Mount Rushmore National Memorial

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    HISTORYJune 20, 2012
    It took 14 years and a team of 400 sculptors, led by Gutzon Borglum, to complete this massive "Shrine of Democracy," dedicated in 1941.
  • Oyvind S.
    Oyvind SolstadMarch 23, 2015
    I was expecting a much more noisy and commercial place. Instead it was well made, lots of information presented in a tasteful way. Clean and nice architecture. And proper quality in shops. Go there!
  • Jessica F.
    Jessica FakesAugust 16, 2015
    Walk around the park! There's a trail that takes you closer to the monument, a must see! Also, if you drive on by car it's $11 for a year pass!
  • Mark B.
    Mark BJune 12
    Must see. Beat the crowds by going early in the morning. Only a $10 parking fee for each car. Great vantage points from everywhere. President's trail is nice walk.
  • Rebecca M.
    Rebecca MatousekAugust 12, 2013
    Worth the view of the video! But, if you have large hips/are heavy set don't expect to be comfy. Seats in theater are made for smaller people. Gorgeous!
  • Jimmy D.
    Jimmy DMay 7, 2011
    If visiting South Dakota also don't miss the Badlands, Crazy Horse, Black Hills, Wall Drug, and watch a shoot out in Deadwood! Also try a Bison Burger.
  • Bob B.
    Bob BakkenJuly 20
    Always one of the highlights of my trips to the Black Hills. Go in the morning for the best shots of the Presidents before the sun casts more shadows on the faces.
  • Meg F.
    Meg FarmerDecember 24, 2014
    1000% worth the trip. Stay in keystone so you can come back to watch the evening show and see the monument lit up.
  • Tariq H.
    Tariq HossenbuxFebruary 15, 2015
    It's still really nice to see in winter and there are lots of things to do in the surrounding area. Plan to be around for a couple of days!
  • Chad H.
    Chad HembreeAugust 7, 2016
    This is a must see location at least once in your lifetime.
  • Marti K.
    Marti KesslerMay 13, 2013
    The staff there is super friendly! I would recommend taking Needles Highway to and fro for a wonderful time.
  • The Black Hills of South Dakota
    Take time to walk the Presidential Trail that will lead you to the base of the monument, directly below the four famous faces. And - keep your eyes open for sure-footed mountain goats!
  • Kris C.
    Kris CodlingSeptember 7, 2014
    Beside the monument itself and video historyn sure to check out both the gift shop and the book store! Also, tasty food in the Carver's Cafe
  • Sharon N.
    Sharon NJune 20, 2012
    I have been here an its an amazing place. The Presidents walk is wonderful an at night the Presidents memorial gets lit up with lights after an educating speach.
  • Anastasiya T.
    Anastasiya TaranenkoAugust 11, 2014
    Everything is great here. Both the monument and the park leave you speechless. Such a wonderful place to spend some good quality time.
  • Jake S.
    Jake SmithAugust 10, 2016
    If available, try Thomas Jefferson's Vanilla Ice Cream, made from the third president's own recipe!
  • Nathan W.
    Nathan WrightAugust 23, 2014
    If you're only here for a quick photo and want to avoid the parades of tourists, there's a free parking pullout on the upward slope. It's very small and only fits 5-6 autos.
  • Eric O.
    Eric OAugust 24, 2013
    It's not a single attraction - there's lots to do and see! Plan on spending at least two or three hours exploring.
  • Kieran
    KieranApril 19
    When you go, make sure you visit the Presidential Museum in Keystone, and then go to the Ranger program at night,
  • Paul N.
    Paul NavarreAugust 27, 2014
    This is a must for everyone's bucket list. In my opinion, the night "light show" is NOT worth coming back to see.
  • Matthew
    MatthewJuly 21, 2013
    Purchased the $80 National Park Annual Pass at a different NP which says valid at any federal recreation site. Well guess what this federal recreation site is NOT included! $11 entrance fee!!
  • Summer
    SummerDecember 20, 2012
    If you have been here once, do you need to go again? The way it has become so commercialized really takes away from the experience! Plan to spend a lot of money...
  • Rachel M.
    Rachel MercerJuly 4, 2011
    If visiting in the summertime start out with the hike around the mountain, then cool off in the museum and gift shops. Super informative and fun!
