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Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Keystone

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American history carved into stone, Mount Rushmore National Memorial is the work of a team of carvers, led by sculptor Gutzon Borglum. The 18 m (60 ft) sculptures of the heads of four American presidents stand 1,745 m (5,725 ft) above sea level. An iconic symbol of presidential greatness, the stone memorial has appeared in dozens of books and movies, attracting over 2 million tourists each year. Carvers took over a decade to create these mammoth faces, working from 1927 until 1941. The canyon behind the carved heads contains a vault with 16 porcelain enamel panels, which record the history of the United States and the biography of the gigantic sculpture's creator. Mount Rushmore National Memorial is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our custom trip planner, Keystone Edition.
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  • My 5 yo was thrilled to see "the heads" as she calls it. The view is awesome and the museum is just a nice bit of historical perspective. It felt good to get a little patriotic boost in these politica...  more »
  • This place will take your breath away. Monstrous in size, this is a fitting memorial to some of the greatest men this nation has had the privilege to have as President. 
  • I've been to Mount Rushmore twice now. Once during the day, which offered a great view of the faces as well as lots of information from buildings throughout the park. It was extremely crowded and ther...  more »
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  • A very accessible park with easy walks to get alternate views of the monument. There is a cafe with plenty of food choices and a gift shop with a good selection. The museum had plenty of info to read and view about the monument and its history. My daughter rated it four presidential faces.
  • Paying for Vendor Parking is kind of crazy in my mind. It was $11 to park, but the pass is good for a year, if you don't lose it. Otherwise I would give 5 stars. I've been here many times before, in the 1990s and it has changed dramatically since then. I recommend arriving before sunset and staying for the illumination show after dark. Get a good seat early. It is one of the most patriotic events I have seen since the Bicentennial back in 1976. As a military veteran, I was called to the stage with the rest of the veterans. I was able to lead the folding of the American Flag in front of a few thousand observing and cheering visitors. It was an awesome event and not to be missed.
  • Great experience for the kiddos. You have to pay for for parking but it's good for one year. The amphitheater was beautiful. The lights shining on the monuments were perfect. The Ranger giving us the history was on point! The gift shop is very nice. The the kids can become park rangers!
  • Things had changed since my last visitation of 1972. Today Mt. Rushmore park has some parking garages and huge tourist facilities. There were long streaming of vehicles (cars, campers, trailers, motorcycles, and several tour buses with a loaded of Chinese tourists) on the road to the parking gate toll. There was a jammed packing of rowdy tourist crowds in the park. That was no fun nowadays. I decided to cancel visiting there. There are a plenty of photo opportunities for Mt. Rushmore sights by pulling off onto the road shoulder on the main road from Rapid City without going into the park.
  • My family took a trip to see more of The United States by taking us to many National Parks over the summer. One of our stops was Mount Rushmore... It was a very captivating area and I loved it. It feels so surreal once your there and it is much different from pictures you will find on the Internet.