Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Keystone

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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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  • This was a planned stop on our 2 week trip out west. You know something is cool when your family of 4 sits on a bench and just looks on with minutes of silence. This is a top rating for sure. The grou...  more »
  • Mount Rushmore mean USA ... all in this site reminds us, patriotism, national unity and the celebration of history and greatness USA. The site is very interesting although the massive presence of tourists (especially Americans) doesn't allow to visit with tranquility the area. The trail of Presidents is very simple and easy and allows you to approach the mountain with good views through the trees. The site can be visited free of charge, except to pay the car park. The visit is carried out in complete autonomy, but I highly recommend you stay for the evening ceremony of 21 when the sun goes down and the Presidents are illuminated by powerful lights. At this juncture, a ranger retraces part of American history, describes and celebrates the grandeur of the immense natural spaces and clearly explains the importance of patriotism that binds the nation. Inevitable and very touching the American anthem ... everybody up, Cap in hand and hand on heart for all Americans, that perhaps will remain a bit amazed to see tourists participate in their party. Although all our European eyes may seem a bit cloying, for sure it is not in reality as you perceive that for Americans this feeling is sincere and very rooted.
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  • Be prepared to wait in the entry/parking lines if you go during mid day. Once parked, it is a short walk to the monument. Plenty of people but still enough room to get your photo op. The scultures are...  more »
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  • When you get there, you park after paying a $10 car fee. You navigate your way up some steps, then find yourself in front of pillars before an information center awaits you. There is a big bust of a man, and then down a long walkway you go with the American state flags above you. Then it's there. You could see it before from the car as you came in and you've seen pictures, and when you come up to the wall that guards you from falling, your eyes look up the mountain and see four faces. The entire thing looks like a 2D cutout, but it's real. It's so very real, and so very awe-inspiring. There are binoculars that you can pay for with plaques all over. It's incredible, put this on your bucket list.
  • Mount Rushmore was very neat and well-maintained despite visiting in the off season. The entrance fee was reasonable and is good for the rest of the calendar year! The little restaurant was delicious and even had dessert! The ranger was super kind and informative and the museum provided excellent information. It was a pleasant visit and great photo opportunity!
  • Very interesting place to see. My first time out west (originally from Ohio). Loved the small towns in the area (especially Custer) everyone was so nice and friendly). We have been back to South Dakota twice in the past two years on our way to Texas (the long way). Would love to move here!!
  • I have wanted to visit Mt. Rushmore since I was young. We were there in October and it wasn't too busy. Watched the video of how the sculptures were created and I just have to give credit to those men. How they were able to use dynamite and to such precise measurements, wow! Truly amazing. We walked around the trail also. Great views where you can see them closer. As a veteran, wished I'd been there in the summer. Bet that is powerful.
  • It is a wonderful example of American pride intersecting American knowhow. Carving the 4 presidents on the side of a mountain in the Black Hills is impressive. The lifelike detail of those 4 faces is incredible. Just down the road is another sculpture. Crazy Horse. Although not completed, this one is much larger and pays tribute to a great American Indian. They both are wonderful tributes to what is America

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