  • Tim W.
    Tim WachterSeptember 22, 2011
    For a more remote and much less crowded view of the monument, head out on Iron Mountain Road, about a mile up the hill from Wolf People Campgrounds.
  • Kelly R.
    Kelly RemilyJuly 25, 2014
    The ice cream is delicious but HUGE sizes!! Not bad priced.
  • Michelin Lifestyle
    Michelin LifestyleFebruary 24, 2011
    Rainy day spoiling your view? Make sure you have Michelin wiper blades to clear the way so you are able to take in the grandiose view of the Founding Fathers in all their glory.
  • Taylor R.
    Taylor RAugust 10, 2014
    The gift shop has amazingly cheesy stuff! :) Lots of interesting stuff to look at.
  • Mohan M.
    Mohan MaddiAugust 16, 2015
    Epic monument - beautiful details. Checkout the video show at night - its very nice.
  • @juliefogg F.
    @juliefogg FoggJuly 26, 2015
    You can take your dog up to where you can see the monument to take a pic but not into park.
  • Abby A.
    Rupiah have to pay for parking, so it encourages you to walk around the monument rather than just stop for a photo!
  • UPPAbaby
    UPPAbabyAugust 2, 2011
    The presidents' noses are 20 feet long, each mouth is 18 feet wide, and each eye is 11 feet across. Only 17 miles away is the Crazy Horse memorial, which is the largest outdoor sculpture in the world.
  • Michael S.
    Michael SlusarAugust 19, 2010
    Very beautiful. This was main reason I went to visit South Dakota. I would go there by bus tour so you can see more of Rapid City as well as Mount Rushmore.
  • Waseem A.
    Waseem AhmedJuly 20, 2012
    I visited south Africa in sun city ! I saw there these type of art of elephant,monkey etc.on rocks !!! Really like this
  • L C.
    L CookJuly 17, 2014
    $11 fee for "parking" at the top. They accept credit cards. Parking Level 3 is easiest but not covered.
  • Cristina B.
    Cristina BlocherSeptember 10, 2011
    Try the raspberry soft serve! If you have someone to share with try chocolate and raspberry. The combo is really yummy
  • Ryan B.
    Ryan BradleySeptember 8, 2015
    A neat stop on a road trip but not worth the massive detour or the $11 parking fee at the memorial.
  • Audi
    AudiMarch 17, 2011
    The twisting, winding road up to the monument is a posted 25mph - and is strictly enforced - but ends with one of the country's greatest vistas.
  • Joseph S.
    Joseph SofiaJuly 4, 2014
    If you are reading this, STOP what you are doing and go to CRAZY HORSE. It literally dwarfs Mount Rushmore.
  • Staff Picks
    Staff PicksDecember 6, 2016
    Mount Rushmore National Museum was one of the more wished for places throughout 2015’s I Want Somewhere holiday campaign. Where’s your somewhere? Enter to win a bucket list experience. Read more
  • Adrienne G.
    Adrienne GonzalezApril 18, 2010
    Lots of cops hang out on the road leading up to Mt Rushmore - the signs say 25 MPH for a reason (there are lots of wild animals wandering around and I don't mean tourists) so OBEY them!
  • Robert K.
    Robert KAugust 18, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Check out the gift shop if you want some sweet souvenirs!
  • Ken C.
    Ken CampJuly 29
    Definitely worth the trip. Getting there at sundown is great lighting for pictures
  • Claire
    ClaireDecember 29, 2011
    Shell out the $11 to park-it's worth it. Bring binoculars and be nice to the staff- they are awesome.
  • Elizabeth
    ElizabethAugust 30, 2014
    Take the presidential trail down to the artists studio for amazing views and a separate national parks pass cancelation.
  • Mark S.
    Mark SibincicApril 21, 2013
    Stopped here on my road trip to Seattle. Wasn't happy about the park not being pet friendly. Made for a short visit since the dog had to wait in the car.
  • David M.
    David MusgroveSeptember 22, 2016
    The monument and sculptor's studio are awesome!
  • Kate Y.
    Kate YanSeptember 28, 2014
    It can get crowded with large tour groups.
  • DK M.
