The first time I rode up to Mount Rushmore in 2012, my eyes filled with tears. I had wanted to visit Mount Rushmore since I was a child and when I rounded a turn and saw it for the first time, it was hard to control my emotions. Mount Rushmore was well worth the wait.
Mount Rushmore has to be on your list of places to visit. With our presidents, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln, the sculpture measures sixty feet high and while the intentions were to have the presidents honored from the waist up, lack of funding prevented further construction. Since 1966, Mount Rushmore has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has been South Dakota’s top tourist attraction. Getting there like every place in South Dakota and Wyoming is easy.
To visit Mount Rushmore, you don’t have to go inside the park and pay the admission fee to get in. There are sections of the road leading in that you can take great pictures with the Presidents in the background. Of course, during busy weeks such as Sturgis, there will be plenty of cars and motorcycles that beat you to the punch. If you go through the admission gate, you can say you are just passing through and just get a quick peek at the President’s as you ride through. Even when you pull out of the parking lot, you can still take good pics. In addition, once you leave the park, you will get a profile view as well.
In 2012, I did go inside the park. There is a cafeteria if you want lunch. That is where I had my first bison burger and a cold Heineken.