Mount Rushmore National Memorial

Monument / Landmark and Historic Site
  • Chelsea
    "It's the best place to see our 4 most popular presidents :)"(8 Tips)
    Bing M.
    "A must see that should be on everyone’s bucket list!"(5 Tips)
    Jessica F.
    "There's a trail that takes you closer to the monument, a must see!"(16 Tips)
    Karissa P.
    "Saw some mountain goats today under the faces..look for some!!!"(3 Tips)
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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!
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • @nathantwright
    @nathantwrightAugust 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.
  • 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!!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Kelly R.
    Kelly RemilyJuly 25, 2014
    The ice cream is delicious but HUGE sizes!! Not bad priced.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Chad H.
    Chad HembreeAugust 7, 2016
    This is a must see location at least once in your lifetime.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Abby A.
    Rupiah have to pay for parking, so it encourages you to walk around the monument rather than just stop for a photo!
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Dan K.
    Dan KiahaNovember 4, 2013
    Parking, gift shop, museum, and cafe took plastic. ATM in the gift shop.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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!!
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Bing
    BingJuly 21, 2012
    Totally awesome sight! A must see that should be on everyone’s bucket list!
  • Rachel L.
    Rachel LaMacchiaJuly 17, 2015
    Great American history!! So, so crowded, though. Definitely get some ice cream!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Bing M.
    Bing ManagerJuly 21, 2012
    Totally awesome sight! A must see that should be on everyone’s bucket list!
  • Liduvino M.
    Liduvino MonteroJuly 31, 2013
    A must see that should be on everyone’s bucket list, amazing experience...
  • Riddle's Jewelry
    Riddle's JewelryApril 28, 2011
    Incredible view, scenic monument. Bought annual pass for only $10.
  • Robert K.
    Robert KAugust 18, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Check out the gift shop if you want some sweet souvenirs!
  • Katie C.
    Katie ChristensonMay 24, 2013
    Get the strawberry cheesecake ice cream. Nottttt even kidding. Yum.
  • Marizza W.
    Marizza WhodakJune 2, 2015
    Only $11 to park here and enjoy the site
  • Carol B.
    Carol BAugust 20, 2016
    Loved the ice cream but sooo big
  • Jason D.
    Jason DeMoeApril 24, 2014
    show up 30 minutes after the Sun Goes Down to see a spectacular light show......
  • Kurt L.
    Kurt LandisJuly 7, 2016
    Park in ramp's the closest and easiest if you have a stroller
  • Amber H.
    Amber HayesJuly 20, 2015
    Eat the ice cream and take the "strenuous" trail
  • Ronwyn H.
    Ronwyn HJuly 10, 2010
    No cell service to "check in". Beautiful monument with plenty to see. Nice hiking in the park too.
  • 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.
  • Janice B.
    Janice BJune 20, 2012
    Dont rush your visit. Its absolutely breathtaking.
  • 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
  • Cindy S.
    Cindy SullivanAugust 24, 2015
    Nice evening lighting ceremony. Beautiful tribute to active military and veterans.
  • 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.
  • Michael L.
    Michael LessDecember 20, 2016
    Always recommend stopping when passing through this area.
  • David N.
    David NguyenMay 27, 2016
    The monument is so beautiful!!
  • Jazmyn V.
    Jazmyn VeeMay 17, 2015
    An amazing sight to see
  • Kathleen O.
    Kathleen O'Donnell GroneSeptember 1, 2013
    The great state of South Dakota !
  • August G.
    August GenovaAugust 31, 2015
    Amazing to see and cheap
  • Mark G.
    Mark GlassmanOctober 13, 2011
    Go in the evening in October. No crowds and no entrance fee.
  • 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.
  • Michael K.
    Michael KaneSeptember 10, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Does it get Amy better than this ... simply awesome!
  • Sandra S.
    Sandra SJuly 2, 2016
    Amazing. All Americans should see it
  • Adam P.
    Adam PetersonJuly 7, 2015
    AWESOME!!! A must do.
  • Chelsea
    ChelseaJune 24, 2012
    It's the best place to see our 4 most popular presidents :)
  • 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.
  • Randy T.
    Randy TateApril 10, 2016
    Scenic beauty, nature. Mountain goats.
  • Stephon G.
    Stephon GilderJuly 25, 2015
    Smaller than I expected, but still cool to see
  • sophia h.
    sophia huffMay 21, 2013
    Loved it. It was a great to see
  • Cheri S.
    Cheri St PierreJune 8, 2013
    An all American treasure!
  • Birdie Sue B.
    Birdie Sue BonniAugust 17, 2010
    No matter what, park in level 6. The view is amazing!!
  • Bastian D.
    Bastian DuVaneJuly 19, 2011
    Don't forget to visit Team America's Secret Hideout and check in there.
  • Jeremy F.
    Jeremy FajmanMay 17, 2014
    Try the Thomas Jefferson ice cream.
  • Keith P.
    Keith PrivetteJune 16, 2010
    Make sure to see the place lit up at night!
  • Kathleen O.
    Kathleen O'Donnell GroneSeptember 1, 2013
    Avoid on holidays !
  • 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
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