At the park entrance are all fifty state flags. It's quite a long walk to get to the trail that wraps around the mountain. The day we stopped by was absolutely gorgeous....not hot or cold, beautiful Carolina blue sky...perfect day.Inside the museum, you can watch a video about the sculptor (Borglum) and the history of Mount Rushmore, from inception to completion. There are also several exhibits showing the various phases of construction and talking about the project from a geological standpoint.
We took the trail around the mountain, to get a closer look, and the boys worked on their Junior Ranger Program workbooks. We love this program - they get a small token for completing the day's schoolwork! This is the same spot on the trail where National Treasure 2 was filmed toward the end.
It's a pretty impressive mountain....you know that it's huge, but you can't really fathom just how big it is until you've stood underneath the faces.“Let us place there, carved high, as close to heaven as we can...their faces, to show posterity what manner of men they were.” ~Gutzon Borglum
Mount Rushmore Resources
- Mount Rushmore in-depth unit study
- Coloring Page
- Build Mt. Rushmore
- Lessons from the National Parks Service
- George Washington Biography
- Theodore Roosevelt Biography
- Abraham Lincoln Biography
- Thomas Jefferson Biography
- Geronomo Stilton Run for the Hills
- Flat Stanley Mount Rushmore Calamity
- Mystery at Mount Rushmore
- M is for Mount Rushmore