Trip Planner:   USA  /  South Dakota  /  Keystone  /  Sightseeing  /  Mount Rushmore National Memorial

Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Keystone

(7,500+ reviews on the web)
Monument National Park
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

4 days in South Dakota BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, popular PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 6 days in South Dakota BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, teens, kids, popular PREFERENCES: August, teens, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in South Dakota BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, popular PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 6 days in South Dakota BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy 5 days in South Dakota BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 30 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, teens, outdoors, relaxing, popular PREFERENCES: July, teens, outdoors, relaxing ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 6 days in Keystone BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, kids, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: July, kids, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 25 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 5 days in South Dakota BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, kids, historic sites, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: July, kids, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 9 days in South Dakota BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, kids, outdoors, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: June, kids, outdoors, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in South Dakota BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, teens, kids, popular PREFERENCES: July, teens, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 23 days in United States BY A USER FROM CANADA July, kids, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • First view as you drive up the mountain road is exciting. But once in the park, the view as you walk along the rows of state columns and all the banners is a bit underwhelming. Our expectations were t...  more »
  • This was a spectacular stop. My wife and I went to the night lighting program. Tip - The parking at this park is run by a private contractor. IF you are over 62, your National Park pass will not work ...  more »
  • I visited Mt. Rushmore twice on my SD trip. First, I went there in the early morning, got there before it opened and hiked around the Presidential Trail. I was able to get some great photos of the mon...  more »
Google
  • Before we visited, many of our friends had referred to the monument as "unimpressive", however if you have reasonable expectations and understand what an undertaking such a project was in 1927, then you will feel the opposite. I truly enjoyed having the opportunity to see the mountain and would recommend to anyone. Best $10 you will spend on a couple hours of entertainment! The gift shop had some worthwhile merchandise and​ was not a total rip off like many other tourist attractions. The ice cream shop is a must visit!
  • Nice well maintained short trail with impressive carving sculpture! We come in month of May, so less crowded with mostly local tourists. Located in high altitude, its windy and sunny for sure, so don't forget to bring along your hat and glasses, plus make sure to apply a sunscreen. The park is free admission however $10 will apply for a small car if you park in their dedicated parking area, if you don't mind to walk 2 - 3 miles, you can have free parking on the roadside below.
  • It's cool - I mean, there are faces carved into a mountain! However it's overcrowded, has little to see besides the mountain itself, and can honestly be viewed as well from the road and a lot of other beautiful overlooks and vantage points. Your national park annual pass will not work here, and there's no way to get around the $10 entry fee, which you pay to a privately contracted company, not the National Park Service. Hardly feels like a shrine to democracy when I have to pay some private third party... All in all, wish I hadn't paid for it and had just seen it from afar (which is not actually that far)
  • It's Mount Rushmore. What else really needs to be said? Astonishing views and a great gift shop. I would really recommend the Presidential Trail. It takes you all around the monument and gives you some interesting photo opportunities. It probably takes about a half hour to complete. If you have the time you should definitely do it!
  • Pretty cool place to visit. I visited in the winter so there was lots of snow but still such a great historical place to visit. Nice for the family or with a group of friends! Eat at the caf.. the soups are pretty great! You can even get a signature Mount Rushmore beer! Be sure to also check out the informative video on the history. It's cool to see how things came together back then!