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 regardless of whether you are attending the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally or not. With our presidents, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln, the massive 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 will 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.
A nice surprise, as we were leaving, your road out will provide you with a profile view as well of George Washington.
In 2012, I did go inside the park. There is a cafeteria inside where I enjoyed my first bison burger with a cold Heineken, with a nice view of Mount Rushmore.