    DK MomusMarch 16, 2014
    Contrary to what has been said credit cards ARE accepted. I used a Visa for park entrance and an Amex for Gift Shop (next to cafe) purchses.
  • Noah A.
    Noah AdamsMay 23, 2015
    Pretty amazing big place. Take your family and get here now.
  • drew t.
    drew tarvinJune 27, 2015
    You could spend 20 minutes here and feel like you've seen everything. It's a check-this-off-the-list type place.
  • Chris D.
    Chris DardisJuly 19, 2013
    The $5 soft serve ice-cream is worth it!
  • Mark H.
    Mark HanleyAugust 31, 2014
    Amazing to see, and the Thomas Jefferson vanilla ice cream is the best!
  • David H.
    David HubbardMarch 30, 2012
    One of a few thousand people authorized to climb to the top of Mt. Rushmore in 1995. I met Governor Walter Dale Miller as he was descending the monument with his family.
  • Chad C.
    Chad CarrollMarch 25, 2016
    This was definitely a place that my kids that will always remember. Perfect piece of a perfect Spring Break vacation.
  • Larry T.
    Larry TaylorSeptember 11
    Very nice. A must see in your life time. Very professional.
  • Dan K.
    Dan KiahaNovember 4, 2013
    Parking, gift shop, museum, and cafe took plastic. ATM in the gift shop.
  • PureWow
    PureWowJune 6, 2016
    George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Honest Abe Lincoln--the gang's all here! Read more
  • Amy B.
    Amy BJune 22, 2016
    Great views and not too busy (mid June)
  • Filmsquare
    FilmsquareNovember 23, 2013
    Appeared in National Treasure: Book of Secrets (2007) as the site of the hidden Aztec gold.
  • Jay M.
    Jay MartinJuly 24
    Enjoyed the monument and surrounding views much more than I expected. Wasn't busy and parking was easy
  • Aditya S.
    Aditya SubramanianJuly 30, 2011
    Seeing it in photos is vet different from first hand view. Totally with the drive and absolutely wonderful experience
  • Ben B.
    Ben BryanSeptember 1, 2011
    They only take cash at the front gate. Entry price is $11 per car and is good for one year.
  • William C.
    William CapodannoAugust 15, 2015
    Rushmore is impressive but hard to spend more than 1 hour hear and annoying they charge for parking even with a NPS yearly permit
  • Rachel L.
    Rachel LaMacchiaJuly 17, 2015
    Great American history!! So, so crowded, though. Definitely get some ice cream!
  • Bing
    BingJuly 21, 2012
    Totally awesome sight! A must see that should be on everyone’s bucket list!
  • Carla J.
    Carla JeanNovember 1, 2011
    Take The Beautiful Trail To See Mount Rushmore!! It's Definitely A Once In A Life Time MEMORABLE Experience!!
  • L H.
    L HJuly 20, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Awesome night ceremony where the faces are all lit up and tribute is given to the military people who are in the audience!
  • Barry A.
    Barry AustinAugust 21
    Let's hope we don't have to tear this monument down because of the past history of our presidents !
  • Liduvino M.
    Liduvino MonteroJuly 31, 2013
    A must see that should be on everyone’s bucket list, amazing experience...
  • Katie C.
    Katie ChristensonMay 24, 2013
    Get the strawberry cheesecake ice cream. Nottttt even kidding. Yum.
  • Bing M.
    Bing ManagerJuly 21, 2012
    Totally awesome sight! A must see that should be on everyone’s bucket list!
  • Carol B.
    Carol BAugust 20, 2016
    Loved the ice cream but sooo big
  • Marizza W.
    Marizza WhodakJune 2, 2015
    Only $11 to park here and enjoy the site
  • Jason D.
    Jason DeMoeApril 24, 2014
    show up 30 minutes after the Sun Goes Down to see a spectacular light show......
  • Orion P.
    Orion PJanuary 4, 2012
    Worth the trip. Caveats: you still pay even if you have an annual park pass and no pet allowed. Shop only at the NPS bookstore to avoid giving the idiots more money. Stupid dog haters.
  • Kurt L.
    Kurt LandisJuly 7, 2016
    Park in ramp's the closest and easiest if you have a stroller
  • Riddle's Jewelry
    Riddle's JewelryApril 28, 2011
    Incredible view, scenic monument. Bought annual pass for only $10.
