready!

Lastly, we reach Billings, a charming little town snuggled between the Rimrocks and Yellowstone River, where campers’ Clark and Lewis camped back in 1806.

Day 4: Yellowstone National Park (Part I)

On Day 4, we will keep cruising down the Yellowstone River. Thanks to the Lewis & Clark Trail, we’ll enjoy scenic views of Montana!

Next stop, we’ll have to watch out for moose, bears, and wolves as we explore the park’s 2-million-acre land. There are an average of three hundred geysers and more than ten thousand hot springs, mud pots, and fumaroles to check out! We will also go to Mammoth Hot Springs, where the elks run free. Don’t miss out on the terraced pools too!

Finally, we’ll hang out at the Old Faithful Basin for the next two nights. The best part? The Old Faithful Geyser is a short distance from your Old Faithful Inn and Snow Lodge. Every period of ninety minutes, it pours hundreds of gallons of hot water, making it a crowd-pleaser! Remember that the elevation of Old Faithful is around 7,300 feet.

Day 5: Yellowstone National Park (Part II)

We’re still in Yellowstone National Park (Part II) for the 5th day, and it’s time for the adventure to continue. Check out the one-of-a-kind Norris Geyser Basin, chill out at Fishing Bridge Visitor Center, and make sure to feast your eyes on Yellowstone’s Grand Canyon.

Trust us — you want to make sure to take advantage of the booming Yellowstone Falls, which are twice as tall as Niagara Falls! Then, we’ll head back to the hotel for leisure time and geyser gazing.

Day 6: From Grand Tetons, Jackson, to Pocatello, Idaho

It’s Day 6, and it’s time to check out Grand Teton National Park. With 12,000 ft .peaks, look at the jagged Teton Range. They’re the background of the movie “Shane”! Get your photos at Jenny Lake and carry them to Jackson, Wyoming.

You’ll have plenty of time to wander around their unique galleries and boutiques and admire the antler bridge at the Jackson town square entry. Feeling thirsty? Hop into the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar, where the bar stools are made of horse saddles!

Afterward, you’ll cruise into all-suite hotel digs in Pocatello, Idaho, to chill out. But beware! The altitude in Pocatello is about 4,462 ft — we don’t want you to be short of breath.

Day 7: Pocatello

Get your seat belts on – on Day 7, we’ll be continuing our trip through time! First, we’ll explore Pocatello and bring back memories of the emigrants who journeyed to the Old Oregon Trail. We’ll visit the Fort Hall Trading Post replica they once stocked their wagons before heading westward.

Next, we’ll venture into Salt Lake City, the capital of Utah. Our ride around the city will allow us to catch sight of the Capitol Building of the Utah State, and a quick stop-over at Temple Square is a must! These fountains and gardens are a paradise for visitors.

We’ll even check out the legendary home of the Tabernacle Choir of Mormons (except for unavailability due to religious ceremonies). Dinner wraps up this packed day 7!

Day 8: Return to Salt Lake City

Wrap up your tour with breakfast on Day 8 in Salt Lake City. After breakfast, catch your provided airport transfer and head home!

Experience and See All the Beauty Mount Rushmore Has To Offer

Visiting Mount Rushmore on a guided tour offers an excellent way for travelers to enjoy an all-inclusive experience filled with stunning scenery and lasting memories. From the incomparable food to the captivating activities, each moment spent discovering this vast landscape can be unmatched in its splendor.

Whether you’re planning your first visit or your twentieth, our experienced professionals will ensure you get the best possible experience with all of your travel needs to be taken care of. For an unforgettable guided tour of Mount Rushmore, call Caravan at 1-800-CARAVAN or +1-312-321-9800. We look forward to welcoming you and helping create memories that will last a lifetime.

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2024 Hotels

Accommodations in the hotels and lodges are rooms with two beds and private bath or shower. A limited number of single rooms are available. Triple rooms are usually two beds.

