"Faces in the rock" Top 5 Page for this destination Mount Rushmore National Memorial by toonsarah
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As a non-US citizen I found it interesting to see not only the monument itself but also how much it meant to the US visitors. For me it was simply an impressive undertaking and a memorial to some great figures of the past, whereas to an American it is so evidently symbolic of everything that most moves them about their country.
The figures of the four US Presidents (George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, Abraham Lincoln) are carved from the granite mountain side and dominate the surrounding landscape just as their creator, Gutzon Borglum, must have envisaged them doing. Started in 1927 they took 14 years to complete.
In front of the monument is the Avenue of Flags, 56 flags representing the fifty states, one district, three territories, and two commonwealths of the United States of America.
You shouldn’t visit Mount Rushmore in my view without also making time for a visit to another remarkable undertaking in rock-carving, the work-in-progress that is Crazy Horse, 17 miles to the south west. I think it's a shame that VT doesn't recognise Crazy Horse as a destination in its own right, but never mind - I've included some tips on it here in the Off the Beaten Path" section".
- Pros:An awe-inspiring undertaking
- Cons:Rather crowded and car-parking is expensive
- In a nutshell:Whatever you do, don't miss seeing Crazy Horse too!
The Indian Museum of North America at Crazy Horse is also worth devoting some time to. It has a comprehensive... more travel advice
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