This year, Mount Rushmore National Memorial turns 75! The memorial, a symbol of American freedom, is a must-see and a great reason to visit South Dakota.
The iconic memorial that has the faces of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln is located in the Black Hills of South Dakota (SD). At the time of my visit, I was living in Denver, Colorado. I wanted to spend a weekend away and SD was a perfect destination since it was only a few hours away. I packed up Betsy and started the five and a half hour drive. The trip up to SD went smoothly (unlike the road trip from hell I would have just two months later) and I got to see some picturesque scenery as well as my first wild buffalo.
After spending the night in a small motel in Hot Springs, we arrived at Mount Rushmore at around 8 a.m. What’s really cool is that you can start to see George Washington as you drive up the road to the memorial.
Even though we were there early, there were already a few people walking around inside. It never felt crowded though. We walked straight through the Avenue of Flags (which represents all 56 U.S. states and territories) and on to the Grand View Terrace.
There are also some trails that you can walk on to get different angles of the monument. Oh, and as much as I looked, I did not see either Nicolas Cage or any sign of The Lost City of Gold…
After we got our fill with the four presidents, we stepped into the small museum which explains how and why the memorial was built. We learned a lot of interesting things and thought we’d share some of our favorites…
10 Facts You Might Not Know About Mount Rushmore
We thought visiting the monument was really cool and would encourage anyone in the area to do so as well. If you are planning a trip, here are a few helpful tips:
Oh, and just a quick side note… The National Park Service is also celebrating a birthday! It turned 100 on August 25, 2016. They are celebrating all year long so make sure you get out there and #findyourpark.
13000 SD-244, Keystone, SD 57751
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