On Wednesday July 20th we woke early and headed north west towards Rapid City South Dakota. Our destination for the day was Mount Rushmore. We drove for about three and a half hours before we reached our destination. Before arriving at the monument, we stopped at Rushmore Tramway Adventures and let the kids ride a tram up a large Hill and ride the slide down. They had a great time doing that.
Then, we drove on to Mount Rushmore. Unfortunately when we arrived, it was over 100 degrees outside. (That part of the country was experiencing record breaking heat.) All we wanted to do was get inside as soon as possible. We did stay outside long enough to get a picture of the kids, and then went in to look at the majestic monument thru the windows of the air-conditioned visitors center. We admired the monument, then watched a movie in the visitors center theater. The movie showed how the monument was built and included original footage from its construction and dedication ceremony. If I'm being honest, we all felt that Mount Rushmore didn't live up to all the hype, but to be fair, it could be we felt that way because it was SO hot while we were there. We are glad we went though. We are grateful our children had the opportunity to see it in person.
The rest of the day was spent driving towards Casper Wyoming where we spent the night.