While some travel sights in the world evoke emotion, others truly inspire awe. These are the grandest places on the planet and often leave visitors speechless. They are difficult to describe because words seem inadequate. In this series, I will explore those sights that I have found to be the most awe-inspiring. I’m sure everyone has their own personal list of these sights, but these are “my very best.”
Imagine a giant sculpture built into a stone cliff; imagine four heads which are as tall as 6-story buildings; imagine mouths which are eighteen feet wide. This is Mount Rushmore, one of the world’s most dramatic sculptures, located in the Black Hills of South Dakota. These portraits of George Washington, Thomas, Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt have been staring back at visitors since 1941. The swell of patriotism and pride which a visitor from the United States feels as he approaches the sight is almost overwhelming.
Imagine the difficulty the sculptor (Gutzon Borglum) and his workers experienced in the construction which took some 60 years to complete.