Mount Rushmore National Memorial (United States)

Mount Rushmore National Memorial Travel Guide and Trip Resources

Aaron Vowels

Must see

Mount Rushmore National Memorial is one of America's must-see sights
4 presidents (Lincoln, Roosevelt, Jefferson and Washington) are carved out from the granite mountain
The Black Hills region is versatile and is a great backdrop to anything active

If 400 people worked on something for 14 years you can rest assured that the end result will be something of enormous proportions. Mount Rushmore National Park, in the American state of South Dakota near Rapid City, is exactly that.

Between the years 1927 and 1941 workers arduously carved the faces of Lincoln, Roosevelt, Jefferson and Washington into Mount Rushmore, in a process that involved huge amounts of dynamite (6,000 pounds for Washington's face alone!).

This is South Dakota's top attraction, bringing in 3 million visitors a year who besides gawking at the mountain from the Grand View Terrace typically spend some time in the visitor center, Sculptor's Studio and walk the Presidential trail.

If you have some more time to spare, the Black Hills region with its thick pine forests and rock formations make for an excellent backdrop to a hike or anything active, really.

Note that while the park charges no entrance fees, the parking fees are quite punitive. [Review by travelindicator]

Key info

  • Mount Rushmore National Memorial is a region in United States. It is situated at an altitude of 5591ft and the best airport to fly into is RAP (Regional, Rapid City)
  • The main spoken language here is English, and the average English skill is high
  • The currency used in United States is the US dollar (USD)

Mount Rushmore National Memorial Weather

Historical average maximum temperature per month (℉):

36 37 43 52 61 72 79 79 68 55 43 36

Historical average rainfall per month (inches):

0.4 0.7 1.2 2.2 4.2 3.4 2.9 2 1.8 1.7 0.6 0.4

More Mount Rushmore National Memorial travel resources

First and foremost, read up on all things practical at the National Park Service, after which you can head over to Fodor's, the Huff Post or Wikitravel.

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