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. Plan your visit to Mount Rushmore National Memorial and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Keystone driving holiday planner .
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  • I had visited Mt. Rushmore a few times in years past, and it was nice to finally come back after a rather long time of not being able to get out this way. If you visit South Dakota, this place is a mu...  more »
  • Always great to see the monument in person whenever I'm in the area. This time was a trip with my daughter after she graduated from college.  more »
  • When you criss cross the country on a long road trip. There are so many things you must see. This is just one of them. It is just massive in its awe inspiring beauty. While the wait is a bit arduous t...  more »
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  • When you get there, you park after paying a $10 car fee. You navigate your way up some steps, then find yourself in front of pillars before an information center awaits you. There is a big bust of a man, and then down a long walkway you go with the American state flags above you. Then it's there. You could see it before from the car as you came in and you've seen pictures, and when you come up to the wall that guards you from falling, your eyes look up the mountain and see four faces. The entire thing looks like a 2D cutout, but it's real. It's so very real, and so very awe-inspiring. There are binoculars that you can pay for with plaques all over. It's incredible, put this on your bucket list.
  • Mount Rushmore was very neat and well-maintained despite visiting in the off season. The entrance fee was reasonable and is good for the rest of the calendar year! The little restaurant was delicious and even had dessert! The ranger was super kind and informative and the museum provided excellent information. It was a pleasant visit and great photo opportunity!
  • Very interesting place to see. My first time out west (originally from Ohio). Loved the small towns in the area (especially Custer) everyone was so nice and friendly). We have been back to South Dakota twice in the past two years on our way to Texas (the long way). Would love to move here!!
  • I have wanted to visit Mt. Rushmore since I was young. We were there in October and it wasn't too busy. Watched the video of how the sculptures were created and I just have to give credit to those men. How they were able to use dynamite and to such precise measurements, wow! Truly amazing. We walked around the trail also. Great views where you can see them closer. As a veteran, wished I'd been there in the summer. Bet that is powerful.
  • It is a wonderful example of American pride intersecting American knowhow. Carving the 4 presidents on the side of a mountain in the Black Hills is impressive. The lifelike detail of those 4 faces is incredible. Just down the road is another sculpture. Crazy Horse. Although not completed, this one is much larger and pays tribute to a great American Indian. They both are wonderful tributes to what is America
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