Tours

Visit Mount Rushmore

Visit Mount Rushmore after a relaxed four-lane drive. This organized monument tour may take 4 hours including the 52 mile roundtrip and you can leave Mount Rushmore on your own schedule. Car parking tickets are all that’s needed and they’re included in your registration packet and valid for 7 days. Separate parking is on the top floor of the parking ramp for Porsche organized visits and parking there makes it easy to take group Porsche pictures with Mount Rushmore in the background.

Mount Rushmore RouteThere are many things you can do and see at Mount Rushmore including guided tours with a ranger, visiting museums, and reading historic notes while walking on interesting paths. You have lots of opportunities to take pictures and you can even get really good ice cream.

Visit Mount Rushmore on one of the guided tours on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. With your parking pass you can go whenever you wish, too.

 

Mount Rushmore

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mount Rushmore with Natural Light

 

 

Visit Crazy Horse

Visit Crazy Horse and come face-to-face with the world’s largest in-process mountain carving. It honors the historic heritage and living cultures of North American IndiScreen shot 2015-07-28 at 9.25.46 AMan people. If you register for this visit, you have admittance to the Crazy Horse compound, a separate Porsche parking area, a bus tour to the base of the monument, a native taco buffet and access to an extensive, beautiful museum of native culture and artifacts. They may have North American Indian entertainment if you want to stay and see that, too. This is about 80 miles round trip and likely to take about 5 hours although you can stay as long as you wish and return separate from the tour, too.

You can visit Crazy Horse on guided tours Thursday, Friday, or Saturday and enjoy lunch for only $30 per person. If you choose to go separately, your prices will be different.

 

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Crazy Horse

 

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On this visit, you head to Crazy Horse in time to eat lunch and enjoy the monument activities and then go on to Mount Rushmore, just 17 miles away. You can visit both monuments in a single day, leaving 2 days open for more time for other tours and drives.

Register for Crazy Horse and Mount Rushmore in the same guided visit Thursday, Friday, or Saturday and enjoy lunch for only $30 per person.

 

 

 

 

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Mount Rushmore Aerial

 

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Indian Museum of North America

 

 

Tour the Southern Hills

Take this extensive multi-hour scenic tour and enjoy great scenery on two-lane winding and twisty roads while driving your Porsche moderately. The two best-known touring roads in the Black Hills are on this route. Much of the time you’ll be in Custer State Park and the entry fee there is part of your initial registration fee.Screen shot 2015-07-28 at 9.30.43 AM

On Iron Mountain Road, you go through tunnels framing Mount Rushmore and over pigtail bridges with other Porsches driving above and below you. Needles Highway gives you narrow tunnels and wonderful switchbacks just made for Porsches.

While in the park, you’ll be on 20 miles of the Wildlife Loop and probably see a wide array of wildlife possibly including antelope, burros, prairie dogs, mountain goats, mule deer, and bison. You stop for a luncheon buffet at the Game Lodge, a great place to relax and appreciate the food and environment.  Everything from wildlife to wineries is along the way. You’ll be out most of the day and enjoy the twisty elevated view of Rapid City on Skyline Drive for the finale of the tour.

You can enjoy the Southern Hills on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday and have a great buffet lunch for $25 at the Game Lodge when you register for this guided tour.

 

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Iron Mountain Pigtial Bridge                               Custer State Park Game Lodge

 

 

Tour Sheridan Lake

Travel a short route on some great two-lane twisties just outside Rapid City. On back roads (all paved, of course) you go to Keystone. Then you go back in time and follow the tracks of the 1880 Steam Train. You head back toward Rapid City on other back roads. It’s less touristy and you enjoy great views, interesting living styles, and great scenery. There are lots of things to talk about with your car partner! This guided tour is about 115 miles on Thursday and only costs $10 to register.Screen shot 2015-07-28 at 9.31.39 AM

 

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Sheridan Lake

 

 

Tour the Northern Hills

See the beauty of the Northern Black Hills on this scenic tour. Twisty two-lane roads take you through the two prettiest and best-known canyons in the area. The drive down Vanocker Canyon has been written up in a variety of magazines. Spearfish Canyon is likely to be at its peak with fall colors highlighting waterfalls and 1000 foot cliffs. This tour takes most of a day and includes lunch at the Latchstring Restaurant in the middle of Spearfish Canyon. Enjoy driving, enjoy awesome scenery and eat well. When you register, choose one of these for lunch for onlScreen shot 2015-07-28 at 9.33.33 AMy $25:

Buffalo Stew
Blackened Trout Sandwich
Black Hills Chicken Caesar Salad
Flatbread with mozzarella, basil, tomato and pesto

 

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Latchstring Restaurant

 

 

Visit Black Hills Gold Jewelry Factory

On this in-town tour you watch the development and finishing of very detailed jewelry with teams creating handmade pieces. You see very unusual development trees in the process and see diamonds being shaped. This tour is available 3 times each day on Thursday and Friday. It lasts about an hour and is only 7 minutes away from ESCAPE headquarters. It doesn’t cost you anything to go and 20 people each tour will find it unusual and enjoyable. It will be popular so it’s best to sign up when you register.Screen shot 2015-07-28 at 9.36.03 AM

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Black Hills Jewelry Factory Tree

 

 

Visit Deadwood

Deadwood is a great tourist town with a colorful wild and woolly past and the history of Wild Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane, and Poker Jane. Today the gaming halls continue and provide gambling and hours of entertainment.

Deadwood has Oktoberfest the weekend of ESCAPE. An organized visit to Deadwood isn’t currently planned. Their schedule isn’t available yet and parking can always provide challenges. More information is available closer to October. A bus can be scheduled for 40 or more people for about $15 per person paid at the time of boarding if there’s enough interest at the ESCAPE.

 

 

Visit the Badlands and/or Devils Tower

You find these nationally recognized natural sights in opposite directions east and west of the Black Hills. Both tours are self-guided to national parks. Porsche drivers can make the drives independently or voluntary groups can enjoy driving together. Both national parks have an entry fee. Going west, the Devils Tower entry fee is $10 per car. Going east, the Badlands park pass is $15 per car. However, if you’re 62 or older and don’t have a Senior Pass already you can buy a permanent pass for $10 if you’re carrying documentation of age and residency or citizenship. You learn more about this at https://store.usgs.gov/pass/senior.html

 

 

Badlands

This self-guided tour to the east visits 244,000 acres of land with 64,144 acres of wilderness. The Badland Loop Road goes through spectacular beauty in geological history. Rocks show the essence of natural changes and wonderful beauty in colors, particularly at sunrise and sunset. Going east on south Highway 44, the two-lane road takes you through typical ranch Screen shot 2015-07-28 at 9.38.04 AMcountry and is a pretty straight road. If you’re heading back to Rapid City on I90 you might want to stop at Wall Drug, the frequently seen advertiser of 5 cent coffee and homemade donuts on billboards throughout the country. There are several places for lunch and you’ll find a big variety of mementoes to see and buy. On this round trip, you drive about 170 miles.

 

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Devils Tower

Screen shot 2015-07-28 at 9.38.27 AMHeading west into Wyoming, you can see Devils Tower projecting from the rolling prairie shortly after you drive through the beautiful Belle Fourche River Valley. This tower was proclaimed the nation’s first national monument by Mount Rushmore’s Theodore Roosevelt in 1906 and is about 110 miles from Rapid City.

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