"Mt. Rushmore" South Dakota Things to Do Tip by tarced

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  Awe inspiring
by tarced

If you've never seen Mt. Rushmore, your first view of it is awe-inspiring. As you drive toward the entrance, you will first catch of glimpse of it through the trees (which is pretty exciting), but it's when you walk through the entrance that you begin to understand the enormity of the accomplishment. As you walk along the entranceway, tribute is paid to each state on part of a column and with its flag. In the auditorium, a movie is shown every 15 minutes or so showing how they built this great tribute. The film itself lasts for around 10 minutes and is well worth your time. While we were there, one of the men who worked on the monument was there speaking to people. He was very kind and shook each of our children's hands. Interestingly enough, he donated the funds for the wall listing everyone who worked on creating this monument. If you have the time, be sure to take the president's walk; it is mildly strenuous due to the amount of steps, but is well worth it. Information about each of the presidents on the monument can be found throughout the walk and ranger guides also give informative tours along the walkway. You can find out when the next guided tour is by asking in the auditorium's gift shop.

Address: Near Keystone

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Jan 13, 2006
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