Mount Rushmore National Memorial

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Mount Rushmore National Memorial

Mount Rushmore National Memorial
National Parks • Monuments & Statues
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5:00 AM - 11:00 PM
5:00 AM - 11:00 PM
5:00 AM - 11:00 PM
5:00 AM - 11:00 PM
5:00 AM - 11:00 PM
5:00 AM - 11:00 PM
5:00 AM - 11:00 PM
5:00 AM - 11:00 PM
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Sculptor Gutzon Borglum created this famous mountainside carving of the visages of four great American presidents: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt.
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Christiansburg, VA1,374 contributions
Jun 2021
Mount Rushmore was a bucket list site for me and I must say it exceeded my expectations. Admission to Mount Rushmore is technically free but there is a charge for parking that is administered by a private vendor. Upon arrival employees will direct you to available parking lots or garage. Once parked you can immediately pay for parking at one of several kiosks. Parking is a set fee no matter how long you stay, so I would strongly recommend that you pay for parking upon arrival before beginning your visit. Later in the day when people are leaving there is often lines at the kiosks. Hang on to your paid receipt as you will need to scan the bar code to exit the lot or garage. Once I paid for parking, I began my visit. I arrived shortly after 9 a.m. in the morning and plaza was already crowded. As you make your way up the central plaza you are treated with an Iconic view of the presidents. It is truly a spectacular site. One both sides of the central plaza are various shops that sell concession and souvenirs. These shops can be quite crowded so be patient. Are several spots around the monument I encountered Rangers and Volunteers conducting programs. I managed to catch a couple of these programs and found that they were very informative. I would highly recommend that if you have the time to take in some of these free presentations. All the rangers and volunteers were very polite and helpful and more than willing to answer any questions you may have. Once you get past the first awe inspiring views, be sure to visit the Lincoln Borglum Visitors Center and The Sculptures Studio. Finally, if you have the time, I highly recommend taking the Presidential Trail along the base of the monument. It is an easy walk along a paved path with on a could of small hills to climb. It is about a half mile loop and affords you some awesome view of the Presidents. Mount Rushmore should be on everyone’s bucket list. It definitely exceeded my expectations
Written March 28, 2022
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Wendy N
Kissimmee, FL614 contributions
Jun 2022
Definitely a must see when in the Black hills. It opens at 5 am and this is the best time to take photographs if you want the Avenue of Flags to be empty. Walking the Presidents trail is quiet and serene early in the morning. The smell of the pines was amazing! The sculptors studio and visitor center have lots of informative info on the carving of the monument. There is no fee however it is a fee for parking but it is good for 7 days so venture back in the evening for the lighting ceremony if you can. This is one monument not to miss!
Written June 15, 2022
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Jaymi F
43 contributions
Jun 2021 • Family
We went late June in the evening to visit the monument. The weather was beautiful, and the crowds were much more manageable than expected. Parking was only $10, with stairs and elevators available in the parking garage. There are multiple payment kiosks to pay for parking, so no waiting in line. Walking was easy. The walk to the flag area was slightly uphill, but nothing too strenuous. We stayed for the 9 PM lighting ceremony, which was very informative, interesting and made all 6 of us (including a 7 year old) feel very proud to be from the United States. They honored all of the current and past service men and women in the audience at the lighting ceremony, and it was very touching.

Our only complaint is that the cafe was closed by 5 PM, when times were advertised as being open until 9 PM. We ended up having to leave for dinner and return afterwards, which required us to pay parking twice and miss going into the museum portion of the monument. So, I would recommend looking into times or calling to make sure you’ve got the right information about how long those areas are open. Google and the website had contradicting information.

Overall though, our experience was wonderful, and we highly recommend you planning on visiting at some point!

