Well worth the trip out to the Dakotas. This was September, the weather was changing and it not only rained but had a hailstorm so heavy that it looked like it had snowed!
The monument is not as big as you think it will be from the photographs you see. But it is a feat of engineering when you find out how they created it, and was wonderful to drive around and still be able to see the monument from so far away.
They have an evening ceremony of lighting the monument and that is also worth seeing.
If you like your souvenirs , there is a very well equipped gift shop to cater for every persons pocket - and not all of it was the sort of 'junk' you have to buy to keep the kids happy with.
The restaurant was not so inviting, and many people had arrived late thinking they would eat there and wait for the evening ceremony - we ended up going for a drive to another venue before returning.
The Americans do monuments well and the National park service in particular give an excellent service, look after the monuments well and have so much information about the history of the monument.
Well worth the trip out there.
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