Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Keystone

4.7
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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  • Definitely a must visit if in South Dakota. Free entrance but paid $5 for senior parking. Really wonderful achievement, the heads are large and still very clear after all these years. Quite amazing th...  more »
  • Heard it wasn’t great...but boy that was a mistake. Easy parking. Great information. Lots of history.  more »
  • Beautiful place and surrounding areas! A must see place at least once in your life! We had great weather for the week of 19-23 November! Left on the 24...just in time before the snow came in.  more »
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  • Was a last minute planned trip but loved it. This was my first time seeing it so it was cool only down side was the walking trail was partially closed. The food was amazing had a buffalo burger and fries large portions and good price plus free refills all day on drinks. The show at night was definitely cool to see for a first time they show a detailed mini movie about the history, then light up mount Rushmore, followed by inviting all current and past military to stage really nice experience. I'd say for 10 dollars to park and free admission you definitely need to visit.
  • If you have never gone to see, go! If you've gone once but when you were young, go again! Going as an adult I think you really appreciate the history and achievement more. Over the past three decades or so they have invested significant amount of money and the site now has a really awesome large visitor center with movie rooms that play a short that goes over the history. Tons of other audio and visual learning tools. Super informative. There is also an indoor and outdoor area to sit and have ice cream and snacks. Amphitheater for a night time show but did not stay for that.
  • A phenomenal experience! The sculptures of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln Lincoln are spectacular. An amazing work of art and attention detail; it's perfection. Plenty of travellers from all over the country and Canada; a feeling of solidarity. The visitors center and bookstore have postcards and memorabilia. There is a museum which is filled with history and engaged tourists.
  • I mean what do you say about some giant rock heads. Of course it was amazing I can't even throw a rock better yet carve one into a monument in a mountain. The grounds were gorgeous and kept so clean.parking was simple.thegift ship while it had many cool things it was over filled. It was hard to walk through. Also my son has a national park pass that is to get him and the family into all federal lands and national parks. They did not accept it which kind of irritated but it wasn't over priced so we were able to still very in and see the monument. Over all a great experience was had by all.
  • It's freaking mount Rushmore. Definitely cool. We also got to see this cool native American tribal dance and experience some of that culture. The heads we're awesome, obviously, and the whole memorial is very friendly and attractive. Not something I'm dying to see again, but definitely something everyone needs to experience
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