4- 27 – 2017 Mt. Rushmore
After an unsuccessful attempt to see the monument the day before, we returned the next morning and were happy to see sunny skies! We took the fast route there from Hot Springs on the return trip. Enjoy the views on our drive from Hot Springs to Mt. Rushmore, it was one hour from there. It is located in Keystone. We arrived at 6:40 AM.
The Iron Mountain Road we took the day before led us to this historical marker about the designer of the monument.
The route up the other side from Custer was beautiful the next morning. We saw a mountain lake reflecting the blue sky, the trees flocked in snow.
We made it to the top, the view just before pulling into the parking ramp.
We were among the first people here, arriving before the museum opened. Outside is a sign posting events going on there daily.
The Avenue of Flags paves the way to the Grand Terrace to view the monument close-up. in a niche on the left is a bust of Borglum.
We made it! Seeing this work of art up close is amazing. The blue sky really made it stand out.
We had the pleasure of chatting with other visitors from around the world and we helped take selfies of them with Mt. Rushmore in the background. There also are two viewing scopes, it costs 50 cents to use it.
We enjoyed exploring the museum inside too. There is so much to see there, here is a general overview. There are a series of displays in the entryway.
This is the largest main display room, the Exhibit Hall.
There is a scale model of Mt. Rushmore. Also videos and artifacts such as tools used in the building of the monument.
A large mural depicting the Presidents.
It was almost time to go, we took the elevator back up to the Grand Terrace and noticed more people arriving.
Walking back through the Avenue of Flags, we saw a beautiful white Mountain Goat on our right regarding the crowd!
It was now 9:15, we planning on leaving by 9:30 so we made a stop at the gift shop first. Enter under the first awning on the right, you can also just see the statue of Borglum on the right. We stayed three hours.
We give Mt. Rushmore a thumbs up! We were so happy to be here today!