This is a pretty impressive sight to see!
We stopped along the route for pictures by this giant granite.
Pretty Sylvan Lake.
The land and mountains around the memorial are beautiful!
Sixty foot faces that look completely like the men they represent … Washington, Jefferson, Roosevelt and Lincoln.
Missouri Flag going thru the walking area up to the memorial. The Texas Flag was wrapped up too much for picture.
There were quite a few mountain goats in the area.
Gracie gets to visit all the places we do.
The towering granite all around us.
We drove two scenic routes after leaving the memorial … Needles Highway and Iron Mountain Road. Crazy, fun, beautiful drives! Stats are: 17 miles, 314 curves, 14 switchbacks, 3 pigtail bridges, 3 tunnels, 2 splits and the 4 presidents in view along the route in many areas. Here are some pictures.
Here is one of the pigtail bridges.
The tunnels are all single lane. Narrow and short.
When you drive out of the tunnel below, the Rushmore Memorial is directly in front of you in the distance.
Mt Rushmore is in the distance between the trees on the right.
Blue Star Memorial Highway along the route in honor of the armed forces. The switchbacks are very steep and cut back and forth up the mountain.
Stopped for some hiking . . .
We made it down to Custer State Park. Mt Rushmore is visible in middle of picture.
We finished out the day visiting a local brewery near the hotel. Would love to come to this area again one day.
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