I'm sorry...you can't go here and NOT do this.
A little known fact about President Lincoln is that he was a champion photo bomber
If you go you really ought to stick around for the night program because they light it up. The park service, I mean. As in, they light the mountain.
(In all seriousness, it was an excellent program, full of history and a solid explanation of why these four presidents were chosen to be here -- admit it, you've always wondered).
One thing that is unique to Mt. Rushmore among all the national park units we have visited this year is that someone has made a no-holds-barred effort to capitalize in the form of wonderfully kitschy souvenirs. Most park visitor centers feature a small collection of tee shirts, postcards, and perhaps a few coffee mugs among the excellent books and educational materials. But this was like rolling a trip to Walmart, a bad roadside sundry stand, and our nation’s capitol all in one. Just look at the wonderful array of things you could take home to help you fondly recall your trip to one our our country’s most iconic locations.
A random update: Weebly added some new features to our blogging and site building capabilities so we now have a better map function. I updated the "Where Are the Keiters?" page with a map that will always show our current location (provided I can remember to go in and move the pin), but I left the old map with our past and future route drawn in down at the bottom of the page. And in the case of less well-known locations, I will include that map feature on the blog post, ya' know, just in case you want to plan a visit there in the future and want to know where it is.