Timing is everything. That is especially true when it comes to photographing the massive faces of Mt. Rushmore. What’s the best time to capture your family vacation memories with no shadows on the Presidential faces?
Morning. Professional photographers will tell you the morning light is warm, and creates the best colors. As luck would have it, morning is when the faces of Mt. Rushmore are fully lit by the rising sun. The best time for photos is between 9am – 11 am. Bonus – its not likely to be crowded in the morning.
After your morning viewing and photo session, take some time to stroll through the Avenue of Flags. Each of the 50 states, and six US Territories are represented. Then, take a hike along the half mile Presidential Trail, for different vantage points of the massive sculpture. There is a wheelchair accessible trail as well.
Grab some lunch, then check out the Sculptor’s Studio where you can view models of the monument and tools used for the fine sculpting of the faces. You’ll also want to spend some time at the Visitor’s Center and Museum where you can learn fascinating history of each of the featured Presidents.
Wrap up your evening in the Mt. Rushmore Amphitheater, where during the summer months Park Rangers show a historical film before the patriotic tribute and
final dramatic lighting of the monumental faces.
Its a day well spent.