In 2017 I traveled to the West of the United states for a Mount Rushmore & Country Holiday, all alone and ready to enjoy the long journeys in a big car, with only my imagination as a loyal companion. I was a little worried at first since it was the first time, for me, being alone for a couple of weeks, but the sensation disappeared as soon as I set foot in Denver, CO.
Upon arriving in Denver, CO I immediately took possession of my car and then moved to the north, to Cheyenne, WY where I finally won my deserved rest for the first night. I remember I was so tired that I fall asleep in no time and pretty much early, being ready the next morning for my next part of the trip.
I was focused on visiting the Mount Rushmore, so I booked a room in Rapid City, SD. Once there, I had a good night sleep and the next morning I dedicated the entire time to admire the faces of the Presidents carved into the rock, listening to the story of how the monument came to be.
My next step in my holiday was going to bring me to Nebraska and Kansas. I remember when I first entered the United States that when the officer asked me where I was going, I told him I was going to visit Mount Rushmore, turning down to Nebraska and Kansas and then back to Colorado for my final days. He looked at me and asked me what I was going to visit in those States, that I should have gone visiting the Yellowstone Park. I knew exactly why I needed to see Nebraska and Kansas, and that’s because no one would have wanted to go there as a tourist, at least among my friends, so I would have found what I’m always looking for each time I go the US: a true American Experience. And what a better way if not being in the places that tourists systematically avoid? So here I was in Broken Bow, NE the first night and then Colby, KS the second one.
My final part of the trip took me to Boulder, CO; I chose this location because it seemed an enough quiet place near Denver, Co and only a couple of hours from the airport, where I would have required to drop the car and take the plane back for Europe.
However, that didn’t mean the holiday was yet complete. I still had a couple of wonderful things to do before going back home. The first one was the Pikes Peak Cog Railway, a terrific journey from Manitou Springs, CO to the Summit Pikes Peak @ 14,115 ft (4,302 m). The second activity was a small adventure aboard a country wagon at the Sombrero Snow Mountain Ranch in Ganby, CO. That was, for sure, an amazing experience! I was able to participate in a small trip on this cart and then have dinner with a steak in the open!
Eventually, all good things must come to an end, and so it was for my Mount Rushmore & Country Holiday. It was an absolutely magnificent experience, something that I will always carry with me for the rest of my life; thank you, United States of America for being so beautiful in every aspect.