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Horse-drawn carriage tour of Cheyenne

One of the most relaxing and scenic ways to explore the quaint city of Cheyenne is by taking a free horse-drawn carriage tour. You will see beautiful and unique sites like the historic Cheyenne Depot Museum and the luxurious Nagle Warren Mansion B&B. The carriage driver will provide narration about the different historical sites and buildings you pass on the ride, allowing you to gain a deeper insight into Cheyenne’s rich history. These tours are the ideal summer activity as they run every day from 11am-5pm in June, July and August, and Wednesday-Sunday in May and September.

Pioneer experience of ‘Little House on the Prairie’

For a pioneer experience, head to Ingalls Homestead where famous author of ‘Little Town on the Prairie’ Laura Ingalls Wilder grew up. The whole family will enjoy the various activities here including demonstrations of twisting hay sticks and making a jump rope and a corn cob doll. Kids will love visiting the farm animals and many guests’ highlight of the trip is the chance to drive the team of horses when taking a covered wagon ride! There is also the opportunity for children to visit the schoolhouse and wear pinafores and bonnets or straw hats while a teacher explains interesting stories and example activities students would have performed. You can even camp here for the night in the covered wagons, bunkhouse, RV and tent sites.

Haunted Fort

Held in Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park which is considered one of the scariest places in North Dakota, Haunted Fort will provide you with an exhilarating night! Abraham Lincoln’s buildings are transformed into terrifying haunted houses each Friday and Saturday night in October. Actors at Haunted Custer House, Zombie Battlefield, and Clown House combine eerie effects with in-your-face-scares that will leave you scared. For children under 13, there is a Haunted Fort Halloween Kids’ Bash on October 21 that consists of five hours of fun games and spooky tours of Custer House led by Custer’s dead butler.

Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park.

Crow Fair Powwow and Rodeo

If you’re going to be in Montana in August, make sure you don’t miss the Crow Fair Powwow and Rodeo which is one of the biggest rodeos in the United States. Held on August 14-19 in Billings, the Apsaalooke people of the Crow Indian Reservation showcase exquisite cultural activities like the powwow where hundreds of dancers dressed in colourful, traditional Native American regalia compete in contests where they dance in time to the drum. The Apsaalooke people showcase traditional beadwork, buckskin and leather work, and hold a morning parade with horse riding and elaborately decorated cars. This event also includes an All-Indian rodeo with professional cowboys and cowgirls riding from all around the United States in addition to the much-loved Indian-Relay horse races. The celebration ends with a ‘Dance-Through-Camp’ which is meant as a prayer for good things for the Crow Tribe and for the coming year.

Red Horse Mountain Ranch

Red Horse Mountain Ranch in Harrison is a great place to go on a holiday to authentically experience the Great American West. You will be paired with a horse for your stay so that you can ride on the extensive scenic trails with pastures, open hillsides, ridges and narrow paths every day, led by a knowledgeable wrangler. There are many other exciting adventures available including rock climbing and ziplining at the Challenge Course, mountain biking, kayaking and fishing for bass, crappie, trout, and perch. This is an ideal destination for families as there is a Kids Program where children will learn to horse ride, kayak, and go bike riding! You are sure to have a comfortable stay here in one of their 20 suites with cosy bedding, authentic log furniture, and private decks to look out at the breathtaking forest views.

Jackson Hole Old West Days

Jackson Hole Old West Days is an annual event which will be held on May 23-27 this year and features live music, theatrical entertainment, and rodeo events. You can go on horse-drawn carriage stage coach rides, compete in bow and arrow and hawk and knife competitions, go on a free historical walking tour of Jackson, and even watch a re-enactment of a shootout in the town square! This event is perfect for families as there are arts and crafts for kids, line dancers, country western music, and cowboy poetry. Have a chuckwagon dinner with cowboy entertainment at the nationally acclaimed Bar J Wranglers.

Mickelson Trail

Located in the heart of the Black Hills, the famous Mickelson Trail stretches from Deadwood to Edgemont is one of the best places to go for a bike ride, hike, or horse ride in North America. This 109-mile trail will take you past spruce and ponderosa pine forests and contains four rock tunnels and more than 100 converted railroad bridges. The trail has gentle slopes making it the ideal place for a family bike ride as children can ride this trail too. If you’re looking for accommodation nearby, stay at Quality Inn Hill City Mount Rushmore which is located directly in front of the Mickelson trail. This hotel even has a room dedicated for guests to store their bicycles in, in addition to an indoor heated pool, free Wi-Fi, and a free hot breakfast.

United Tribes International Powwow

If you’re looking for an entertaining day with colour and movement, then head to the United Tribes Technical College International Powwow held in the Lone Star Arena at United Tribes Technical College in Bismarck. This year marks the 50th anniversary of this powwow and will be held on September 6-8. Dancers and singers dressed in unique cultural regalia will wow audiences as they perform while keeping in time with the drum. This annual celebration is sure to keep you entertained as it showcases over 1500 dancers and drummers from across the United States and Canada that represent over 70 tribes. You can even buy traditional arts and crafts from over 40 Native American artists selling their work at the powwow including handcrafted jewellery, war shields, rugs, woven baskets, and pottery.

The Montana Folk Festival

The Montana Folk Festival is an unmissable free event held on July 12-14 in Butte with more than 300 performers, artists and food vendors. The festival is held on six stages underneath many of Butte’s iconic headframes which are remnants from its mining days and has views overlooking Silver Bow Valley. Stages include a dance pavilion for everyone to dance, a family stage with performances for children, and a Montana folklife stage. 2019 is set to be a fantastic year with performances from dynamic tap dancer Jason Samuels Smith, Western swing singer Carolyn Martin, reggae musician group Taj Weekes and Adowa, and energetic bluegrass band David Davis and the Warrior River Boys. There will also be traditional artists with unique craft stalls, as well as many food vendors serving ethnic food that represents a range of different cultures in the region.

Warhawk Air Museum’s 17th Annual Warbird Roundup

Visit the Warhawk Air Museum to learn more about World War I, World War II, and the Cold War Era through their unique collection of equipment and airplanes including two rare Curtiss P-40 World War II fighter planes. If you love history, then why not attend the 17th Annual Warbird Roundup which is a yearly gathering of famous WWII airplanes at the museum. These historic planes will be flown around in front of you and are sure to wow both adults and children. Additionally, Col. Clarence E (Bud) Anderson and Steven Hinton will give insightful presentations where they will provide interesting information about flying these rare planes. This year the event will be held on August 24-25 from 9am to 4pm.