A couple days ago, Mike and I ventured over to the town of Keystone to see Mount Rushmore. We were quite impressed on a number of levels:
1) The craftsmanship that went into such a masterpiece. Sculptures produced by chipping stone away never cease to amaze me.
2) The scale. See the above photo. Enough said.
3) The fact that it is probably the least touristy tourist spot that I’ve ever been to. There are no outside vendors hawking cheap souvenirs. When you reach the summit of the hike, there is no one offering to take your photo and then sell it back to you. No sponsor logos plastered on anything. The entrance fee was a modest $11 total for the car and good through the end of the year. There is a discreet bookstore inside the museum and a souvenir shop by the entrance, that’s it.
4) The museum is just enough information to be informative and answer any questions that you may have, but not overwhelming.
5) The fact that the design for Mount Rushmore changed majorly twice after production had already begun!
I 100% recommend a visit at some point. The sight and accompanying information really provide you with more of an appreciation for this National Monument.