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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  • We drove all the way from Denver, Colorado to see Mount Rushmore and we didn’t regret it. The day was just perfect-cold, but sunny and allowed some amazing photos without massive crowds you’d encounte...  more »
  • This was the primary reason for our trip to the Black Hills and was one of the highlights but we were blown away by all the other things to do and the beauty of the Black Hills. A must do  more »
  • For better or worse, this monument is pretty American (who else would carve larger than life heads into a mountain???). And it is definitely impressive, especially when seen up close and from differen...  more »
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  • My dad and I drove here from Charleston, SC and it was worth every mile. You read about the nation's historic monuments in books but to see them in person leaves me at an incredible loss for words. The parking was only 10 dollars and thepass is good for a year. I love that getting in is so inexpensive. I wish more places were like this as it gives more people the opportunity to travel this great nation. The gift shop had a wide selection and the ice cream was so delicious. I hope to be back again one day.
  • Beautiful area with so much to do. I loved getting to see the presidents from the different angles. The museum is great, lots of unique pictures and stories. Nicely done and I love the movie. Lots of parking and your pass is only $10 and good for a while year. We went back twice. Can't wait to visit again!!
  • Considering it is a monument every American grows up learning about, I had high expectations. The park definitely did not disappoint. Beautiful park and plenty spacious despite large summer crowds. The bathrooms were clean. The gift shop had lots of cool trinkets that most national parks don't have. There was a fun and easy hike that we did as well. We could have spent more time there than we did. There was plenty to do.
  • Awesome! $10 for a whole year pass sounds like a deal if you live relatively close. It's extremely clean and staff is all very nice. Gift shop is massive and I'm sure you can find something for anyone at every price range. The ice cream is great! Would be nice to have non dairy options.
  • This was our second time here, this time with friends who'd never been. It great because they now have a parking structure for ease of visiting the memorial; especially if you have pets along for the ride, you can feel safe leaving them in the shaded structure for a short time (windows cracked) as they are not allowed beyond the entrance. Large gift shop, food carts, museum and amphitheater ...And of coarse the epic photo ops across from the monument. ~Hint, go to the lower level for a less crowded viewpoint 😉 Don't forget to go see Crazy Horse too, it's just minutes away!

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