Rushmore Hotel

Days 1, 2, 3 • Rapid City, South Dakota

Rushmore Hotel

Rushmore Hotel

The Rushmore Hotel is located in the heart of Rapid City. The lobby has a marble floor design intricately pieced together with 75 different exotic stones from all over the world. All guest rooms at the Rushmore Hotel have coffee makers and high speed internet. All rooms are non-smoking. In Rapid City, “The City of Presidents,” there are now 43 life size bronze statues of former U.S. presidents on city street corners. A statue of President John F. Kennedy and his son, John F. Kennedy, Jr. stands outside the hotel.

Please note: The tours that start on July 10 and August 15 will stay at the Holiday Inn Rapid City Downtown. The tours that start on June 20, August 29 and 31, and September 4, 6 and 12 will stay at the Courtyard Rapid City.

Hilton Garden Inn

Day 4 • Billings, Montana

Hilton Garden Inn

Hilton Garden Inn

Billings, Montana's largest city, is located in the south-central portion of the state. The Hilton Garden Inn is a modern mid-rise hotel located in the newer retail area of Billings, approximately 1/4 mile from Rimrock Mall. Each of the rooms has complimentary wired and wireless internet access, microwave, refrigerator, coffee maker, iron & ironing board, and hairdryer. All rooms are non-smoking. The Hilton Garden Inn's fitness center includes a heated indoor pool and whirlpool. The hotel has a restaurant and lobby bar and is within easy walking distance of several restaurants.

Gray Wolf Inn
Kelly Inn
West Gate Hotel

Day 5 • West Yellowstone, Montana

Gray Wolf Inn

Gray Wolf Inn

Located two blocks from Yellowstone’s West Entrance, your hotel is centrally located for walking to restaurants, shops and attractions. Enjoy the indoor pool, hot tub and gym. Rooms include a mini-fridge, microwave, coffee maker, hair dryer, 49-inch flat-screen satellite TV, free Wi-Fi, telephone and alarm clock, heating and air conditioning. Special amenities include S’mores kits, use of hiking sticks and binoculars and lawn games.

Kelly Inn

Kelly Inn

Your hotel is centrally located for walking to restaurants, shops and attractions. Enjoy the heated indoor pool and hot tub, large outdoor patio with gas fire pit, picnic tables with charcoal grill. Complimentary 24 hour coffee, tea and hot chocolate are available in the lobby. First and second floor guest laundry. Free high speed wireless internet throughout the hotel. Room amenities include Direct TV, free local calls, coffee maker, microwave, mini refrigerator, alarm clock, extra USB charge ports in every room, hair dryer, iron and ironing board, individual heat and AC units, 100% non-smoking rooms.

West Gate Hotel

West Gate Hotel

Conveniently located for walking to downtown restaurants and shops. Indoor heated pool and spa, guest laundry, business center, heating and air conditioning. Rooms include flat-screen TVs with Direct TV satellite channels, free Wi-Fi, hairdryer, fridge, microwave, coffee maker, air conditioning and heating, alarm clock, desk, iron and ironing board, radio, sitting area, telephone.

Jackson Lake Lodge

Days 6, 7 • Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

Jackson Lake Lodge

Jackson Lake Lodge

Your National Park Service lodge, Jackson Lake Lodge, is a National Historic Landmark located in the heart of Grand Teton National Park. The lobby has huge panoramic windows with views overlooking the snow capped Grand Tetons. Enjoy the outdoor heated swimming pool and tennis court. There are no televisions or air conditioning in the rooms. The lodge offers recreational activities for purchase, including horseback riding, boat rides, golf and lake and river fishing. Dining facilities include the elegant Mural Room, the casual Pioneer Grill and the Blue Heron, a scenic cocktail lounge with outdoor seating overlooking the Tetons. The lodge has a gift shop and a medical clinic. Room amenities include WiFi Access. Your cottage room is separate from the Main Lodge and is nestled in the pine trees. Your cottage includes a private bathroom, coffee maker, hairdryer, iron and ironing board, mini refrigerator and telephone.

