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“Strangely disappointing after the pictures and that film.”

Mount Rushmore National Memorial
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Mount Rushmore and More Tour
Ranked #1 of 25 things to do in Keystone
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Sculptor Gutzon Borglum created this famous mountainside carving of the visages of four great American presidents: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt.
Reviewed October 6, 2012

Somehow Mount Rushmore was strangely disappointing. I think in part it is because it looks exactly like the pictures, so there is no more to add when you look at it from the viewing terrace. And I don't think it would have looked more imposing from the optional trail. It is what it is, an amazing piece of work but nothing surprises or - for us - induced more awe or interest than the pictures. I must admit that it was Hitchcock's film "North By North West" that made us particularly want to see it but - perhaps because new grandiose archways and corridor of state flags has somewhat diminished the actual mounument - it lacked the hoped-for drama.

Thank BarrieLV
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Reviewed October 6, 2012

The story of this monumental art and construction work is uplifting. Whether there is agreement that natural landscape should be modified like this or not is beside the point. It is an honor to visit the monument and see the care that has been given to the grounds, exhibits and surrounding forest. This was the 5th time I have been here in 50 years and I enjoy the refreshment of being an American.

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Reviewed October 5, 2012

Visited Mt. Rushmore and Crazy Horse, not the jewelery factory, and all I can say is that any pictures taken, don't do justice for what you see, or feel when you are there. Is an experience that goes beyond your wildest imagination.
In addition to these two tourist attractions, also went through The Badlands and Sturgis, all in South Dakota. The Badlands is just another breathtaking experience. You can walk to your hearts contempt, and exalt yourself on fantastic out of this world views. Sturgis, if there's no festival going on, is pretty much a quiet little town.

Thank alrivera01
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Reviewed October 5, 2012

If you are in western South Dakota, in the Black Hills you really need to take some time to see Mount Rushmore, even if it just from the highway. This is an American icon, though steeped in controversy, due to the desecration of a native American sacred mountain. However, a native American is now in charge of the park and they are finally beginning to relate the Lakota, Dakota and Sioux history and experience to visitors.

The Black Hills were given to local tribes in the mid 1800s, until gold was discovered in the 1870s and the government took back some of the land. To heap insult on injury, a sculpture was brought in the 1920s to carve western and native American figures on the mountain, but chose instead to carve the president's. Regardless of what was carved, many native Americans are still very upset and don't believe any carving should be there. At one time the carver intended for a library to be carved into the granite behind the heads, but that never materialized.

Still, this is an American icon and shouldn't be missed! Walk around the trail and you just might run into a mountain goat!

There is no fee to enter, but there is an $11 parking fee.

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Reviewed October 4, 2012

What a delight. I got some really good pictures of the masterpiece. If you stay long enough they play outdoor movies of how the monument came to be made. Also, there are other shops and museums in the same vicinity that you can go to that are pretty cool. I recommend that everyone puts a trip to Mt. Rushmore on their bucket list.

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