You have most likely seen Mt Rushmore in Movies or magazines at some point in your life, but you don't realize how large it actually is until you see it in person. The monument will come into view as you approach up the 244. You can get great views from outside the official memorial grounds from this highway as you approach the entrance, coming from Keystone. You can also continue along the road and get some other views from the far side, which you can see in some of the images to the right.a view from the 16A if I recall correctly
Your national parks pass will not waive the parking fees here, so you will need to pay to enter. It's $10, but is good for a year.! I camped fairly close to the Memorial at the Grizzly Creek Campground. The campground is great and if you are looking for a place to stay, I highly recommend it.
There are nightly shows at Mt Rushmore you can check out around sunset and you can get some great photos too. Parking is plentiful but you might be stuck in some lines during the busy summer months of the year. There are places to get food here and a few gift shops.
You don't really need much more than one visit to see the Memorial. There is a hike you can do that brings you up closer to the faces, but I didn't get a chance to do it. I was in the general area for a few days so I did come back more than once, mainly to try for more photos, and you can see how drastically the scene changes due to different lighting and weather conditions.
This is what happens a lot of times when doing photography along a highway. It can be frustrating when you are doing long exposure night photography and your exposure is almost finished and then a large RV or semi truck enters frame. That is one reason why you will sometimes have to sit along the side of a road for an hour taking dozens or hundreds of images before you get the one.!
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