We start our journey heading southwest into the Black Hills. There we will view the beauty and wildlife of the area along with an existing and a future “Man Made Wonder of the World.”
We stop first at the world renown Mount Rushmore a shrine in the Black Hills. We saw the monument as it’s creator, Gutzon Borglum, wanted with the morning sun shining directly on the faces.
Pig Tail Bridges Black Hills South Dakota
From Mount Rushmore we proceed south on “Iron Mountain Road” with it’s “Pig Tail” bridges which are still regarded as an engineering marvel. Then we will meet up with the park’s Wild Burros looking for a hand out.
Custer State Park
We entered Custer State Park and proceed along the “Wild Life Loop” (where truly “….buffalo roam and the deer and the antelope play…. and skies are not cloudy all day”) we lunched at “Bluebell Lodge”
Lake Sylvan & Needles Hyway
After lunch we rode to the top of Mt. Coolidge where Crazy Horse Black Hills South Dakotawe have a breathtaking view of five different states (weather permitting!). Proceeding on we traveled to the Needles Hi-way stopping at the Eye of the Needle on the way to Sylvan Lake. Sylvan Lake is a spectacle you will take with you the rest of your life. In addition you will see in the Sylvan Lake Lodge architecture , a touch of the hand of Frank Lloyd Wright, who consulted on the design of the lodge.
Crazy Horse Monument
From here we moved on to Crazy Horse Monument, the world’s largest mountain carving. The memorial to Chief Crazy Horse honors the North America Indian, and when finished will be the colossus of the “Man Made Wonders of the World”
We head back to Rapid City, if time allows, we stopped at the Black Hill Institute of Geological Research (“Everything Prehistoric”) where Sue (the most complete T-Rex ever found) was confiscated by the US government.
Mount Rushmore Lighting Ceremony
We hit a “must see” event that occurs every evening from the middle of May through the 1st of October. You’ll hear the history of the four Presidents, Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and Roosevelt and why they are immortalized in stone. You’ll see the lights gradually brighten as we listend to “God Bless America” and the National Anthem haunting renditions that brought tears in our eyes.