Trip Planner:   USA  /  South Dakota  /  Keystone  /  Nature  /  Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Keystone
(4.6/5 based on 7,000+ reviews on the web)
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.
Create a full Keystone itinerary
map

Plan your trip to Keystone

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans in Keystone by other users

7 days in South Dakota BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 18 days in Western US & Keystone BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: June, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 11 days in Grand Canyon National Park, West Yellowstone & South Dakota BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, popular PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 2 days in Keystone & Custer BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, teens, kids, outdoors, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: June, teens, kids, outdoors, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 10 days in Phoenix & South Dakota BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, kids, popular PREFERENCES: June, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 60 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 22 days in Canada & United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES March, kids, popular PREFERENCES: March, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in South Dakota BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES March, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: March, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Keystone BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 5 days in South Dakota BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, teens, kids, outdoors, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: July, teens, kids, outdoors, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 19 days in Alberta & South Dakota BY A USER FROM NETHERLANDS June, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, outdoors, relaxing, romantic ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 24 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES March, popular PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • A monument that many times what we see in movies; in tribute to the Presidents Washington, Jefferson, Roosevelt and Lincoln... Really impressive sculptor carved over the mountain. The place is very well preserved, excellent for family. While there are ways to get on buses, it is advisable to rent a car because it is distant from the city within a park to enjoy beautiful.
    View original
  • This part of our country is often overlooked as a vacation area. Big mistake! Black Hills & Badlands are awesome! So much to do for all ages & interests! Loved our time here! 
  • This being our second visit we were fortunate to have absolutely beautiful fall weather and clear blue sky. I mention this as a the first attempt we arrived in compact fog and left five hours later wi...  more »
Google
  • 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.