Firestone Family from Clovis NM
Written June 29, 2021
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Hamilton, MI2 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
This is a must see for all Americans! It is more than just the monument that you can see from various parts of the area. We listened to a park ranger talk that was more than worth the $10 for parking. I highly recommend taking the time to visit and appreciate everything that went into creating it. It will also give you a great appreciation for our country.
Written October 22, 2021
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Minnesota695 contributions
Jul 2020
Have visited the monument many times, but this was our first return in 5 years. Sometimes changes are not for the better. I would still recommend going to see the monument, but go early, otherwise the crowds, noise and long waits will ruin your experience. The memorial is in the middle of a major (unnecessary) construction project and the changes have ruined the Avenue of Flags in my opinion.

The parking system has also changed- there used to be actual people to talk to, buy your parking pass from, etc. Now you take a ticket and pay as you're walking up to the memorial, after you park, at an automated machine ($10, waiting in a long line of people). Then, you wait in line in your car to exit at the end of your visit, and enter your parking pass in another automated machine to prove that you parked before the gate will raise and let you leave. Imagine the hundreds of cars parked there and the backlog that happens when many of us are trying to leave at the same time, through TWO exit lanes that snake back through the parking lots. I did not see any other exits. There is room at the entrance to the monument for cars to be lined up- not at the exit.

A quick visit to the gift shop and a look at some of the price tags put the cap on our sad visit to Mount Rushmore- $80 for a sweatshirt, $18 for a pair of socks. Come on.
Written July 31, 2020
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Lisa G
Aurora, IN531 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
Seeing something like this that you've heard about your whole life is hard to describe. What was accomplished is amazing. You can actually see the Monument from the road as you approach. When you enter there is a huge viewing area but I recommend walking the Presidential trail for a lot of interesting views. It is pretty easy but there are a lot of steps. (If you don't want to/can't do steps, enter the trail on the left as you face the monument because you can go a fair piece before there are any steps.) The museum under the main viewing area has a lot of good information and pictures. We arrived after 1 on a Saturday in June and had no problem finding a parking space. You only pay for parking and it is relatively inexpensive. Check out the website for specific prices.
Written June 25, 2022
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Charleston, SC411 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
We visited late August, I recommend clothing for warm weather during the day but bring a light jacket for the evening. It is $10 to park and roam at your leisure. There is the Presidential Trail which will take you right up to the base of the mountain and then around to the front again. It has a lot of steps!! The night light ceremony lasts about 30 minutes. They offer self guided audio tours as well.
Written August 25, 2021
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West Virginia408 contributions
May 2022
must see in America. be prepared to be awestruck. entrance to the memorial is free. senior parking is $5, Take your ticket to the cafe when you order your food to pay for the parking, and then when you leave the parking lot, you insert your paid ticket into the machine to be able to leave. Regular parking is $10. The artist studio is open seasonally but if you are there when it is open, be sure to go. Be sure to take the trail that goes along the base of the memorial and go to see the illumination at nightfall. there is seating at the open amphitheater.
Written May 16, 2022
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Frisco, TX451 contributions
Jun 2022
This had been on my Bucket List for 47 years and it did not disappoint! Beautiful and serene area with these amazing sculptures of our historical figures. I would recommend every US citizen Come see this gorgeous National Park.. We walked the trails and watched the video and learned a lot about how much work and artistry went into making this.
Written June 26, 2022
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Matt E
Cheyenne, WY157 contributions
Sep 2021
All and all I had a bit of fun seeing it. It was on my list to visit, so when I was in the area seeing Devils Tower I just had to drive on over to take a look (only about 2 hrs away).

It was a little bother getting to. Lots of cars meandering though a very touristy city you have to drive though.

Once you get to the park, expect to pay 10$ for your parking. That said, they had lots and lots of spaces open so honestly that is just fine. A short walk from the car and there you are. There are a number of things to do at the memorial, but if you just want to take a look it of the Mount they make it very easy to bop in and out.

Do not forget your parking ticket, because you will have to feed it, and your 10$, into an automated pay system before you can get your car out.

While I am sure they have wonderful places to stay in the area, I passed on that and just got a hotel room in Rapid City. Only about 30 min away from the Memorial.
Written September 26, 2021
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