Mount Rushmore / Crazy Horse

Hmmm. There's something very indicative of the American value system when sculptures carved out of South Dakota's black hills become national monuments and are visited by millions. Nothing against either Rushmore or Crazy Horse or the stories that go behind them, but the Black Hills themselves are far more beautiful and grandiose than any sculpture ever made by man. I think George would agree...

What's more is that Rushmore seems to be the premiere tourist destination in this area of the country, or at least the place that the thousands of RV's flock to. It's really a shame, because both Wind Cave and Badlands National Parks are within an hours drive, and are far more interesting. Of course they involve observing and experiencing nature rather than carving it, so some may find themselves, well, bored at the lack of dramatic backstory.

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