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July 22, 2012
From journal More Than Just Badlands
August 1, 2011
From journal Journey to the Old Way of Life in South Dakota
ashbourne, United Kingdom
July 10, 2011
From journal Meeting up in South Dakota
October 1, 2009
From journal Rapid City and Surrounds
NY, New York
August 7, 2009
From journal Traveling out West from Denver to Salt Lake Day 3-4
by Mandan Lynn
Smithwick, South Dakota
August 26, 2007
From journal My Black Hills
by Noel F.
July 9, 2007
From journal 4th of July in the Black Hills
East Berlin, Pennsylvania
October 7, 2006
We've been there twice now having stopped there two years ago on our first western trip, and then considering it important enough to take my nephew and mom to see it this time. Had my nephew and mom not been with us, we'd have skipped it the second time. However, I do think folks should see it once - esp if they're in the area - mainly because it's so famous.
This trip, we opted to go there from Rapid City's airport after picking my mom up - then took the route through Custer State Park (that's worth doing too - very pretty drive) on our way back to the Badlands (see journal entries for Badlands - don't miss them - everyone we've talked with that have seen both prefer the Badlands - we suggest seeing both).
On your way to the monument from Rapid City you'll pass by several small entertainment options - a typical tourist area. We skipped all those (both times) but stop and see them if you're so inclined. I'm sure they'd appreciate the business. For us, we were just doing a "quickie" on our way out west.
The monument itself is well done - with a nice "Avenue of Flags" (one from each state) leading to it making a nice picture spot from the front. There's a huge gift shop and places to eat. Head down the avenue, and then down the elevator or steps to access the Borglum Museum/studio which gives a great presentation of the history of making the monument - including telling what it was originally supposed to be - and what it ended up being. A visit isn't complete without seeing this aspect of it as the history lesson is quite informative. You can walk below the monument (Presidential Trail - some elevation change with this), but not to the top (surprising some folks).
At night they have lights on the monument - and a ceremony lighting them if you're inclined to stay for that. People that have stayed said they enjoyed it (we left to see Custer State Park before dark). There's lots of great picture spots all over, but in general, you only need to allow 2-3 hours to thoroughly see this place - maybe more if you listen to some of the ranger talks (interesting, but generally restating the same info you can read). Enjoy.
From journal 2006 Trip - Part 1 - IA, Badlands + Rushmore
August 31, 2006
From journal Quick Trip to South Dakota
August 16, 2006
From journal Maidien Voyage - Cross country disaster