Mount Rushmore National Memorial is a massive sculpture carved into the mountains located in the Black Hills region of South Dakota. Sculptor Gutzon Borglum immortalized Presidents Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt on a 5,725-foot-tall stone mountain. Mount Rushmore has been on my list of places to see for some time. I find it truly fascinating how this sculpture was created.
There is no entrance fee to see Mount Rushmore, there is however a $10 parking fee which is good for 1 year. I highly recommend arriving early. We arrived around 8:30/9:00 AM and had no trouble parking or walking around taking pictures without tourist blocking our view. I honestly wish we had gotten there around 7:30 AM, we probably would have had the place to ourselves. When we left the park, the line was down the street to get in. I would encourage you to visit the museum when you first arrive. There you will learn exactly how and why Mt. Rushmore was carved. This will give you a real appreciation for what these gentlemen went through to build and create the wonder you see before you. While you are in the museum, there is also a theater where you can watch a short film on the construction of Mt. Rushmore.
The Carvers’ Marketplace is the only dining facility and serves a variety of foods if you want to stay for lunch or dinner. There is also an ice cream parlor for dessert!
Mt. Rushmore does welcome all service animals, but pets are not allowed. You can bring them on the grounds, but they are not allowed into the park. There were many people outside standing with their pups. I believe they were just passing through so I understand not wanting to miss Mt. Rushmore, even if it was just for a photo-op.
We chose Rapid City as our home base while visiting Mt. Rushmore. This region has an abundance of other fun activities, check out our post on Wind Cave National Park, The Badlands National Park & Wall Drug for more ideas on ways to squeeze in as much as you can while exploring the area.
Hi my name is Michelle. My daughter and I travel as often as we can and on an extremely tight budget. We have adopted the motto Live Simple. Spend Less. Travel Often. It has truly changed our lives. I hope that you will follow along with us and please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about any of the places we have been. Thank you!