While driving cross country we figured that Mount Rushmore would be a nice stop. It is something I've always been curious to see, and it seemed like the type of area nobody would ever fly to just to see one attraction but would be great for a road trip. We figured that it would be an enjoyable stop but had no idea just how incredible it really was. Before arriving to Mount Rushmore, there is an hour + long drive through the woods and mountains, which was very beautiful itself. We visited in the middle of winter and the mixture of the white snow with the dark terrain was quite a sight. As you continue driving through the mountains, all of a sudden Mount Rushmore shows up out of nowhere. That first sight of it is very exciting, an enormous man made work of art in the middle of all of this natural beauty. I was surprised to see how much it blended in with it's surroundings rather than sticking out like a sore thumb.
After we paid for parking (I don't recall the exact amount but I believe it was around $20), we found a space, (not difficult consider it was 5 degrees below zero and the place was empty), and made our way up the stairs and down the path past all of the US state flags.
As you approach Mount Rushmore, it truly is an amazing experience. I had always scoffed at those who said they had tears in their eyes when they visited this iconic landmark. While I did not have tears in my eyes I was very surprised just how incredible I found it. As cliche as it sounds, pictures do Mount Rushmore absolutely no justice compared to seeing it is person. I fully intend on visiting again and suggest that everybody make an attempt to see this majestic sight in person, it is more than words and pictures can ever convey.
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