Mount Rushmore

Mount Rushmore gets about 2.5 million visitors a year and is obviously a famous national monument, so when we found ourselves just over in Rapid City, SD; we decided to make the short journey to check it out. We were already up in South Dakota pacing and crewing our friend Scott to his first 100 mile finish at the Black Hills 100. The weather was quite poor with lots of rain, so we decided to take our time getting out to the monument. This gave us an excuse to check out some local breweries as well, so it was a win-win.

Firehouse Brewing in Rapid City was our 2nd stop after Lost Cabin Brewery. Lost Cabin was definitely my favorite brewery we visited.
Miner Brewing Co. was a nice place to hang out a little closer to Mount Rushmore while we waited for the rain to yield.

Well, it was getting late enough in the day that we figured we’d better get to Mount Rushmore soon given the long drive back to Colorado. The weather cleared up just in time for our arrival. I didn’t know what to expect, but it was sort of strange to enter the monument site and promptly be ushered into a gigantic parking garage. The initial sight of the faces was very cool and we were definitely glad we made the short trip. There is a short trail to get you a little bit closer and a few different vantage points as well. A portion of the trail was closed when we were there, but I don’t think that would’ve change the experience too much. While the sculptures are impressive, we were somewhat surprised that it wasn’t bigger. Overall, Mount Rushmore is well worth a visit if you are in the area or are tacking it onto another trip.

Avenue of Flags leads you toward a closer look.
Just a short distance from the garage.

Our Faces at Mount Rushmore

Only Granite

Left to right: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, & Abraham Lincoln

Zoomed-in Looks

George Washington (1732–1799)- 1st President of the United States

#1- George Washington
#1- George Washington
#1- George Washington

Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826)- 3rd President of the United States

#3- Thomas Jefferson

Theodore (Teddy) Roosevelt (1858–1919)- 26th President of the United States

#26- Theodore Roosevelt

Abraham Lincoln (1809–1865)- 16th President of the United States

#16- Abraham Lincoln
#16- Abraham Lincoln
#16- Abraham Lincoln
From the road on the way out.


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