The Hilton

Day 8 • Salt Lake City, Utah

The Hilton

The Hilton

The Hilton Salt Lake City is located in the heart of Salt Lake City, two blocks from Temple Square and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. The rooms have all the modern amenities, including television, hair dryer, iron & ironing board, phone, voice mail, data port. All rooms are non-smoking.

Please note: All tours will stay at the Hilton Salt Lake City Center Hotel, except for the tours that start on May 29, May 31, June 18 and July 2. These four tours will stay at the Kimpton Hotel Monaco Salt Lake City.

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Airport Transfers

arrival Transfers

Caravan’s Rapid City, South Dakota hotel, the Rushmore Hotel provides a courtesy shuttle from the Rapid City Airport (RAP). Upon arrival, request your shuttle by calling the Rushmore Hotel at 605-348-8300. The shuttle operates daily from 5:00 am to 10 pm.

Exception hotels: The tours beginning on July 10 and August 15 will stay at the Holiday Inn Rapid City Downtown. For these two tour dates at the Holiday Inn, please request your shuttle by calling the Holiday Inn at 605-348-4000 upon arrival. The shuttle for the Holiday Inn operates daily from 5:30 am to 11 pm.

The tours beginning on June 20, August 29 and 31, and September 4, 6 and 12 will stay at the Courtyard Rapid City. For these tour dates, please call the Airport Express Shuttle when you arrive at 605-399-9999 to advise that you are with Caravan Tours and that you just landed. After you have retrieved your luggage, walk outside to the transportation island and your driver will meet you there.

departure Transfers

Caravan provides departure transfers from both the Hilton Salt Lake City Center Hotel and the Kimpton Hotel Monaco Salt Lake City, Utah to the Salt Lake City Airport (SLC). Taxis cost approximately $25.00 to $35.00. Please allow 20 minutes for the drive.

Please note: All tours will stay at the Hilton Salt Lake City Center Hotel, except for the tours that start on May 29, May 31, June 18 and July 2. These four tours will stay at the Kimpton Hotel Monaco Salt Lake City.

Airfare is not included or sold by Caravan.

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Weather & Clothing

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Clothing Tips

This is a casual tour. Casual wear is suggested for sightseeing and daytime travelling. Dress code for evenings is casual. Suit jackets for men and dresses for women are never required. See Travel Tips for more details.

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Travel Tips & FAQs

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Are meals included?

Included meals for each tour are listed at the end of each day. Meals are shown by B (breakfast), L (lunch) and D (dinner). Full, buffet, or deluxe continental breakfasts are included everywhere. Free bottled water is provided on the motorcoach. Alcoholic beverages are not included unless specified.


Meals included in the land price are indicated at the beginning of each day by B (Breakfast), L (Lunch), D (Dinner). Dinner, when included, is served at your hotel except when, as indicated in the itinerary, it is at a special restaurant outside the hotel. Coffee or tea is provided at all included meals.

Children on Tour

Children age five (5) and older are welcome on tour when accompanied by an adult. Usually, children travel during the school vacation months of June, July and August, and also during spring and winter school breaks.

Family Trips

Families are always welcome on any of our tours, but we do not have any programs specifically for or limited to families. Families can make specific requests for connecting, adjacent, triple or quad rooms, when available. Children must be at least 5 years old.

My Tour Price Does Not Include

Prices do not include air travel, country entry or departure fees, airport porters, visas, phone calls, valet, laundry, all items of a personal nature, extra food and beverages not on the regular menu, and tips to the Caravan Tour Director, driver, and local guides. General fees and taxes are additional and listed separately beneath each tour’s price.

My Tour Price Includes

Virtually everything! Hotels, many meals, all of the activities described in the itinerary pages, airport transfers in select cities, gratuities to hotel porters, restaurant staff and local guides. Caravan’s professional Tour Directors and local guides will be with you every step of the way, ensuring a worry free vacation.

