|First glimpse of Mount Rushmore. Photo by Judy Wells.|
Chills and adrenaline vied for notie but all we could see was the first glimpse of the four presidents atop Mt. Rushmore.
Back when the Good Girls were making plans to attend the Travel Media Showcase in Sioux Falls, we decided an extended trip was necessary. Seeing Mount Rushmore in person ranked high on both of our bucket lists.
The images of four Presidential faces carved in stone are among the most famous in the world. But, the icon stands in the Black Hills, sacred North American Indian lands, which are pretty much in the middle of nowhere.
After we left Sioux Falls we traveled west to see the awe-inspiring Badlands. Next, we toured Custer State Park, which lies to the south of Mt. Rushmore. Park Rangers encouraged us to drive north on the Iron Mountain Highway for the best approach to the site. Little did we know the 14 miles would turn into one of the most thrilling road trips.
|Honk before you enter the one-lane tunnels. Photo by Debi Lander.|
|Now it was our turn. Photo by Debi Lander.|
I leap out of the car like I had ants in my pants. I was truly eyeing Mt. Rushmore, a place I thought I’d never see.
The road continued to flirt with us like a teen-age girl, offering a peek here and there. The views only get better and better as we proceeded. We paused at one stop catching site of George Washington through an opening in the trees. After squeezing the car through a one-lane tunnel, we were provided with a dramatic portal. At the summit, the overlook offered a tempting but still distant vista of the National Park.
|Enter the avenue along with hundreds of others from around the world. Photo by Judy Wells.|
|When an icon looks like this, nowhere becomes somewhere. Photo by Debi Lander.|
Take our word on this: Mt. Rushmore is one of those places you have to see up close and in person. The experience within the park will not disappoint.
|You'll wish you could get closer. Photo by Debi Lander.|
|Thank you, T. J. Photo by Debi Lander.|
|You've got to love the name. Photo by Judy Wells.|
|Mt. Rushmore worker Nick Clifford and his wife, Carolyn.|