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13000 Highway 244, Keystone, South Dakota 57751 USA (605) 574-2523

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Rated 5.0 May 23, 2014 Top Review!

Go late! They stop collecting parking tolls at a certain time. Stay for the lighting ceremony 30 min. after sunset.

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Mount Rushmore

13000 Highway 244
Keystone, South Dakota 57751 USA

(605) 574-2523

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July 14, 2014

Seriously, everyone needs to see Mount Rushmore just for the sheer reason that it even exists. I mean I don't know about you, but if one of my friends said they're thinking of blowin up a mountain in hopes that the faces of George, Abe, Roosevelt, and Jefferson would somehow appear on it, I would have to really sit down and determine whether or not to have them hauled off to the loony bin. Luckily, the artists responsible for Mount Rushmore, Gutzon and Lincoln Borglum didn't let anything stop them because this is truly a remarkable work of art and a must see if you're passing through the area.

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October 2, 2013

You're planning a roadtrip, right? It's Mt. Rushmore! Go see it if you haven't yet. Pay to park. There is also a fantastic little tourist town below, which I enjoyed as much as the memorial itself - great place to grab dinner, a beer, and as many Mt. Rushmore novelties as one would ever want. The scenery is gorgeous and the air is fresh. There was a laser light show after dark. My parents loved the photos and I'll probably see them again in the Christmas card.

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July 3, 2014

A must see! Very patriotic place. Go late afternoon, eat a buffalo burger in the cafe, stay for the illumination ceremony--bring a jacket and blanket as it gets cool. This is an amazing place!

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Rated 5.0 November 18, 2014

$11 for parking is the total fee for your entire family to get in for the year! The evening show is the most amazing presentation. If you do not feel patriotic and inspired after that I do not know what will make you feel that way. They brought all the veterans down at the end, and it was amazing!

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Rated 4.0 July 5, 2014

A great place to get your picture is from walking up to Grand View Terrace. Also, be aware that peak visiting time is June, July, and August, and traffic sometimes gets backed up, so be sure to get there early or late in the afternoon.

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The Mount Rushmore National Memorial is a sculpture carved into the granite face of Mount Rushmore near Keystone, South Dakota, in the United States. Sculpted by Danish-American Gutzon Borglum and his son, Lincoln Borglum, Mount Rushmore features 60-foot sculptures of the heads of four United States presidents: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. The entire memorial covers 1,278.45 acres and is 5,725 feet above sea level. South Dakota historian Doane Robinson is credited with conceiving the idea of carving the likenesses of famous people into the Black Hills region of South Dakota in order to promote tourism in the region. 

Robinson's initial idea was to sculpt the Needles; however, Gutzon Borglum rejected the Needles site because of the poor quality of the granite and strong opposition from environmentalists and Native American groups. They settled on the Mount Rushmore location, which also has the advantage of facing southeast for maximum sun exposure. Robinson wanted it to feature western heroes like Lewis and Clark, Red Cloud and Buffalo Bill Cody but Borglum decided the sculpture should have a more national focus, and chose the four presidents whose likenesses would be carved into the mountain.

After securing federal funding, construction on the memorial began in 1927, and the presidents' faces were completed between 1934 and 1939. Upon Gutzon Borglum's death in March 1941, his son Lincoln Borglum took over construction. Although the initial concept called for each president to be depicted from head to waist, lack of funding forced construction to end in late October 1941. The U.S. National Park Service took control of the memorial in 1933, while it was still under construction, and has managed the memorial to the present day. It attracts nearly three million people annually.

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Rated 4.0 July 21, 2014

This was amazing. Don't see it after Crazy Horse. We walked around the loop, not a bad little walk but does have some steep areas and lots of stairs. I would suggest starting out on the left side (looking at the memorial) and going that direction. Worth getting the audio tour as well.

Food is good but expensive. Plenty of gift shops and places to hang. Parking is overly abundant and there is a pet exercise area.

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February 27, 2013

Entrance to the park is free, but parking is $11.oo per car

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Rated 5.0 October 11, 2014

This was breathtaking. We arrived early in late September and there were very few fellow tourists. Even though it was very foggy we still enjoyed seeing it. The drive is also beautiful both to the mount and away (south). I would love to go back. There are several campgrounds and cabins that we will stay at next time. The gift shop is very nice and have a lot of one of a kind items. Q

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Rated 5.0 October 9, 2014

This is spectacular.
I've heard it can be underwhelming but I just don't understand how people cannot be blown away by this structure.
We were there pretty early in the morning and it was not that busy. Not so busy that we had any trouble taking pics without annoying other tourists.

The walk up to the monument is stunning with the flags and plaques and overall I found it a fantastic place. We didn't stay for food / drink as we had a long journey ahead but the cafe seemed reasonably priced and the atmosphere was very pleasant.

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Rated 3.0 September 6, 2014

Very cool to see! Parking is $11 but the pass is good for the whole year. There's a nice gift shop and food shops up there too.

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Rated 5.0 September 1, 2014

It was an awsome trip from new york to here all alone.
Totally worth it. Love south dakota

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Rated 5.0 August 25, 2014

Pretty neat trip with the kids- 7 and 10. Mount Rushmore is definitely worth seeing!

