Mount Rushmore National Monument
Tribute by Jeffrey Sward
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The three most frequently asked questions for National Park and Monument rangers are:

  1. How long does it take to see this place?
  2. Where are the restrooms?
  3. Where are the coke machines?

The answers for Mount Rushmore National Monument are:

  1. Five minutes.
  2. From the parking lot, take the elevator down one level and turn left.
  3. Next to the elevator in the parking lot.

The Mount Rushmore National Monument is very efficiently organized to maximize experience and minimize time spent. For a successful visit to Mount Rushmore Nation Monument, one need only:

  • Park the car on the top level of the parking garage. The view is best on the top level.
  • Take the elevator from the parking lot down one level and use the restroom.
  • Take the elevator back to the parking lot.
  • Exit the elevator and immediately take one step the left. The coke machine is right there.
  • Buy a coke from the machine.
  • Take three steps back from the coke machine.
  • Look at the four presidents on the coke machine picture.
  • Look at the four presidents on the mountain to the left of the elevator
  • Say "That's different."
  • Get in the car and be on your way.
  • No more than five minutes total, even if you dawdle.

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