Retreat To South Dakota's Black Hills For The Long Labor Day Holiday

Top Quote Austin-Lehman Adventures' Six-Day Bicycling Trip into South Dakota's Black Hills Explores America's Great "Home on the Range" Wonders. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) July 12, 2010 - Billings, MT - Home to Bison, Crazy Horse, Mount Rushmore and the outlaw town of Deadwood, the Black Hills of South Dakota have long played an important role in American history. Now bicyclists, history buffs and outdoor enthusiasts can discover the wonders of the Great Plains while exploring one of the country's best "Rails to Trails" pathways with the six-day, five-night Austin-Lehman Adventure's Black Hills Biking Adventure, September 5 - 10, 2010.

    This all-American adventure begins in Sturgis, home of the World's Largest Motorcycle Rally and the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum and Hall of Fame, and then heads to the outlaw town of Deadwood, where Wild Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane, Wyatt Earp and Buffalo Bill once saddled up. Guests continue on to the 119-mile long Mickelson Trail where peddlers will follow the historic Edgemont Burlington Northern Rail Line, which served gold country for nearly a century.

    The Mickelson Trail was named one of the top 25 most memorable and influential rail-trails by the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC), the nonprofit group that promotes transforming abandoned railroad lines into recreation trails. "The route takes us south through the heart of the Black Hills," explains Dan Austin, ALA's co-founder and director. "Following easy grades and gently rolling terrain, we will cross over more than 100 historic railroad bridges and pass through four rock tunnels."

    Guests bike 15 to 50 miles per day, with a day spent hiking the base of Mount Rushmore and viewing Crazy Horse monument; cycling the wildlife loop, where sightings of bison, pronghorns, elk, white tail, mule deer, bighorn sheep and coyotes are rampant; and visit Wind Cave National Park, which features an underground world 80-plus miles of passages that intertwine in a complex, three-dimensional maze.

    The Labor Day Black Hills trip (Sept 5-10) is priced all-inclusive at $1998 per person, double occupancy ($580 single supplement). Packages begin and end in Rapid City. Additional Black Hills trip dates are September 12-17 and September 19-24, 2010. Pricing includes nights in a series of distinctive lodges and inns, all meals, ground transportation and guides; bikes and equipment are provided. Go to: _hills_bike/79.php

    For further information on Austin-Lehman Adventures' biking vacations, or to book the Black Hills adventure, contact Austin-Lehman Adventures at 1-800-575-1540 or visit

    About Austin-Lehman Adventures
    Ranked number one as the "World's Best Tour Operator" in 2009 by readers of Travel + Leisure magazine, Austin-Lehman Adventures, with a 35-year legacy, provides adventure vacations on four continents. ALA has built an international reputation for small group active travel to destinations in North, Central and South America, Europe and Africa. The company specializes in adult and family multi-sport, hiking, biking vacations that emphasize history, culture, and geography's natural beauty. Trips are limited to 12 guests (18 on family departures) and feature excellent regional dining, distinctive accommodations and all-inclusive rates and services. In addition to scheduled group departures, ALA offers customized trip planning. ALA offers each traveler a money back satisfaction guarantee.

    Contact: Rebecca Werner, 312-440-3075
    Werner Public Relations, Inc.
    Rebecca ( @ ) wernerpr dot com

    Dan Austin, 800-575-1540
    pr ( @ ) austinlehman dot com

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