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Rated 5.0 August 25, 2014

I mean, you have to see Mount Rushmore if you're in the Hills. I love the drive up to the monument, where you can see George peaking out every couple of turns. Once you get to the park, I recommend taking the walking path around the base of the statue, which provides some incredible views of the faces. And if you're visiting during the summer, try and make a lighting ceremony -- it's totally cool to see the monument light up in the darkness after a patriotic ceremony.

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August 17, 2014

It's smaller in person. But it's a must-see. Keep in mind that Interstate Annual Passes are not valid for parking here.

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Rated 5.0 July 30, 2014

Drive through Custer State Park/16A to get there and you'll see Mount Rushmore from other viewpoints. Parking fee is good til the end of the year (same license plate). Park ranger gave amazing history to make you appreciate how the monument was built.

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Rated 5.0 July 27, 2014

Beautiful and inspiring! The evening lighting ceremony is definitely worth the time, so stay for that. The Presidential trail is also worth the time and energy you can walk a loop trail along one side, across the front and then back along the other side. There are some great views and photo opportunities along the way. It is strenuous in some parts, with lots of stairs, so make sure you are capable of the hike.

We ate at the cafeteria, and the food was good, there were a lot of choices and the staff was very nice.

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Rated 5.0 July 22, 2014

Go early before all the crowds get there and go on the trails. Once you pay for parking you can return anytime within the year. I left once it started getting crowded and came back late for the lighting. Very cool experience!

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Rated 5.0 July 27, 2015

I wish I could have stayed for the lighting ceremony! It was so nice I saw it twice. It's obviously a point of pride for the U.S., so it's worth a visit if you're any where close.

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Rated 5.0 July 23, 2015

Must see

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Rated 5.0 July 20, 2015

Great piece of history!

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July 19, 2015

If you are on a road trip in the west, you need to see Mount Rushmore. The history is great and it's just one of those places that you can sit in sheer awe and amazement. It took an artist with a vision, 400 hundred men, leadership, and communication to make this monument become a reality! We heard that the night time presentation and lighting ceremony os beautiful. The timing just didn't work out for us. The walking path around the monument is lovely and it also gives you different vantage points for viewing the monument. The needle spired stones on the drive up to and away from the monument are AMAZING!! The drive is as great as the monument!!

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Rated 5.0 July 17, 2015

Great park. If you're up for a small walk, the President Walk is only .6 miles, but there are stairs. The ice cream scoops are enormous and you can order Jefferson's vanilla recipe. You can't miss patriotic ice cream.

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Rated 4.0 July 4, 2015

Great National park with plenty of locations to get great pictures. Heads up - your national parks pass is not vaild here; they do not charge for entrance to the park - they charge for parking. Tricky.

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Rated 4.0 July 1, 2015

Its Mt. Rushmore, I mean it's an American experience...

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Rated 4.0 June 26, 2015

Americana History! A must see for sure. Pay to park once and good for the rest of the year. Not necessary to stay till the lighting at 9pm if you have little ones. They show the movie about the making of the mountain (which is GREAT but I think it's the same movie you can view in the museum area). the lighting is not Disney...just a big white light shining on the mountain that is turned on and then the place closes down.

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Rated 5.0 June 19, 2015

It was beautiful and the kid's had a great time learning about how it was made.

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Rated 5.0 April 12, 2015

Go later in the day. It's usually busiest around 3 or 4 but it clears out a little later. Plus they do an illumination ceremony.

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Rated 5.0 April 8, 2015

This really is awesome to see. We went in early April and the place was almost empty. It was great! I was skeptical on if this was going to be worth the drive, but I had so much more fun than I imagined. The hills around are simply breath taking, and Mount Rushmore itself is just incredible to witness.

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Rated 5.0 March 30, 2015

Beautiful and well worth the trip!

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Rated 4.0 March 28, 2015

It is worth going just to eat the Thomas Jefferson vanilla ice cream! Oh and there's a big rock someone carved faces into. That ice cream though... It's so good!

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Rated 3.0 March 15, 2015

Ehhh, it's OK, but not that astounding. Atleast I can say I've been there.

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Rated 5.0 March 12, 2015

Really cool to visit! We went in March with beautiful weather and best part was it was empty! Sadly the "sculpture's studio" wasn't open but I left happy!

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Rated 5.0 November 30, 2014

worth the visit

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Rated 4.0 November 22, 2014

Holy parking maze. Holy gobs of people. It's a must stop, but be prepared to fight the crowds. The visitors center is extremely well done and educational. To fight the crowds a little, I recommend doing the short hike that goes through the forest and right under the rock face. There are still lots of people, but most of the older folk and younger babes are going to stay up near the visitors center.

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Rated 5.0 October 1, 2014

Mount rushmore is something I never thought I would see in my lifetime. It is a MUST stop without a doubt but everyone knows that!

Now for the photographers perspective. Show up just before sunrise as the parking attendant's won't have started yet and nothing beats the first light on the presidents faces!

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July 4, 2014

You can't miss it, and the road in the mountain to arrive there is very nice

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April 10, 2013

i love Mount Rushmore!!!!!!!!!!

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