  • Amber H.
    Amber HayesJuly 20, 2015
    Eat the ice cream and take the "strenuous" trail
  • Alma B.
    Alma BosekJuly 12, 2013
    Buy the passport for the kids in the gift shop. It will start you talking about all the states.
  • Kathleen O.
    Kathleen O'Donnell GroneDecember 28, 2013
    A cold day but the presidents don't seem to mind
  • Adam B.
    Adam BruhnkeMay 20, 2012
    Take the 30 min guided walking your. Well worth it.
  • Ronwyn H.
    Ronwyn HJuly 10, 2010
    No cell service to "check in". Beautiful monument with plenty to see. Nice hiking in the park too.
  • Cindy S.
    Cindy SullivanAugust 24, 2015
    Nice evening lighting ceremony. Beautiful tribute to active military and veterans.
  • Sarah
    SarahSeptember 23, 2012
    Bigger than I expected. Watch out for the bees this time of year.
  • Mary Cecilia C.
    You have to see this. It's so amazing in person, different than from the textbooks:D
  • Janice B.
    Janice BJune 20, 2012
    Dont rush your visit. Its absolutely breathtaking.
  • Robert Jim F.
    Really not as impressive as I had hoped and one of the only disappointing adventures in our trip to the black hills.
  • Michael L.
    Michael LessDecember 20, 2016
    Always recommend stopping when passing through this area.
  • Jazmyn V.
    Jazmyn VeeMay 17, 2015
    An amazing sight to see
  • Paisano0506
    Paisano0506July 25, 2016
    National Parks Pass doesn't apply here. They charge you $11 for seasonal parking lasting until the end of the year.
  • David N.
    David NguyenMay 27, 2016
    The monument is so beautiful!!
  • Kathleen O.
    Kathleen O'Donnell GroneSeptember 1, 2013
    The great state of South Dakota !
  • Michael K.
    Michael KaneSeptember 10, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Does it get Amy better than this ... simply awesome!
  • Mark G.
    Mark GlassmanOctober 13, 2011
    Go in the evening in October. No crowds and no entrance fee.
  • Adam P.
    Adam PetersonJuly 7, 2015
    AWESOME!!! A must do.
  • Sandra S.
    Sandra SJuly 2, 2016
    Amazing. All Americans should see it
  • August G.
    August GenovaAugust 31, 2015
    Amazing to see and cheap
  • Chelsea
    ChelseaJune 24, 2012
    It's the best place to see our 4 most popular presidents :)
  • Randy T.
    Randy TateApril 10, 2016
    Scenic beauty, nature. Mountain goats.
  • Stephanie M.
    Stephanie MagnoliaJuly 21, 2015
    Park outside the auto gate and walk in cause paying to park for the 10 minutes you'll spend here is dumb.
  • Stephon G.
    Stephon GilderJuly 25, 2015
    Smaller than I expected, but still cool to see
  • Cheri S.
    Cheri St PierreJune 8, 2013
    An all American treasure!
  • sophia h.
    sophia huffMay 21, 2013
    Loved it. It was a great to see
  • Jude G.
    Great night show, p.s. if this place doesn't make you proud to be an American nothing will.
  • Jeremy F.
    Jeremy FajmanMay 17, 2014
    Try the Thomas Jefferson ice cream.
  • Birdie Sue B.
    Birdie Sue BonniAugust 17, 2010
    No matter what, park in level 6. The view is amazing!!
  • Kathleen O.
    Kathleen O'Donnell GroneSeptember 1, 2013
    Avoid on holidays !
  • Gerd R.
    Gerd RomeikeSeptember 22, 2015
    Alles !!!!
  • Ethan A.
    Ethan AdamsMay 22, 2015
    Visit between 8-Noon for the best lighting!
  • Cassidy S.
    Cassidy S.June 21, 2013
    Don't go during thunderstorms, check the weather for fog.
  • Keith P.
    Keith PrivetteJune 16, 2010
    Make sure to see the place lit up at night!
  • Bastian D.
    Bastian DuVaneJuly 19, 2011
    Don't forget to visit Team America's Secret Hideout and check in there.
  • Mark J.
    Mark JohnstonJune 11, 2013
    Looks great at night!
  • Karissa P.
