Our Rushmore Trip was crazy, but a lot of fun! As shown from the map below we made a giant loop that accumulated in 2,685 miles in slightly over four days! We visited eight states (Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Iowa, & Nebraska) and 3 state capitals (Minnesota, North Dakota, and Iowa). Only 1,576 pictures were taken, but we saw 18 different giant sculptures (11 of which were giant animals)! We saw absolutely no live buffalo, but James ate buffalo three times (steak and two burgers; Kona had a bite of the steak and one burger).
Route we took to Mount Rushmore and Back!
Note that the location of some of the places we visited did not always correspond 100% to the letter associated with it. The map was too busy with letters for each thing we did, so I condensed it!
A – Argenta (Home & Giant A&W statue)
B – Minneapolis (Minnesota State Capital, Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, & Conservatory)
C – Bemidji (Paul Bunyan & Babe) & Mississippi Headwaters (start of the Mississippi River)
D – Fargo (Fargo Walk of Fame & Space Alien Grill & Bar)
E – Jamestown (Giant Buffalo) & Steele (Giant Sandhill Crane)
F – Bismarck (State capital building) & New Salem (Salem Sue – Giant Cow)
G – Enchanted Highway (over 30 miles of giant sculptures!)
H – Geographic Center of the Nation (Real & Fake)
I – Devils Tower
J – Mount Rushmore & Crazy Horse (two huge sculptures)
K – Wall Drug & Badlands (Giant Prairie Dog Sculpture)
L – Sioux City (South Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska, quickly back into Iowa)
M – Avoca (Giant VW Bug Spider), Des Moines (State Capital), Moscow (Iowa Farm Equipment and A&W Family statues), I80 (largest truck stop in the world, and Davenport (The Camera Store)
N – Argenta (home!)
It’s hard to believe we saw and did so much in such a short period of time! There were a number of places I would have enjoyed spending more time (Minneapolis, Mount Rushmore area, Badlands, etc…), but overall we had a great time and made many new memories!