Day 1

From Denver, Colorado, travel north into South Dakota via Cheyenne, Wyoming, on Highways 85 and 18. Stop in Hot Springs and visit The Mammoth Site, a horse sanctuary and a natural, warm water spring-fed pool. Overnight in Hot Springs.

Day 2

Complete your tour of Hot Springs in the morning, and then drive north on Highway 87 through Wind Cave National Park to Custer State Park. Jeep tours to see free-roaming buffalo are a unique way to explore Custer State Park, one of the largest state parks in America.

Move on to Crazy Horse Memorial, where a fifth granite face has emerged in the Black Hills. While at the Crazy Horse complex, visit the Indian Museum of North America. Overnight in Custer.

Day 3

From Custer, take Highway 16 west to Jewel Cave National Monument, the second-longest cave in the world, named for the jewel-like calcite crystals that line its passages.

Head east back to Custer and on to America’s Shrine of Democracy, Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

On the way to Rapid City, via Highway 16, evening meals and entertainment can include dinner in Keystone, a chuckwagon supper and show, or the Mount Rushmore lighting ceremony. Rapid City's choices of attractions include a drive-through wildlife park, a road-side stop featuring one of the world's largest collections of reptiles, Black Hills Gold jewelry manufacturing and Native American attractions. Overnight in Rapid City.

Day 4

Depart Rapid City via Highway 44 to Badlands National Park. 244,000 acres (97,600 ha) of eerie, haunting topography. After leaving the park, stop at a world-famous drug store in Wall.

Continue on Interstate 90 west to Sturgis, where a side trip might include a visit to Bear Butte State Park.

From Sturgis, take Highway 14A to Deadwood. There, visitors can walk the streets made famous by Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane, take a historic tour or test their luck at one of the gaming parlors offering slots, Blackjack and poker. Overnight in Deadwood.

Day 5

Depart Deadwood for scenic Spearfish Canyon, one of the film locations for the movie “Dances With Wolves.”

Then travel on Interstate 90 to Wyoming. Once in Wyoming, head for Devils Tower National Monument, featured in the film "Close Encounters of the Third Kind." Tour through the Big Horn Mountains and continue on to the town of Cody, founded by Buffalo Bill. Tour Cody's Trail Town Historic Site and the Buffalo Bill Historical Center. There is a nightly rodeo in Cody throughout the summer. Overnight in Cody.

Day 6

An early morning departure for Yellowstone National Park. Tour Yellowstone Lake, the Grand Canyon of the Park with the Upper Falls and Fountain Paint Pots. Stop at Old Faithful, the world’s most famous geyser. Overnight in Yellowstone.

Day 7

Tour Yellowstone National Park, then depart mid-afternoon for Jackson and drive through Grand Teton National Park. Overnight in Jackson.

Day 8

An exciting day that includes touring in Jackson, Teton Village and Grand Teton National Park. Overnight in Jackson.

Next Up: US Highway 212 (The Prairie Highway)