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Old 12-09-2010, 05:20 AM
Location: Bel Air, California
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Originally Posted by TumbleBug View Post
Just wondering if anyone who has seen it can tell me about it and the park.

Is it worth seeing, how close can you get to it. etc.

I don't know if I'd plan a vacation just to see Rushmore but if you have several days or more it certainly is well worth planning and staying in the Black Hills as the sites and activities available could easily fill a two week vacation.

I have seen Rushmore about ten times over the years and I always find something new at the site as they are constantly adding and enhancing the facilities. You can literally walk right up to the debris field below the monument and a museum dedicated to the construction has recently been upgraded with periodic films and speakers providing detailed info.

Still haven't made the night time lighting ceremony due to bad timing with weather over the years but, these are generally held in high regard by those who have. I think the ceremony includes bringing down veterans from the audience who then pass a US flag from one to another while announcing their name and service.

Think they include fireworks near the 4th of July.

Probably not even in my top ten of things to do in or near the Black-Hills but I wouldn't make the trip without stopping by to see it again.

Crazy Horse Monument...

Mammoth Site (active dig)...

Keystone, SD...

Black Hills Railway...

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Old 12-09-2010, 08:06 AM
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I saw it many years ago and found it was well worth the trip and time spent. There are many other sites to visit and see in the Black Hills area as well that are historic and interesting. Jewel Cave isn’t too far from the area and it was great to tour. Take plenty of time to allow for the visit and don’t rush things, you’ll enjoy them all the more.
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Old 12-09-2010, 10:29 AM
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We saw it about 4 years ago.. It was a small part part of our trip to the Black Hills. This trip included a morning at Rushmore, the Badlands(awesome), Custer state park (awesome drive and good hiking). We stayed in a nice new cabin on Sheridan lake (near hill city). This was great for the kids - the lake has a couple of decent beaches. We had a lot of fun for 5 days. We drove about 800 miles one way. I would not have made the drive just to see Rushmore. Honestly, Rushmore was ok, but most of our memories were of other things. I would recommend a trip to the Black Hills area but not just to see Rushmore.
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