Top 5 Things To Do At Mount Rushmore
If you’ve visited Rapid City you know on every street corner Downtown you’ll find a past president. Famous poses from their presidencies are eternally sculpted and on display. These 43 + presidents were inspired by something bigger though, a monument that is world renowned and receives millions of visitors each year. I’m talking about Mount Rushmore National Memorial. With Presidents Day upon us, take a moment to find how you can celebrate our past leaders at Mount Rushmore.
1. Take It In
I remember the first time I saw Mount Rushmore, it’s something you don’t easily forget. I was in the second grade on a class field trip. I walked up, looked at the faces and felt a sense of patriotism I didn’t understand at that age. I have been to the memorial a lot more in the past two years, each time I drive up the winding road and see George’s profile on the horizon and get the chills. When you visit, wait a moment before you take a picture and appreciate what is in front of you. It’s a moment you will never forget.
2. Walk On The Presidential Trail
What I love about Mount Rushmore is the detail sculptor Gutzon Borglum put into this carving. He knew the importance of each blast that took place during its construction. His attention to detail shows when you walk the Presidential Trail. As you walk, you can see a different perspective that showcases each face differently. Stop at the viewing points for unique photo opportunities and find facts and figures about each of the faces.
3. Visit The Sculptors Studio
One of the best things to do at Mount Rushmore is paying a visit to the Sculptors Studio. This little building along the presidential trail lets you see Borglum’s full vision for the mountain and answers any questions you may have about Mount Rushmore. A little-known fact is, Mount Rushmore never reached his vision. I love seeing what the mountain could have looked like and learning the meaning behind each face.
4. Visit At Night
The most inspiring experience I’ve had at Mount Rushmore is watching the Evening Lighting Ceremony. This is a nightly ceremony takes place May through October. Watching the program and hearing the national anthem sang as the sun sets and the faces light up gave me the goosebumps big time.
5. Treat Yourself
No matter what time of year you visit, you’ve got to try ice cream made from Thomas Jefferson’s original recipe. What better way to top off a historic day at Mount Rushmore than literally eating history?
The four faces of Mount Rushmore have inspired many big things throughout the years, including the City of Presidents in Rapid City. After you spend a monumental day at Mount Rushmore come back and find your Rushmore in Rapid City.
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