I blogged a bit already about our stop in the Black Hills of South Dakota over on our post for National Parks Week, here, but I believe Mount Rushmore is worth blogging about again.
Mount Rushmore National Memorial is a massive sculpture carved into Mt. Rushmore in the Black Hills region of South Dakota. Completed under the direction of Gutzon and Lincoln Borglum from 1927–1941, the sculpture’s roughly 60-ft.-high granite faces depict U.S. presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. The site also features a museum with interactive exhibits.
It was pretty awesome to see Mount Rushmore in person, of course it seems like it would have been larger in person but it was still pretty cool seeing it with your own eyes. It costs $11 to park, which I believe that parking pass is good for the whole year so if you were in town for a few days you could go back a few times.
We camped about 20 minutes from Mount Rushmore. We stayed at a KOA Campground – Mount Rushmore KOA at Palmer Gulch. It was great. It was one of KOA’s Resort locations and it certainly did live up to that title. There was a lot to do from the well stocked camp/gift store to the mini golf, pool, horseback riding, splash pad, hiking… the list goes on. We were only here two nights and although the campground is huge you feel very cozy in your spot. I found the staff and all the campers to be very friendly.
The campground also has it’s own coffee shop and winery – we took part in a wine tasting while we were there. I think it was only on Saturdays but they have a cowboy pancake breakfast so that was fun to attend. 🙂
one note: the only down side to this campground was do not plan on having any kind of internet reception or cell service.
This was our first stop on the trip where we had a tire issue. Luckily we were able to get to the campsite and then call Good Sam Roadside Assistance to change out the tire for us. Then we spent the whole next day looking for a new replacement spare tire. Wherever we were on this trip Good Sam Roadside was a big help when we needed them and we used them a few more times while traveling around the country.
Here are a few more pictures from our visit to Mount Rushmore:
We drove around a park nearby Mount Rushmore, which I can’t remember the name unfortunately, but it was a scenic ride up a mountain and thru tunnels and you can see from these two pictures below how perfectly the tunnels were carved out so that it frames the Mount Rushmore Sculpture.
On to our next stop.