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Bella Vida planning South Dakota trip in August

Bella Vida is planning a trip for seniors to South Dakota in Auguts.

The Bella Vida senior center is planning to take seniors across the country through the historical and natural landmarks of South Dakota from Aug. 16 to 22.

The tour was organized by trips and tours coordinator and volunteer Annee Sohikian through Collette Vacations, a travel agency. Sohikian said the trip to South Dakota, among other trips, was initially planned last year. She recently worked with Collette to plan for similar trips for 2020. Recent extended trip destinations have included New Orleans and Iceland.

“We do have international and national trips, like this, as a group travel opportunity,” she said. “Most of what we do are day trips, so we had a bus that left for Las Vegas and Zion National Park.”

This particular trip to South Dakota was one of several options, all of which are geared toward older adults, she said. Along the way, travelers will tour through Rapid City and the Black Hills, then visit Mount Rushmore, the yet-to-be-completed Crazy Horse Memorial, Badlands National Park, Devils Tower National Monument, Custer State Park and Deadwood.

“As an American, (South Dakota’s) one of those patriotic places to go,” Sohikian said.

Eight of the 10 spots for this trip have already been taken by senior center visitors, she said, though there is a chance the two remaining spots will soon be open to nonseniors.

The cost for solo travelers will be $2,899. A party of two will cost $2,299 per person, while a group of three will cost $2,269. Round-trip travel from Los Angeles International Airport, air taxes and fees or surcharges, as well as transfers are all included with ticket prices.

Travelers will be staying at the Hilton Garden Inn in Rapid City. Breakfast or dinner are included for each tour, and both are included on the fourth and sixth days.
To purchase tickets, visit, or contact Annee Sohikian at 661-259-9444 or [email protected] for more information.

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