Mount Rushmore was the first tourist place I visited which attracted a lot of foreigners. There were German, Japanese and British people there, and probably a few others whose languages I couldn't decipher. My iPad doesn't do a good job when it comes to taking pictures of far off objects, so I used a real camera at this place.
Mount Rushmore was just as fantastic as I thought it would be, and there was even a nice walking trail for people to use. I like hikes in the woods, so this was right up my alley, and it gave me a chance to see Rushmore for different angles.
My only real complaint? The place is run by a non-profit organization, that charges an $11 entry fee. What a rip-off. National parks should be free; that's why the US Government's National Parks and Recreation Services subsidizes them. I mean, I paid taxes last year. That means I helped pay for Mount Rushmore. I shouldn't have to pay anything extra to a "non-profit" that must make thousands of dollars per day.
You can definitely expect to spend money in Mount Rushmore. It was built specifically to bring in tourists, which makes me a little sad. I thought it was built for patriotic reasons, not capitalistic reasons. So I was a bit surprised to learn that Rushmore and all the surrounding area is a blatant tourist trap.
That said, I would like to go back again and spend an entire day, seeing all the crazy tourist attractions, such as the Presdiential Wax Museum, or the Christmas Village featuring a mastodon. The dinosaur park looked pretty awesome, too.
Actually, about a half-hour east of Rapid City, there's a town called Wall, with an amazing drugstore. Wall Drug is a tourist's dream stop. It's huge, it's got beautiful artwork, and I really wish I could have spent an hour to explore it fully. I only had time to get a buffalo burger, which is a hamburger made from buffalo meat. It was too dry to be very good, but I didn't want to put mayo on it, because then I wouldn't be able to taste the buffalo.
I mention Wall Drug in conjunction with the cool Rushmore-area dinosaur park, because the store has THIS:
Best drug store I've ever been to, hands down. That was one of about twenty attractions; others included a giant jackalope and an animatronic band. The life-size animatronic T-Rex wins, though.