Mount Rushmore National Memorial

Mount Rushmore featuring outdoor art and art
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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.

Top Hotels Close to Mount Rushmore National Memorial

Comfort Inn & Suites Mt. Rushmore
Comfort Inn & Suites Mt. Rushmore
2.5 out of 5
Mt Rushmore 321 Swanzey St, Keystone, SD, 57751
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Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Keystone. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (1,000 reviews)
"very nice hotel, breakfast was decent. we went the end of November so most places / restaurants were closed for the season so you have to travel for lunch and dinner. Hotel staff was really nice. room was clean and the beds are super comfortable. The hot tub was not really hot it was luke warm."

Reviewed on Dec 3, 2022

Comfort Inn & Suites Mt. Rushmore
Roosevelt Inn Mount Rushmore
Roosevelt Inn Mount Rushmore
2 out of 5
206 Cemetery Rd, Keystone, SD, 57751
Stay at this hotel in Keystone. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in our reviews. Popular ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (1,001 reviews)
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"The staff was the best of any hotel I have stayed. The location was great. The view was beautiful. Bed was comfortable. Amenities were great. Breakfast was included and served to order due to very few people. Built was freshly cooked. Not microwaved."

Reviewed on Nov 17, 2022

Roosevelt Inn Mount Rushmore
Under Canvas Mount Rushmore
Under Canvas Mount Rushmore
3 out of 5
24342 Presidio Ranch Road, Keystone, SD, 57751
Stay at this 3-star eco-friendly hotel in Keystone. Enjoy free parking, breakfast, and a 24-hour front desk. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (333 reviews)
"This was an incredible experience! The property is beautiful, the staff was exceptional, the food was delicious! Staying in our tent was comfortable and such a unique experience! The location was perfect and convenient to all the best local attractions. We had a great trip and saw everything we wanted ..."

Reviewed on Sep 25, 2022

Under Canvas Mount Rushmore
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Comfort Inn & Suites Mt. Rushmore
Comfort Inn & Suites Mt. Rushmore
2.5 out of 5
Mt Rushmore 321 Swanzey St, Keystone, SD, 57751
Comfort Inn & Suites Mt. Rushmore
Roosevelt Inn Mount Rushmore
Roosevelt Inn Mount Rushmore
2 out of 5
206 Cemetery Rd, Keystone, SD, 57751
Roosevelt Inn Mount Rushmore
Under Canvas Mount Rushmore
Under Canvas Mount Rushmore
3 out of 5
24342 Presidio Ranch Road, Keystone, SD, 57751
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, 57751
K Bar S Lodge, Ascend Hotel Collection
Baymont by Wyndham Keystone Near Mt. Rushmore
Baymont by Wyndham Keystone Near Mt. Rushmore
2.5 out of 5
106 Highway 16A, Keystone, SD, 57751
Baymont by Wyndham Keystone Near Mt. Rushmore
Powder House Lodge
Powder House Lodge
3.5 out of 5
24125 Hwy 16A, Keystone, SD, 57751
Powder House Lodge
Holy Smoke Resort
Holy Smoke Resort
3.5 out of 5
24105 Highway 16A, Keystone, SD, 57751
Holy Smoke Resort
Lodge at Palmer Gulch
Lodge at Palmer Gulch
2 out of 5
12620 HWY 244, Hill City, SD, 57745
Lodge at Palmer Gulch
Black Elk Resort Cottages and RV Park
Black Elk Resort Cottages and RV Park
2.5 out of 5
12720 S. Highway 16, Hill City, SD, 57745
Black Elk Resort Cottages and RV Park
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