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Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Vacation Travel Guide

Visit this popular landmark in South Dakota to see firsthand the enormous sculptures of four U.S. presidents carved into a mountain.

South Dakota’s most popular attraction depicts four 60-foot (18-meter) busts of American presidents carved into granite cliffs. Make the drive out to this mammoth sculpture garden to see one of the most recognizable American landmarks.

Although the image of Mount Rushmore is familiar to most, it is still an experience to see first-hand the sheer size of this attraction. As you gaze at the four granite faces, keep in mind that each is as tall as a six-story building. The faces of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln were chosen to represent the first 130 years of United States history.

The Danish-American sculptor Gutzon Borglum designed Mount Rushmore in 1927. With the help of 400 men, he carved the sculpture in 14 years. The faces catch the sun for most of the day which is why the mountain was chosen.

Visit the Sculptor’s Studio to see original artifacts from the carving of the mountain. Inspect one of the models of Mount Rushmore that Borglum carved early in the design process and see some of the workers’ tools from the carving.

Take the Presidential Trail to reach the viewpoint closest to Mount Rushmore. Walk along the path for a few minutes and reach the foot of the cliffs. The giant faces of Mount Rushmore tower over visitors just above, within a few hundred feet of the viewpoint.

Stick around until after sundown for a nightly lighting ceremony of Mount Rushmore. Sit in the amphitheater and watch as the faces of the cliff seem to slowly rise out of the darkness as they are gradually illuminated by powerful floodlights.

The easiest way to get to Mount Rushmore is to drive, since it is in a fairly remote location, however there is a fee to park. Alternatively, you can take a plane, train, or bus to Rapid City, which is about 24 miles (39 kilometers) to the north. From there rent a car or board a tour bus to reach the park.

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Holiday Inn Express & Suites Mt. Rushmore
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Mt. Rushmore
2.5 out of 5
Mt Rushmore 321 Swanzey St, Keystone, SD
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The price is $63 per night from Dec 13 to Dec 14

Situated in a rural location, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Big Thunder Gold Mine and Black Hills National Forest. Mount Rushmore is 2.9 mi (4.7 km) ...

4.4/5Excellent! (987 reviews)

"Loved the lobby area. I didn’t like not having the room made up each day. But I totally understand it"…"

Reviewed on Nov 11, 2020

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Mt. Rushmore
Roosevelt Inn Mount Rushmore
Roosevelt Inn Mount Rushmore
2 out of 5
206 Cemetery Rd, Keystone, SD
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Situated in Keystone, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Black Hills National Forest and Big Thunder Gold Mine. Mount Rushmore and Rushmore Cave are also within ...

4.3/5Excellent! (724 reviews)

"It was just ok. Nothing special but adequate for what we needed. Room was HOT!"…"

Reviewed on Nov 24, 2020

Roosevelt Inn Mount Rushmore
Under Canvas Mount Rushmore
Under Canvas Mount Rushmore
2 out of 5
24342 Presidio Ranch Road, Keystone, SD
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Situated in the mountains, this campground is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Black Hills National Forest and 2.3 mi (3.8 km) from Big Thunder Gold Mine. Custer State Park ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (247 reviews)
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"Loved the experience of “tent” camping. We were in the luxury tents so we were very comfortable. Didn’t know we had to make a fire to keep warm, but it was still a fun experience."…"

Reviewed on Oct 8, 2020

Under Canvas Mount Rushmore
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Holiday Inn Express & Suites Mt. Rushmore
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Mt. Rushmore
2.5 out of 5
Mt Rushmore 321 Swanzey St, Keystone, SD
The price is $63 per night from Dec 13 to Dec 14
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Mt. Rushmore
Roosevelt Inn Mount Rushmore
Roosevelt Inn Mount Rushmore
2 out of 5
206 Cemetery Rd, Keystone, SD
Roosevelt Inn Mount Rushmore
Under Canvas Mount Rushmore
Under Canvas Mount Rushmore
2 out of 5
24342 Presidio Ranch Road, Keystone, SD
Under Canvas Mount Rushmore
K Bar S Lodge, Ascend Hotel Collection
K Bar S Lodge, Ascend Hotel Collection
2.5 out of 5
434 Old Hill City Road, Keystone, SD
K Bar S Lodge, Ascend Hotel Collection
Ramada by Wyndham Keystone Near Mt Rushmore
Ramada by Wyndham Keystone Near Mt Rushmore
3 out of 5
115 Swanzey Street, Keystone, SD
Ramada by Wyndham Keystone Near Mt Rushmore
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Historic 'grizzly Gulch Cabin' Near Mt. Rushmore!
Keystone, SD
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Super 8 by Wyndham Keystone/Mt. Rushmore
Super 8 by Wyndham Keystone/Mt. Rushmore
2 out of 5
702 Highway 16A, Keystone, SD
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Quality Inn Keystone near Mount Rushmore
Quality Inn Keystone near Mount Rushmore
2 out of 5
231 Winter St., Keystone, SD
Quality Inn Keystone near Mount Rushmore
Rushmore Express Keystone
Rushmore Express Keystone
2.5 out of 5
320 Cemetery Road, Keystone, SD
Rushmore Express Keystone
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