We actually got a bigger kick out of getting here than seeing it. The drive was brilliant, exciting, beautiful and full of wow, gosh, look-at-that, stop-a-moment etc.
Mt Rushmore, in fact I would go so far as to say, we found a bit of an anticlimax and were disappointed. Its big, impressive, cleverly designed (crafted/sculpted), took a lot of hard work, cost a fortune (in those days) and it was done a long-time ago, yet it still lacked the wow-factor.
We just did not expect a multi-storey Car Park and a huge Coach Park, an amphitheater and a concrete concourse - thoroughly 'OTT'.
Being mobbed by Tourists did not help (and we were told it was quite quiet that day (in mid-May).
Xanterra's run the Souvenir Shop - enough said.
It is worth visiting, but we felt more down to the place in history (of those depicted), symbolism, & craftmanship. Very photogenic, but one did need to exercise patience to get a shot without the hordes in the background, foreground and to every side. They really took all the potential serenity from the place and mangled i.t
Maybe, if we had children in tow, it would have been different, but we didn't and it wasn't
We have heard of folks that said they could have stayed all day, they were that enthralled. We managed about an hour and found that plenty. Plus ca change.
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