Wondering which Mount Rushmore movie scene to reenact during your vacation in the Black Hills?

With rumors of a Mount Rushmore secret room and the monument being used as a coverup for government conspiracies swirling about pop culture, it’s hard not to get swept up in the theatrics of it all.

But it’s not hard to imagine why the creators of North by Northwest and National Treasure 2 picked Mount Rushmore as the backdrop for the most intense moments of their movies. I mean, just look at it.

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So important. Much wow.

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I made my sister pull over to take this picture.

North by Northwest Mount Rushmore Movie Scene

I took a film class focusing primarily on Hitchcock my senior year of college and North by Northwest was by far my favorite movie we studied. I loved the pace. I loved the hijinks. I loved the soundtrack (the iconic theme definitly made an appearance on my Instagram story the day of my visit).

I loved the film so much that I was disappointed that while visiting Mount Rushmore, I learned that the average visitor isn’t allowed up onto the cliff face. Apparently, only the people who work on cleaning the monument are allowed to do that…so my dream of reenacting this heroic Cary Grant stunt was crushed.

You can, however, have lunch in the Carver Cafè, home of the infamous North by Northwest surprise shooting scene. Although the cafè has been remodeled since it’s appearance in the movie, it still has the marvelous floor-to-ceiling windows which offer views of the Mount Rushmore that can’t be beat.

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The Carver Cafè dining room.

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The same great view! Hasn’t changed since 1959.

National Treasure Mount Rushmore Movie Scene

I’m going to steal the Declaration of Independence. Oh whoops, wrong movie! The much acclaimed (lols) sequel National Treasure 2 was also partially filmed around Mount Rushmore. There’s just something about big stone presidents carved into a mountain that screams “PUT ME IN YOUR MOVIE” I guess.

I was actually pretty excited about walking where Nicolas Cage walked. I mean, he’s the guy everyone loves to hate. The Nickelback of actors.

But once again, the film features people who definitly didn’t pay the $10 entrance fee just casually walking along the TOP of the monument, instead of the lovely walking paths down below. So I definitly didn’t get to walk where Nicholas Cage walked.

Such a disappointment.

My main goal in life is now to create something so culturally and politically important that I am one of the people who is allowed to climb up the faces of Mount Rushmore. Who knows, maybe this post will be that thing.

But I really doubt it!

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Looking for some Ireland travel inspiration?

For amazing Ireland travel inspiration, look no farther than the 2010 CLASSIC Leap Year staring none other than Amy Adams that is filled with so much Irish inspo that we suspect it’s all a ploy of the Irish Tourism Board.  Here are 29 times that Leap Year was your all time favorite movie (aka 29 reasons to head over to the Emerald Isle ASAP, no matter the year):

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  1.  When Amy Adams’ boyfriend bought her EAR RINGS when she thought he was gonna propose, so she had to go to Ireland to do it herself.

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2. When her flight gets rerouted and she was all of us at the airport trying to deal with sassy airline employees. Ireland Travel Inspiration 3. When she finally got to a hotel and completely wrecked it.  leap year proposal Ireland Travel Inspiration 4. But the innkeeper was a hot AF Irishman so it didn’t matter (Niall Horan WHO?) Ireland Travel Inspiration

5. When we got these gorgeous views of Irish countryside. leap year proposal Ireland Travel Inspiration 6. Seriously LOOK AT IT. These cliffs might be better looking than the innkeeper. leap year proposal Ireland Travel Inspiration 7. When the cute innkeeper agreed to take her to Dublin to find her boo and you kneeew someone was gonna catch feelings. leap year proposal Ireland Travel Inspiration 8. When their trip seemed to be going alright, but they ran into some cows who just wouldn’t mooooove. Leap Year Proposal Ireland Travel Inspiration 9. When even their car couldn’t take the romantic tension… Leap Year Proposal Ireland Travel Inspiration

10. …and had to make a quick exit. Leap Year Proposal Ireland Travel Inspiration 11. It literally had to take a cold shower to gain some chill. Leap Year Proposal Ireland Travel Inspiration 12.  When her stuff got stolen by a van full of angry leprechauns. “See you never” – them, probably. Leap Year Proposal Ireland Travel Inspiration 13. But then the hot innkeeper got it back for her, but got punched in the face like three times. How ~*chivalrous*~ Leap Year Proposal Ireland Travel Inspiration 14. When Amy Adams was just in a bar fight but her hair was still on fleek. Leap Year Proposal Ireland Travel Inspiration 15. And then she and her new boo decided to visit a castle. Leap Year Proposal Ireland Travel Inspiration 16. and ~*bonded*~ Leap Year Proposal Ireland Travel Inspiration 17. and you just knew something was going on while they stared at this view. Leap Year Proposal Ireland Travel Inspiration 18. But then they missed their train so they had to stay at a B&B Leap Year Proposal Ireland Travel Inspiration 19. and pretend to be married ~*Mr. and Mrs. O’Brady Callaghan*~. Ireland Travel InspirationLeap Year Proposal Ireland Travel Inspiration 20. When we got to see the hot innkeeper’s side abs. Leap Year Proposal Ireland Travel Inspiration 21. When they cooked dinner together and you knew that wasn’t the only thing ~*brewing*~ Leap Year Proposal Ireland Travel Inspiration 22. When they had to kiss at dinner to trick their hosts but you knew it was the real deal. Leap Year Proposal Ireland Travel Inspiration 23. and looked adorbs sharing a bed Leap Year Proposal Ireland Travel Inspiration 24. When they woke up looking like a legit couple and you died from the cuteness Leap Year Proposal Ireland Travel Inspiration 25. When they crashed a wedding. Leap Year Proposal Ireland Travel Inspiration 26. Hello yes, where can I book this wedding venue? Leap Year Proposal Ireland Travel Inspiration 27. When Amy was home in Boston and finally figured out her boyfriend wasn’t ~*the one*~ Leap Year Proposal Ireland Travel Inspiration 28. So she went back to Ireland and we got more gourg scenery shots. Leap Year Proposal Ireland Travel Inspiration 29. WHEN HE PROPOSED AND THEY LIVED HAPPILY EVER AFTER. Leap Year Proposal Ireland Travel Inspiration

Looking for more Ireland travel inspiration? Why not head there and see for yourself!

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