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.
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