Don your cowboy boots and saddle up! 2015 is set to be a big year for the Real America States of Montana, South Dakota, North Dakota and Wyoming. From Statehoods and National Park anniversaries to the celebration of long-standing American events – this year there is plenty to see and enjoy.
The Curtain Rises Again – Medora Musical Celebrates 50th Anniversary, North Dakota
Sit yourself down and enjoy a rootin’ tootin’, uniquely North Dakota show – Medora Musical in Medora will be celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.
One of the longest playing shows anywhere in the world, this high energy, family friendly show is the epitome of country fun, and should not be missed.
Performed at the Burning Hills Amphitheatre, a 2,900 seat outdoor theatre that overlooks the quaint Little Missouri Valley, with the stunning view of the North Dakota badlands as the stage’s backdrop, the Medora Musical has been named as the ‘Greatest show in the West’ for good reason.
Singing and dancing their way through 5 June – 12 September, Medora favourites such as the Burning Hills singers and the Coal Diggers are just a couple of the memorable performers that will entertain audiences well into the night. Audiences will thrill to live bands and nationally renowned entertainment, including gospel tributes, comedy acts, and even live horses on stage!
For more information, visit www.medora.com
Rev Up for Sturgis Motorcycle Rally’s 75th Anniversary, South Dakota
Adrenaline junkies will love celebrating the 75th Anniversary of Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.
Renowned as ‘America’s biggest party’, the event will host big name bands, but it is best loved for its adrenaline-fuelled motorcycle racing. This energetic motorcycle rally takes riders through the stunning Black Hills, with up-close views of National Monuments and striking backdrops from Deadwood to Custer State Park.
Sturgis Motorcycle Rally takes place from 3-9 August, with more than 500,000 motorcycle enthusiasts revving up their engines for the motorcycling event of the year.
For more information, visit www.sturgismotorcyclerally.com
Join the herd at the 50th Buffalo Roundup, South Dakota
An unforgettable slice of the Real America! Get up-close to majestic bison in their natural habitat at the annual Buffalo Roundup in South Dakota, taking place on 25 September.
Spectators will feel the thunder of hooves as approximately 1,300 bison race past, gaining a fantastic view of the animals in the spectacular surroundings of the 71,000 acre Custer State Park.
Watch as cowboys group the buffalo into the corrals, ready for sorting, branding and treating – a landmark event in the South Dakota calendar.
For more information, visit www.travelsd.com/Events/Buffalo-Roundup
Glacier National Park gears up for National Park Service 100th anniversary with unique accommodation, Montana
With the big 100th anniversary of the National Park Service next year, travellers will be looking for accommodation that’s just as unforgettable.
Enter ‘Glacier Under Canvas’. Offering guests the opportunity to stay in canvas tents, this new accommodation is available in a variety of styles, including Deluxe, Tipi, Safari and the adventurous Tree House.
Ranging from $95 to $425 a night, these innovative lodging tents will be the perfect place for visitors to enjoy comforts in the wild!
For more information, visit www.glacierundercanvas.com
Wyoming Celebrates 125th Anniversary of Statehood
Home to the beautiful, geothermal hotspot Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming will be celebrating its 125th anniversary as a State this year.
After overcoming low population troubles, Wyoming became the USA’s 44th State in 1890.
Wyoming is a stunning ecosystem of incredible views and equally amazing celebrations and events that entertain millions of visitors each year. Travellers can enjoy the cowboy lifestyle at the Cheyenne Frontier Days rodeo, the largest rodeo in the USA, or visit the museums at Cody, named after the famous cowboy Buffalo Bill Cody.
For unforgettable walks, views and wildlife, travellers can explore Yellowstone National Park. Boasting the highest level of geothermal activity in the world and the impressive Old Faithful geyser, this National Park is the ultimate choice for adventurers.
For more information, visit www.wyomingtourism.org