Summer 2014 Road Trip
Day #3: June 15, 2014
Wyoming – South Dakota
The journey to Mount Rushmore was long. Getting out of Yellowstone was 120 miles alone. Plus, Wyoming is one wide state. I can’t recall how many naps I took during the car ride only to wake up STILL in Wyoming.
This is Wyoming. As far as the eye can see, miles and miles and miles of flatland and open road.
We drove straight from Yellowstone to Mount Rushmore, which took the whole night. This was the first day that we didn’t stay at a hotel. Instead, we spent the night at a rest area smack in the middle of the Wyoming/South Dakota state line. It was uncomfortable, it was freezing, we haven’t showered for more than 24 hours, but it’s what makes road trips… well, road trips! The unexpected detours and changes in itinerary make the adventure all the more memorable.
We arrived at Mount Rushmore around noon, and the weather was glorious! Clear skies and sunshine! Even the drive up the mountain was scenic.
It’s free admission to enter the the park, and there wasn’t a huge crowd when we arrived.
The way leading up to the mountain was a pathway lined with flags of the 50 states, which gave the place an even more patriotic atmosphere. It was surreal to finally be able to witness in person the monument itself. Pictures definitely did not do it justice. Seeing the faces first-hand makes you think just how much sweat and labor that was involved. Washington’s nose is 21 feet long. That’s about 4 of me! Insane!
Inside the park is also a small movie theater where visitors can watch about the history and controversy regarding the creation of mountain.
See short video diary below! (Yes, I am aware of my own awkwardness).
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
13000 S. Dakota 244
Keystone, SD 57751