Legendary North Dakota

August 12, 2017 - August 19, 2017

Many American icons hail from North Dakota,  some on their way to destiny, like George Armstrong Custer; some who changed history like Lewis & Clark and Sacagawea; and at least one of whom claimed he would never have been President if it hadn’t been for the time he spent in western Dakota (our 26th President, Theodore Roosevelt). This seven-day program offers hospitality, diversity and American history in one affordable package.

Begins and ends in Fargo, ND

Included in Fees: 6 nights’ lodging, deluxe motorcoach, professional tour director/historian, 4 evening meals, 1 luncheon, 8 breakfasts, park entrance fees, admission fees as noted, airport transfers, group photo, baggage handling (1 bag per pax)

$1546 double occupancy | $2024 single occupancy

Tour highlights:

  • Hjemkomst Center / Viking ship reproduction
  • National Buffalo Museum
  • Buffalo herd with three genuine white buffalo
  • Missouri-Yellowstone Confluence Interpretive Center
  • Fort Union Trading Post
  • Medora Musical
  • Pitchfork fondue
  • Theodore Roosevelt National Park
  • Knife River Indian Villages
  • Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center
  • Fort Mandan
  • Fort Abraham Lincoln
  • Custer House interpretive tour
  • North Dakota Heritage Center
  • Missouri River dinner cruise

Tour Itinerary:

Day # 1 – Arrivals – Fargo

Welcome to Legendary North Dakota! You will be met today at the Fargo, ND airport and transported to our hotel. Our journey begins at the Sons of Norway lodge – the largest in the world – for some authentic Norwegian fare and entertainment (yah, sure!). Overnight in Fargo. (D)

Day # 2 – Hjemkomst Center / National Buffalo Museum

This morning we’ll visit the Hjemkomst Center, which houses the 76-foot, hand-built Viking ship, Hjemkomst. In 1982 Robert Asp sailed this very ship 6,000 miles to Norway, the land of his ancestors. Also at the center you’ll tour an exact replica of a Norwegian Stav Kirke.  Next we head west for Jamestown, ND where we will visit the Frontier Village & National Buffalo Museum.  In addition to a live buffalo herd containing not one but three albino buffalo, we’ll learn how the bison helped shape the West.  Stroll through Frontier Village along boardwalks and see a preserved bit of the Old West in this recreated and restored authentic pioneer town.  View a jail, post office, barber shop, and Louis L’Amour‘s cabin complete with his original writing desk.  Overnight:  Bismarck.  (B)

Day #3 – Fort Abraham Lincoln / North Dakota Heritage Center

Fort Abraham Lincoln was Lt. Col. G.A. Custer’s last assignment before riding off into history.  The Custer home and many of the post’s original buildings have been painstakingly reconstructed here.  We’ll tour the rebuilt Custer House and learn what life was like at a remote frontier army post.  This afternoon we’ll tour the excellent North Dakota Heritage Center and have our group photo taken at the Sacagawea statue.  Overnight again in Bismarck.  (B)

Day # 4 – Knife River Indian Villages

This morning we’ll travel to the only park in the National Park System commemorating the Plains Indian: Knife River Indian Villages. It was here that Lewis & Clark first met Sacagawea, who played such a pivotal role in their expedition to the western sea. The outstanding interpretive center and model earth lodge shed light on the people who continually inhabited this site for as long as 500-600 years ago to 1845.  As we travel westward, we’ll visit one of the newer interpretive centers along the Lewis & Clark Trail, the Missouri-Yellowstone Confluence Interpretive Center, which tells the story of the confluence of these two mighty rivers, as well as provides the same magnificent view that the Lewis & Clark Expedition members enjoyed when they passed this way in 1805 and 1806.  Overnight:  Williston, ND. (B)

Day # 5 – Fur Trade Era

This morning we’ll tour nearby Fort Union, the beautifully restored fur trading post established by John Jacob Astor’s American Fur Company in 1822. Now a National Historic Site, this fort was the most important fur trading post on the Missouri River between 1822 and 1867. From the fur trade to cattle ranching, our next stop is Medora, where Teddy Roosevelt formulated many of his conservation ideas and rugged personal qualities. We’ll take in a performance of the one-man salute to Theodore Roosevelt, cap the day with a unique pitchfork fondue and  the much-acclaimed Medora Musical. Overnight at the new Rough Rider Hotel in Medora. (B, D)

Day # 6 – Teddy Roosevelt’s Dakota

This morning we’ll visit the national park named for the “bully” president (Theodore Roosevelt National Park)  and tour his cabin home. The afternoon is free to explore the tiny western town of Medora with its numerous shops and museums, including the North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame. Other options include golfing, swimming or horseback riding. Tonight’s supper is an old-fashioned western cookout . Overnight again in Medora. (B,D)

Day # 7 – Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center / Fort Mandan

Today we’ll return to Bismarck where we’ll visit the site where the Corps of Discovery wintered under the watchful eyes of the Mandan and Hidatsa. We’ll tour the Fort Mandan replica and the expanded Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center which features fascinating interactive displays highlighting the Lewis & Clark Expedition in North Dakota.  We’ll cap this wonderful day in Legendary North Dakota with a delightful dinner cruise on the Lewis & Clark Riverboat as the sun sets over the Missouri River.  Overnight: Bismarck. (B,D)

Day # 8 – Farewells

Our exploration of North Dakota’s legends is nearly over. Today we’ll reflect on the influence of these legends had on America’s history as we return to Fargo for afternoon departures. Airport transfers included. (B)

Participant Comments

  • “The best motorcoach tour I have ever taken!”-

    - Luella Crow, San Diego, CA
  • “The tour program far exceeded my expectation. I would definitely take another Shebby Lee tour again.”

    - Bob Clark, Damascus, MD
  • “[The brochure] understated the tour, which exceeded my most optimistic expectations. Well Done.”

    - Bruce Van Heertum, Peachtree City, GA

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