As I mentioned here, Mount Rushmore was covered in fog when I first arrived. Thankfully, after a few patient hours, the fog lifted and I was able to see and photograph the four presidents with blue skies!
- Presidential Trail - this paved trail is a loop from the visitor overlook area, down to the base of Mount Rushmore. If you are lucky, you may see a mountain goat :)
- Black Hills National Forest - Mount Rushmore is located in the beautiful Black Hills National Forest. As you drive through the national forest, you may find yourself tempted to ditch your vehicle and begin exploring! Visit this page for information on backpacking and day hikes.
I am sad to say I drove by all of these nearby attractions. Having spent more time at Mount Rushmore than anticipated, I needed to push forward with a full day of driving across the state. I do, however, plan to go back to each in the future!
- Badlands National Park - located east of Mount Rushmore, this national park is unique and breathtaking. I have been once, many years ago.
- Devils Tower National Monument - I saw this Wyoming national monument from the road, in the pouring rain! I still wish I would have taken a detour for a closer look.
- Jewel Cave National Monument - located west of Custer, South Dakota this cave is the world's third longest cave (as of the date of this post).
- Wind Cave National Park - this national park is located south of Mount Rushmore and is approximately a 1.5 hour drive.
Have you been to Mount Rushmore and the Black Hills area? If so, I would love to hear from you!