Mount Rushmore, Custer State Park, Scotts Bluff National Monument (20.09.2013)

Yes, you can visit all the places named in the post-title in one day. You have to program a little bit your journey but it’s possible. After a short sleep in Rapid City I took over the van and drove along the Blackhills to Mount Rushmore, Carlos still recovering from last night in the back of the van. The Mount Rushmore National Memorial is a sculpture carved into the granite face of Mount Rushmore near Keystone, showing the four most important and symbolic presidents of the United States at the time of its construction.

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From left to the right side: 1. George Washington, 3. Thomas Jefferson, 26. Theodore Roosevelt, 16. Abraham Lincoln

After having visited the Mount Rushmore National Monument we drove along the Black Hills in direction Custer State Park.

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Already in Custer State Park we chose the Sylvant Lake to take a rest and have a short lunch.

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After recovering some energy we drove to the southern part of the Custer State Park, where we wanted to see the Buffalos for the last time.

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After this visit we found us again on the road to make our last touristic visit of the day. But before we could arrive there we had to leave awsome South Dakota and cross an important part of the state of Nebraska, following long, lonely and flat roads and sometimes a little bit unreal, to somebody used to live in dense and compact Europe.

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Scotts Bluff National Monument in western Nebraska includes an important 19th century landmark on the Oregon Trail and Mormon Trail.

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The National Monument contains multiple bluffs (steep hills) located on the south side of the North Platte River; it is named for one prominent bluff called Scotts Bluff, which rises over 330 meters (830 feet) above the plains at its highest point.

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And as the sun got lower, the bluff got more and more red coloured…

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The day finished late with an incredible firework over the skyline of Denver taking place just on our arrival.

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