    Karissa PowersJune 28, 2013
    Saw some mountain goats today under the faces..look for some!!!
  • Lizzie B.
    Lizzie BordenAugust 27, 2016
    Those dudes are awesome
  • George A.
    George AdamsSeptember 7, 2010
    Take the walk with Park Ranger. Brings life to the sculptures.
  • David H.
    David HatfieldAugust 22, 2011
    Impressive.....worth the schlepp!
  • Kent R.
    Kent ReedJuly 12, 2015
    Makes you think... God Bless America!
  • Mahmood Z.
    Mahmood ZOctober 7, 2012
    Representing democratic views in sculptures
  • Douglas
    DouglasJuly 29, 2012
    Great buffalo chili.
  • sophia h.
    sophia huffMay 21, 2013
    I love mount Rushmore national memorial.
  • Renae K.
    Renae KondratOctober 30, 2011
    Sooo awesome! Bring warm clothes!!
  • Gumby
    GumbyJuly 6, 2012
    Try the pulled pork sandwich mmmmm
  • Mike R.
    Mike RichichiJuly 23, 2013
    The stone presidents cannot hear your crying.
  • John T.
    John TrupianoJuly 12, 2015
    You can buy beer here.
  • Chris J.
    Chris JSeptember 4, 2014
    Favorite president? Teddy Roosevelt.
    SNOCRUOctober 23, 2012
    Why is George Washington's nose a foot longer than everyone else's??
  • Anna N.
    Anna NolanAugust 20, 2014
    Amazing views!
  • Shai U.
    Shai UnfilteredJune 22, 2010
    Don't go between three and five pm, the sun is too bright to take good pictures of Mt. Rushmore.
  • Gang S.
    Gang SangJuly 7, 2011
    $11 parking, cash only
  • Matt A.
    Matt AffolterJune 29, 2011
    Parking is pricy, Nat'l Park Pass will not help.
  • Ashley K.
    Ashley KemperAugust 5, 2015
    Exactly what you'd expect. But better!
  • Carla B.
    Carla BarnhartJuly 27, 2011
    The night program is spectacular!
  • Loni S.
    Loni SinesMarch 30, 2013
    Vaca with the parents
  • Mark P.
    Mark ParkerJuly 28, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Best Rushmore products
  • Tony W.
    Tony WebsterMay 6, 2012
    Look for Team America: World Police!
  • Buffalo B.
    Buffalo BonkerMarch 20, 2012
    Wash your hands.
  • Melissa H.
    Melissa HazelAugust 27, 2012
    Not worth the money to get inside just drive by, you get just as good of a view
  • Carlos F.
    Carlos FerreiraSeptember 27, 2011
    Awesome place !
  • Adar S.
    Adar ShillMay 18, 2012
    nice location
  • Jackie
    JackieSeptember 1, 2010
    Awesome veiw
  • Jon B.
    Jon BarneyJune 22, 2011
    Go Mariners!
  • Haris S.
    Haris SaptowidyonoJune 27, 2011
  • Brittany G.
    Brittany GrasmickJuly 4, 2010
    4th of July here rocksssss!
  • U.S. Embassy J.
    Merayakan Hari Kemerdekaan AS di Mount Rushmore memberikan kesan sejarah yg kuat dgn latar patung tokoh-tokoh kemerdekaan AS.
  • Nohelia G.
    Nohelia GutierrezSeptember 24, 2013
    Bellisimo en serio y sobre todo en la noche
  • Marito
    MaritoAugust 11
    Y la ruta needles
  • Gaiane
    GaianeAugust 10, 2014
    Долго ехали(((( но оно того стоило!!!!!
  • Brkgny
    BrkgnyMarch 14, 2015
    Hayal kırıklığının ta kendisi... Gösterildiği gibi heybetli büyük değil ayrıca etkileyici sanatsal yanı işçiliği de yok... Burası için plan yapmaya değmez
  • Chain U.
    Chain U.October 12, 2014
  • Vicente G.
    Algun dia quisiera ir para alla y conocer ese monumento tan bello
  • Zeng Y.
    Zeng YadanMay 6, 2013
  • Teguh R.
    Teguh RiwayantoJune 21, 2012
    Bukan main. Indah nian ciptaan Allah SWT.
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