Mount Rushmore National Memorial is a breathtaking mountain monument paying tribute to great presidents in American history and the democratic ideals they represent.
The much-larger-than-life monument, designed by sculptor Gutzon Borglum, was blasted into existence by about 400 workers beginning in 1927 through 1941. Located in the stunning Black Hills of South Dakota, Mount Rushmore is an easy half hour drive from Rapid City. A visit to the memorial is an ideal day trip that brings nature, history and patriotism together.
Arriving at the memorial, you will be welcomed by the impressive Avenue of Flags, featuring rows of state and territorial flags. The Avenue leads to the Grandview Terrace, a large platform that offers a straight-on view of the mountain. If you wish, there is also an easy, half-mile tree-lined walking trail that takes you remarkably close to the mountain. You will enjoy an intimate look at the faces in the mountain as you progress along the trail. Interesting facts about each of the presidents, Washington, Jefferson, Roosevelt and Lincoln, are also posted along the way. Evenings in May-September feature a nightly Sculpture Lighting Ceremony at 9pm in the amphitheatre at the mountain base.
The memorial also has a full visitor center complete with gift shop, museum, carver’s studio, concessions and restroom facilities.
Whether you are an American or not, you will certainly be moved by Mount Rushmore’s grandeur and the beauty of the Black Hills.
A parking fee of $10 will be collected prior to entering the park. The ticket you receives serves as an annual pass that can be used throughout the calendar year. It is also useful if you plan to visit the site during the day, and then wish to come back later that day or on another day to view the Evening Sculpture Lighting Ceremony. For more information about Mount Rushmore National Memorial, please visit http://www.nps.gov/moru/