With the giant faces of US Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln carved into its granite face, The Mount Rushmore National Memorial is not only one of the world's most impressive sculptures, but a deep history of a country set down in stone to stare out upon its own future.
Surrounded by ancient pine forests, the ecotourist will also be thrilled by an aerial display of natural history as well. The turkey vulture, bald eagle, hawk and meadowlark are in constant sight as they circle the mount, occasionally nesting in grooves of the actual monument as well.
Green travellers will be pleased to hear about The Eco Hotel in Rapid City - a full-service, award winning, premier location, and environmentally responsible converge. This eco-friendly Rapid City hotel represents a new spirit for sustainability in South Dakota. Boasting an array of innovative water saving features, energy programs, a new luxe bedding package and guestroom amenities, the unique green Rapid City hotel welcomes business and leisure travelers to continue their sustainable lifestyle while traveling.
While in South Dakota, the ecotourist should also make time to check out some of the organic eateries in Sioux Falls. eHow.com offers a listing of what you can expect, with Parker's Bistro being of particular interest for anyone interested in sustainably sourced food.
All tours can be booked from Tours4fun.com, which include trips around the whole memorial area, and you can spend a night in Yellowstone National Park, the largest Sanctuary of Wildlife in the country.
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