Mt. Rushmore pictures from a distance in the Black Hills
Mt. Rushmore is located in the heart of the Black Hills near Rapid City, South Dakota. Photographers who want to capture Gutzon and Lincoln Borglum’s iconic sculpture can find many different angles from which to shoot.
Sometimes the best pictures of a subject are those that are taken from a distance. The Black Hills with their rocky topped mountains allow great vantage points to see stunning wide open panoramas.
After visiting the actual monument and taking close ups of George, Teddy, Abe, and Thomas, start heading back to Keystone, South Dakota on route 244. Immediately as the road goes down the mountain there is a turn off to the right. This is route 16, otherwise known as the Iron Horse Road, which leads to Custer State Park. Hang a right here.
There are two locations along this road that give extraordinary views of Mt. Rushmore. There are several one way tunnels where it is necessary to beep the horn before entering. On the second tunnel the open end of the tunnel perfectly frames Mt. Rushmore in the opening of the tunnel between two trees.
On the other end of the tunnel one can pull off the road and take pictures. There are a row of pine trees on each side and in the middle is a valley and Borglum’s sculpture is tucked neatly right in the middle.
The next stop on this road is the Norbeck Overlook. This overlook gives a beautiful unobstructed view of Mount Rushmore from over a mile away.
To get to Mt. Rushmore from Chicago simply take I-90 all the way to Rapid City and then exit on South Dakota 16 and follow the signs. Then follow the instructions in this article to get a more distant perspective.
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