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Mount Rushmore Introduction

Regarded as one of America's most iconic sights, Mount Rushmore National Memorial in Black Hills, South Dakota attracts between 2 and 3 million visitors each year. The 60-foot-high carvings of US presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln were created by sculptor Gutzon Borglum in 1924. It took Borglum and a 400-strong team of workers 14 years to complete the sculpture. The Presidential Trail provides close-up views of the of the sculpture. There's also a village highlighting American Indian communities, a sculptor's studio, a National Park Service visitor center, and a cafe on the grounds.

Hotels near Mount Rushmore

The closest accommodations to the monument are in Keystone, 3 miles north of the presidents' profiles. A broad range of hotels are available, from budget inns and motels offering indoor pools and free breakfast, to more upmarket properties with mountain views and exposed stone features; these often feature comfortable rooms, cozy bars with roaring log fires, and free hot breakfast. The busiest times to visit Mount Rushmore are in June, July, and August, when hotel prices peak. In spring, the temperatures drop and heavy rainfall is expected, but you're also likely to find the best hotel bargains.

Where to stay near Mount Rushmore

The Mount Rushmore National Monument is in the Black Hills National Forest and includes the Mount Rushmore Visitors Center, a museum, and a cafe. To remain close, stay 3 miles northeast in Keystone, the gateway town to Mount Rushmore. This small former mining town is a popular vacation destination with several hotels, gift shops, and restaurants catering for Mount Rushmore's many visitors. Natural history buffs may want to stay in Hill City, offering several hotels 12 miles northwest of the monument, and another former mining town that found fame as the home of 'Sue', the skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus Rex.

Things to see near Mount Rushmore

Don't miss a glimpse into the work behind Mount Rushmore's iconic profiles at the Sculptor's Studio (open May to October). It's situated inside the Mount Rushmore National Park Service Visitors Center, a 6-minute walk from the presidents. See movies depicting the construction at the Lincoln Borglum Museum, which presents exhibits and 2 theaters. In Keystone, 2 miles northeast, visit the National Presidential Wax Museum, which features high-profile presidential figures created by leading wax sculptor, Katherine Stubergh. Drive 17 miles southwest of Rushmore to witness the Crazy Horse Memorial, an unfinished giant carving of Crazy Horse, an Oglala Lakota warrior.

How to get to Mount Rushmore

The only way to reach Mount Rushmore is by car or private tour bus. It's situated off SR-244 and 2 miles from Highway 16A, and there's ample parking on-site. The nearest airport to the iconic monument is Rapid City Regional Airport, a 32-mile drive northeast of Rushmore. While it's not a means of getting to and from the monument, steam train fanatics will enjoy a ride on the Black Hills Central Railroad, a heritage steam train which runs a 10-mile route between Hill City and Keystone. Service is seasonal, operating between May and October.