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, 2017
    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, 2017
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Kieran
    KieranApril 19, 2017
    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!
  • Kelly R.
    Kelly RemilyJuly 25, 2014
    The ice cream is delicious but HUGE sizes!! Not bad priced.
  • 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.
  • Taylor R.
    Taylor RAugust 10, 2014
    The gift shop has amazingly cheesy stuff! :) Lots of interesting stuff to look at.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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    Staff PicksDecember 6, 2016
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  • 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, 2017
    Definitely worth the trip. Getting there at sundown is great lighting for pictures
  • Elizabeth
    ElizabethAugust 30, 2014
    Take the presidential trail down to the artists studio for amazing views and a separate national parks pass cancelation.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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