Age of Travelers on a Caravan Tour

Usually, you find a mix of different age adult travelers on a Caravan Tour. Children age five (5) and older are welcome, and children usually join tours offered during Christmas holidays, summer vacation and spring break vacation.

Forms of Payment

Caravan accepts payment (in U.S. funds only) via MasterCard, Visa, or Discover.

Many Tours Sell Out Each Year

The farther in advance that you book, the more likely it is that your preferred tour will be open. Late bookings are welcome if the space is still available.

Fully Guided Tours Since 1952

Caravan has been offering fully guided tours worldwide under the same family ownership and management since 1952. Caravan understands and truly cares about your great expectations.

Size of Tour Group

Group sizes will vary depending on the reserved rooms at the hotels and the capacity of the boats and motorcoaches used. Usually, group sizes range from 30 to 44 passengers.

A Well-Paced Itinerary

A well-paced and unhurried itinerary is our goal, after all, you are on vacation! Touring days begin and end at reasonable hours and include frequent stops. While the occasional early morning departure is necessary, we do our best to ensure a leisurely vacation.

Caravan’s $129 Travel Protection

Caravan Travel Protection offers peace of mind if you cancel for any reason whatsoever prior to the departure of the tour. The travel protection plan also includes air, baggage, evacuation, medical, and quarantine coverage. The cost is $129.

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Customer Reviews

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"Beyond description, and I’m an English teacher! We chose Caravan for our 50th anniversary celebration and could not have been more pleased. Incredible offerings and accommodations made for personal needs at each stop. Loved the sights and photo ops, a totally comfortable amount. Loved that we could watch beautiful and informative films if we so chose. Never felt tired, and we loved the mini-hikes. Our TD was truly extraordinary, the ✭ director of the year, and all museum guides and assistants were inspirational. We may consider another tour in the future (this was our first), it was such a positive experience."

Mr. R.B., Englewood, New Jersey

"Looking for a carefree vacation? Caravan takes care of everything. Logistics, including airport and baggage transfers, hotels, sightseeing and activities, and reservations for all the events. Long coach rides can be quite boring, right? Not so if you were fortunate enough to have booked the Caravan Yellowstone, Mount Rushmore and Grand Tetons tour in August this year. Our awesome driver guided us as we traversed 1250 miles of spectacular scenery for six days. Mother nature treated us to thrilling views; geysers, hot springs, abundant lodgepole pine trees, lakes, rivers and wildlife. Bring your camera so you can capture the significant milestones and awesome sights along the way. We were on watch for waterfowl, beaver, osprey, eagles, and big game elk, bison, and deer. The Grand Tetons provide a fantastic backdrop as you take it all in. And don’t worry if you slept through geography and social studies class in high school. Enter our director, a great storyteller with colorful speech and quick wit. Never dull, the daily excursions traveling through the west all rolled up into one incredible trip."

Mr. C.R., Chattanooga, Tennessee

"When I’m ready for another guided tour, Caravan would be a top choice. I was totally impressed with how organized everything was. So many great activities and sights: the hikes around the hot springs. Our tour director made the trip so fun, and our driver was excellent, always smiling, helpful and welcoming us aboard. Lots of rest and photo stops made our vacation enjoyable."

Mr. & Mrs. A.N., East Syracuse, New York

"Outstanding. I cannot emphasize enough how pleased we were to go on our 2nd trip with Caravan. This was equally, if not better, than our last trip to Yosemite. We had a great time, felt safe, and couldn’t have seen as much or learned as much if we went at it alone. We cannot say enough good things about your staff and our experience. They aced it. Our TD was an excellent animator and director delivering on what was promised and more. We enjoyed all the sights and guided tours, very well chosen. Relaxing, scenic and very memorable, we’d recommend it to anyone."

