Pick from decades of movies set in South Dakota and you’ll find legendary towns, incredible wildlife and tumultuous history, all within easy driving range
The good news about Mount Rushmore is that despite being a cliche of Americana, it’s genuinely breathtaking. Spectacular, actually, especially against a bright blue sky with clouds as fluffy as George Washington’s hair.
The bad news is that you can’t clamber all over the giant sculpture, getting up Teddy Roosevelt’s nose or hiding in Abraham Lincoln’s beard as if you’re in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1959 thriller North by Northwest. They just don’t let tourists get that close.