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APR 2017

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4 0 GROUP TRAVEL LE ADER T H E R A P I D C I T Y , S O U T H D A K O T A Rapid City, in western South Dakota, sits in the center of Sioux culture, as well as among some of the most iconic attractions in the nation. Natural wonders like the Black Hills and the Badlands, and the man-made masterpiece the Crazy Horse Monument, are all an easy trip from Rapid City. For groups spending some time in town, the Prairie Edge Trading Company in downtown is a great place to stop and look for a unique Native American souvenir. The shop includes gallery space with stunning works of art upstairs and shopping downstairs. Travelers can bring home sweetgrass braids, a Pendleton blanket or jewelry created by Native American artisans. Another popular stop is the Journey Museum, which tells the geological and cultural history of the Black Hills, from the rocks and formations that make up the landscape to the people who have called it home. TOP: BADLANDS NATIONAL PARK BOTTOM: POW WOW DANCERS The Pine Ridge Reservation, an up-and-coming destination a short distance from Rapid City, is beginning to appear on itineraries. Groups may be interested in seeing historic sites such as Wounded Knee, the site of the 1890 massacre and the 1973 protest that is part of the Oglala Lakota reservation lands. Also on the reservation is the Heritage Center at the Red Cloud Indian School, a museum and cultural center that celebrates Lakota culture and Native American art. W W W.V I S I T R A PI D C I T Y.C OM Courtesy Rapid City CVB Courtesy Rapid City CVB Courtesy Visit Cherokee Courtesy Visit Cherokee TOP: A DEMONSTRATION AT THE OCONALUFTEE INDIAN VILLAGE BOTTOM: A CARVED, WOODEN BEAR Must be 21 or older to enter casino floor and to gamble, and must present a valid state or federal photo ID upon request. Know When To Stop Before You Start.® Gambling Problem? Call 1-800-522-4700. An Enterprise of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. ©2017, Caesars License Company, LLC. CHEROKEE, NC MURPHY, NC T W O C A S I N O S T W ICE THE FUN THE PERFECT GETAWAY FOR YOUR GROUP Enjoy over 1,000 slots, 70 table games, and a 300-room hotel tower at the gambler's paradise of Harrah's Cherokee Valley River Casino & Hotel in Murphy, NC. And from over 3,700 games and 1,108 hotel rooms to dining and shopping, Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort offers it all in Cherokee, NC. Choose your perfect getaway. For more information on incentives for you and your group or to book your group, call toll free 1-877-778-8138 or email bwebb@cherokee.harrahs.com.

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