Mt. Rushmore is not exactly a dog friendly spot. Mom wanted to see it, and she wanted us to see this famous site too. Thankfully our navigator knew a good secret! We took the needles highway, and you know what? Mom says it is even better than going to the usual place people go to view the monument! As with the rest of our trip, we saw about three other cars in the hour or so we were on the highway, so it was really ideal! In this photo, Mt. Rushmore is the rock formation in the back of the photo, just to the left of Madison’s head.
The Needles highway is a beautiful winding road. We love all the nature, lot so of deer, rock formations and forests. Much of the road was narrow, and there are several very old rock tunnels which are single lane only. Since we were about the only folks on the road that day, Mom was able to get out and take a shot of Mt. Rushmore through the tunnel with the tunnel acting as a frame.
During normal tourist seasons the roads are full of cars, parking is hard to find, and getting shots like we did are pretty much impossible. We are very lucky we could get to see “the faces” as we did. In case you don’t know, the monument is depicts roughly 60-ft.-high granite faces of the U.S. presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln.
Mom didn’t bring her best lens for long distance, so we could not get close up photos, but still, we got some decent shots. One spot we stopped at is the original viewpoint for the monument. We posed with Mom and the faces are behind us although you can’t really make them out because a cellphone camera was used to take the photo. Most people can’t use Mom’s manual camera, so we just go with the phone cam.
We saved the best photo of Mt. Rushmore for last. Although there is a spot where you can get out with your dogs closer to the monument, we would still choose to take the Needles highway because it is so scenic and there are less people, even in peak tourist times. The route we took was absolutely beautiful and it gave us a good look at the Black Hills as well. Have you been to Mt. Rushmore?
We are joining our friends at Living Laughing and Barking in Our Backyard is for their Nature Friday blog hop.