Mount Rushmore
Date visited 27 June 2017
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A short flight of steps from the parking garage and lot takes tourists to the best views of the monument. We were there early, before the massive crowds and long lines of vehicles waiting to get in to park.
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Early morning and the tourists already are in the hundreds as evidenced in this photo by Grandma Bert.
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Grandma and Noah pose before walking along the Avenue of the Flags (behind them through the archway) to the best views of the monument and other trails.
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First impression of the famous monument.
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Avenue of the Flags. Each state and U.S. territory is represented by their flag.
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Regardless how many tourists there are, it is always possible to get an outstanding photo.
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Bust of the sculptor, Gutzon Borglum.
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The best views are after reaching the Grand View Terrace.
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A gentleman from Sri Lanka, who now lives in Sweden, too this photo of Grandma Bert, Grandpa Roy and Noah.
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A chipmunk that Grandma Bert photographed did not seem phased by all the human activity.
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Tourists take the trail to the scuptor's studio.
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1:12 (1 inch = 1 foot) model of the final scupture.
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Model of the archival vault that was built but is not used today. It was called the "Hall of Records."
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The model of the Hall of Records from the other side.
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Grandpa Roy took a break while Grandma and Noah hiked the trail.
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Grandma Bert had this view of the monument when she and Noah hiked a rather strenuous trail behind the sculptor's studio.
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