Many Faces of Mount Rushmore

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Take A Roller Coaster Road To The Many Faces of Mount Rushmore

Driving across the country from Toronto to Vancouver, we planned a few stops along the way. On the first half of our trip through the midwest U.S., we were excited to detour for the many faces of Mount Rushmore.

It was easy to get to Mount Rushmore directly from I90.  But after we looked at route options we decided to take the much more scenic back route along part of the Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway .  We took Hwy 79 to Route 36 and then went along Iron Mountain Road.

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Iron Mountain Road was a wild twisting road with several hairpin turns. We drove carefully with both eyes on the road.  But we got excited when we saw the sign warning of buffalo. Despite searching the fields and valleys, no buffalo would be seen on this trip.

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But as when we rounded the curves we saw Mount Rushmore far off in the distance.

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We crossed several single lane bridges.  Two of the bridges framed a view off in the distance of Mt Rushmore.  We were careful as we tried to frame our picture through the bridge. Cars and motorcycles sped up from both directions.  Pig tail turns on the twisty turn took us a full 360 degrees and then through more single lane bridges.

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Twisty Roads And Pigtail Turns.jpg

Great Viewpoints

It was a fun ride to get us to the Mount Rushmore official site.  There were several stops at viewpoints and we saw the faces from different angles.

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Viewpoint - Many Faces of Mount Rushmore in South Dakota.jpg

There was a lot in the paper about the increasing use of drones around national monuments and we found signs prohibiting their use at this site. We guessed we would keep our drone use for the parks of Vancouver.

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We followed the road to the Crazy Horse monument.  But by the time we got there we were way past our lunch stop to do what was recommended as a 90 minute stop. So we grabbed a quick snapshot and headed to Custer for lunch and continued on to Buffalo, WY for the stop this night.

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Stop In South Dakota For TheMany Faces of Mount Rushmore

We enjoyed our half day detour to see Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse Monument. If we really wanted to explore the monuments and the great parks in the area on a return trip, we would plan to spend a few days.

Have you visited Mount Rushmore? Were you fascinated by the many faces of Mount Rushmore? 

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4 Comments

    • Heather
      You do not pay to see the monument but you will pay $11 to park. This gets you an annual pass. There is a separate parking fee at Crazy Horse. All of the pictures on the blog were taken at pullout spots coming in from the south end so you get lots of viewpoints without paying. But if you want to get up very close, you would need to park and pay. Hope that helps! Linda

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