MOUNT RUSHMORE NATIONAL MEMORIAL – SOUTH DAKOTA

This is a pretty impressive sight to see!

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We stopped along the route for pictures by this giant granite.

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Pretty Sylvan Lake.

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The land and mountains around the memorial are beautiful!

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Sixty foot faces that look completely like the men they represent … Washington, Jefferson, Roosevelt and Lincoln.

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Missouri Flag going thru the walking area up to the memorial.  The Texas Flag was wrapped up too much for picture.

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There were quite a few mountain goats in the area.

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Gracie gets to visit all the places we do.

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The towering granite all around us.

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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.

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The tunnels are all single lane.  Narrow and short.

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When you drive out of the tunnel below, the Rushmore Memorial is directly in front of you in the distance.

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Mt Rushmore is in the distance between the trees on the right.

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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.

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Stopped for some hiking . . .

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We made it down to Custer State Park.  Mt Rushmore is visible in middle of picture.

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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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