I’ll be honest, I wasn’t expecting much from Mt. Rushmore. I thought it would be cheesy, crowded, full of RVs (turns out, I was right about the RVs!), but it was actually pretty fun.
Jeremy and I went in the middle of the day on a Tuesday, so that probably helped with the crowds, but I never felt rushed and the entire park was very clean.
I initially thought the faces seemed smaller in person! But we took the trail around the monument, and stopped at the Sculpter’s Studio where there are pictures of workers cleaning the faces and they are so tiny compared to the scultpture. I wish I had that photo to show you guys, but it was one man hanging to clean the faces and he barely filled up half of George’s eye!
Speaking of the trail around the monument, that’s the best way to see it, I think. It’s fun to glimpse the faces of some of America’s great men (George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt) through the trees and see the monument from different angles. Plus, there’s plaques with information about each of the 4 men.
The only thing I’d say is that I wish there were more info about each one. For all they accoplished, each were complex and complicated in their own ways and deserved much more than a couple of sentences.
Two of my favorite things were the rows of state flags when you first enter the monument:
And the mountain goat we spotted on the way out. Isn’t he so cute?!
So long South Dakota! 👋