Mr. & Mrs. A.M., Abington, Pennsylvania

"This is my third Caravan tour and by far the best. I have highly recommended you to many people and show them your brochure. I was very happy with the provided activities and sights and especially liked our director’s narration about what we were seeing as it greatly enhanced our experience. I never had and probably never will have a finer tour director."

Mr. J.B., Mount Vernon, Ohio

"I am very happy that I took this tour through history, and happy with all we were able to see and do. We have a beautiful country right here and to be able to finally visit things and learn about them was an amazing experience. So many breathtaking moments along with a narrative by a professional; again, amazing. Even during longer drives, our director kept us informed about where we were and any important history that tied our tour together. He was an excellent tour director. Entertaining, he held my attention and his time management was impeccable. I was impressed with his concern for us and his preparedness; he was a pleasure to travel with for the seven days. Thank you."

Mrs. P.P., Lavallette, New Jersey

"Excellent trip in all aspects and a great value! Caravan took good care of me from the airport arrival to the airport departure. Yellowstone and Grand Tetons were beautiful. Loved the geysers and thermal activity, canyons, waterfalls, mountains and wildlife. Will certainly consider booking another Caravan adventure in the future."

Mr. L.R., Lebanon, Ohio

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Why Travel with Caravan?

Excellence Since 1952

You can trust our years of experience with tours of superb quality and excellent value. Caravan has enjoyed the same family management and ownership since 1952.

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In 1959, Pan Am invited Caravan to be the very first tour company to fly their clients on its new line of Clipper Jets.
Vintage Motorcoach
In 1964, Caravan introduced the very first fleet of air conditioned motorcoaches in all of Europe.
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Caravan is a proud supporter of the Leatherback Turtle National Park and Costa Rica's efforts to protect this endangered giant.
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Caravan Care

For your safety, Caravan cancelled most 2020 and all 2021 tour departures and refunded 100% of all payments received. See Caravan’s Covid-19 Terms of Travel.

Caravan's Proud History

In 1965, Roger Mudd hosted a two-hour CBS TV special on Caravan Tours. This TV production took about one month to make and was so successful it inspired the 1968 romantic comedy movie “If it’s Tuesday this must be Belgium.” In the early 50’s the Mayor of Dublin presented Caravan with the Key to Dublin for bringing the first American tour to the city after WWII. Since then, Caravan has been recognized as a pioneer in travel. You can trust in our stability, experience and dedication to quality.

Great Hotels

Stay at park lodges, scenic resorts, and excellent hotels in great locations. See hotel descriptions on each tour page.


Most meals included within Latin America. For USA and Canada tours, included meals are listed on each itinerary page. Bottled water is provided on motorcoaches in Latin America.

Complete Sightseeing

Enjoy complete sightseeing with more visits, extra features, and local guides.

Fully Guided by Tour Directors

All tours conducted from start to finish by professional tour directors, who are fluent in English, experienced, and fun.


Caravan includes all activities listed in the tour itinerary page. Caravan does not sell any optional activities which can add hundreds of dollars to your tour price. Your free time is scheduled in great settings where there is no need to buy additional expensive activities.

Shopping Freedom

Caravan will not bring you to overpriced shops in exchange for payments. Caravan gives you ample opportunity and time for great shopping, and the freedom to choose where and when to shop.

Great Value, Book Early

Caravan’s strong buying power gives you great vacations at prices much lower than you can find anywhere. In a typical year, most of our tours sell out quickly. Book early for the date you prefer and the best air fare.

How does Caravan Tours sell these tours for such a low cost?

Caravan delivers volume to our suppliers, who in turn reward us with their very best prices. We in turn pass these savings on to you, and you reward us by buying our tours. As volume continues to rise, we then receive even better prices from our suppliers, and we pass even greater savings on to you. This year our tours are better than ever.

Trade Association Memberships

Caravan is a member of NTA (National Tour Association), ABA (American Bus Association), CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association), and ACMA (American Commerce Marketing Association).