"Presidential Trail" Top 5 Page for this destination Mount Rushmore National Memorial Things to Do Tip by toonsarah

  Washington from the Presidential Trail
by toonsarah

Although you can get a great view of the monument without going beyond the main viewing area, a walk on this ½ mile loop path will take you much closer. If you set off from the left hand side of the Grand View Terrace (as you face the mountain) you’ll find that the first part, which takes you to the base of the mountain below the face of George Washington, is flat - but beyond that there are a quite a lot of steps so this isn’t suitable for anyone with walking difficulties. This second part leads you below the other three faces and back to the terrace via the Sculptor’s Studio.

Directions: This is signposted from the terrace (although we managed to miss it and ended up in the museum the first time we tried!)
Website: http://www.nps.gov/moru/index.htm

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  • Written Nov 26, 2006
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