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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  • August 14, 2017
    A beautiful place, part of the Black Hills is superb and the monument itself impressive, even if many people are arriving, it is smaller than they imagined. In the evening, do not miss the illumination of the monument, with little speech, projected film on a giant screen to explain a little history of the monument and especially why are these four presidents here that were represented), the flag ceremony. You can also admire Mount Rushmore from the panoramic road (Pigtail Bridges on the Iron Mountain Road).
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  • August 14, 2017
    Of course the must see attraction while in the Black Hills is Mount Rushmore. We visited in the late afternoon & it was still quite busy at that time. We thought the parking was handled well though & ...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    Attend the nightly lighting ceremony: very patriotic . We also made use of the audio tour guide which gave great information as we toured.  more »
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  • September 28, 2017
    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.
  • September 20, 2017
    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!!
  • August 27, 2017
    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.
  • September 17, 2017
    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.
  • September 4, 2017
    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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As a resort town, Keystone has far more guest beds than residents, and you have your choice of lodging type. Stay right in town in simple, clean hotels and motels, or opt for lodges, cabins, and bed and breakfasts that take advantage of the natural beauty of the Black Hills surrounding Keystone. You'll find a few campgrounds and RV parks in the area. A handful of restaurants reside inside the town, so choose accommodation in Keystone if you want easy access to a wider array of dining options.
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