It was a busy day. We left Brookings bright and early with the Badlands on our minds. We figured since we were close, we would go to Mount Rushmore too. I had heard some not so exciting things about it, that it’s not all that impressive, but I mean, we had to go. It’s Mount Rushmore for goodness sake.
After paying the sad $11 parking fee (good for the rest of the year!) we headed up and found a spot before the short trek, if you could even call it that at all, to the view point. We wandered up and spent a few minutes admiring their gleaming faces before deciding that it was just alright.
There is a trail that goes somewhere below it, but it was closed still as it was only early April. We headed to the visitor center to look for postcards or stickers, but passed on both. As we were leaving though, we saw some mountain goats which may have been the highlight for both of us.
Like the Grand Canyon and Leon, I thought it was just alright. Like the Grand Canyon and Leon, I’m glad I went. Unlike the Grand Canyon and Leon, I wouldn’t be upset to not return to Rushmore. It’s definitely something to see if you’re in the area and doing one of these Great American Roadtrips, which I would highly recommend.
Have you been to Mount Rushmore? What did you think of it? Do you want to go?