Growing up, you see it in movies and your textbooks at school. It is an infamous landmark that everyone knows and wishes to visit. Recently, I was fortunate enough to do so when Phillip had a show in South Dakota. We couldn’t pass up the opportunity to take the kids for a visit at the historical Mount Rushmore.
Right before we got to Mount Rushmore, there was a charming town with old saloons that had an old postal wagon in the front…a little touristy, but very cool and kid-friendly. There was also a wood carver, carving beautiful designs on huge pieces of wood. He was using a chainsaw to make his intricate details. It was very interesting to watch.
Once inside the national park, there were different ticket options for trails and tours. Although we didn’t make it in time for a tour, we ended up being able to do our own thing and explore at our own pace, which was great! As we walked through the incredible park, sculpted in detail was a mountain containing some of our nation’s most fearless leaders, I stood in complete awe. I couldn’t believe the intricacies of it all or imagine the amount of time that went into the creation of Mount Rushmore. George Washington’s nose was the size of a tour bus!
Throughout the park, there were signs that included historical facts, so we counted this as Penelopi’s reading time for the day. One of the signs she read, talked about the first recipe of ice cream. The recipe was from Thomas Jefferson’s kitchen! How cool is that?
My tip for this is trip is to bring a heavy jacket. There is at least a 10 degree drop in temperature and it’s fairly windy. Since the kids (and adults) were freezing from the temperature drop, we all bought Mount Rushmore sweatshirts from the gift shop. Yes, that’s why I have a berry pink hoodie from Mount Rushmore… 🙂
Unless you are wanting to hike the trails at Mount Rushmore, this was definitely an easy day trip to do with the family – especially with young kids. Mount Rushmore is an incredible piece of U.S. history to take in and learn more about. You can even catch a show at the amphitheater, overlooking the mountain. I’m so grateful that I had the opportunity to experience yet another adventure with my wonderful family and close friends.
Here is a little trivia question….Can you name all the presidents on Mount Rushmore?