Mount Rushmore is one of those places that every American should make a point to see in person. It took us several days of driving to finally make it to South Dakota, but the time to find Mount Rushmore was worth the effort.
I think that my favorite part of visiting Mount Rushmore was the evening lighting ceremony and program. If you’re planning a trip to Mount Rushmore, schedule your time in the park to end at sundown. We arrived before dinner, walked around, took some pictures, and then ate dinner at the restaurant there within the park (the prices weren’t that bad, and I highly recommend the buffalo chili – it was one of the cheaper things on the menu, and it was delicious!).
Before the sun set, a park ranger spoke to the crowd (hundreds of people joined us the night we were there…lots of people, and not enough places to sit, but we made do) and then started a video that explained the reasoning behind the US Presidents chosen to be memorialized on Mount Rushmore. After the video, the mountain was lit by enormous spotlights – quite the effect!
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Cynthia R says
I’ve always wanted to go, love the family pic in front of mt rushmore.
Love the night shot, that is a great capture
Jill Morgenstern says
Oh that DOES look like a fun trip!!! I bet it’s GREAT in person!
We camped nearby Mt Rushmore as well! It was such a gorgeous location and we LOVED the campsite, but it poured on us all night! lol
Great photos! I love the Black Hills and Mount Rushmore. We camped at a campground on the backside of the mountain and it was gorgeous.