Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Keystone
Categories: National Parks, Monuments, Nature & Parks, Tourist Spots
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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Gorgeous sunny day stop! Drive to it is also pretty! Plenty to do with a three year old for a short visit.
This took our breathe away,, we are empty nesters traveling off season, so the crowds are not as big.. can not emphasize enough the filling of pride in our nation as we spent about 21/5 hours here. Th... read more »
A must see if you are travelling in South Dakota. Amazing how it WAS created over the years. Unbelievable I can not say enough about it in words. Breath taking .
Stunning Monument! There is nothing as wonderfully refreshing as being out in the wilderness, seeing the majesty of creation and the magnificence of a tall, rocky mountain peak. Unless, you add to that, the grandeur of the massive stone carvings of the 4 forefathers of our great nation. We've all seen the images of Mount Rushmore in pictures. But to really understand what sacrifices & tears went into this undertaking, you have to step foot on the ground where the artistry was brought to life. You have to breathe the air the sculptors breathed. Only then will your heart be stirred fully as the artist intended.
Great sense of patriotism and respect for great leaders our nation has been privileged to have. Walkways are wide and handicap friendly. Nice gift shop and eating facilities. Located in beautiful mountains and scenery. Be sure to also take in Crazy Horse while in the area--plan on a full day at each.
It was fine. If you buy anything be prepared for steep prices. The staff was more interested than talking to each other than dealing with customers but that's not really why one goes to Mount Rushmore. The view was cool
Mount Rushmore is a great monument to our country and the men whom it features. Everything was well kept, clean, and enjoyable. Be sure to walk the path down in front of it, but beware it descends so you'll have to ascend a few stairs on the way back. There are some spectacular views of the entire area at the Norbeck Memorial Overlook, and along the highway that goes toward Rushmore; the tunnels frame the monument! It's very cool. The only thing I wish I would have had in my visit is a few less people, but I'm glad so many come to appreciate Mt. Rushmore
Get there early and avoid the lines. What a great memorial. The place is set up for good viewing and photography. Lots of crowds here but when I arrived the parking lot lines ($11) were short (0-1 cars). When I left, each line had about five cars. The parking lots are easy access to the memorial as well. Everything is nicely laid out.
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