Mount Rushmore Vacations

Things to Do Near Mount Rushmore

Of course Rapid City is a favorite place to stay amongst Mount Rushmore travelers! Just 30 minutes from the famous faces, Rapid City’s vibrant downtown plays host to tons of fun events, local restaurants, and eclectic shopping that both visitors and locals love. Not to mention, it’s close to other big things like Bear Country USA where you can have a meet-and-greet with cuddly cubs, Custer State Park where buffalo literally roam, and the picturesque Badlands. It’s no wonder Rapid City is the preferred hub for visitors to the Black Hills and beyond. It’s kind of a big deal.

Nearby Attractions

Rapid City isn’t just close to Mount Rushmore; it’s surrounded by big things to do! From family-friendly attractions like Dinosaur Park and historic rides aboard the 1880 Train, to Black Hills Caverns adventures and even coming face-to-face with a baby crocodile at Reptile Gardens, your trip to, from, and around Mount Rushmore is sure to be filled with excitement.

Be sure not to miss these must-see attractions, all less than 30 minutes from downtown Rapid City and on the way to- or from Mount Rushmore:


Plan Your Mount Rushmore Vacation

Taking a Mount Rushmore vacation means more than seeing a national monument. The things to do around and at Mount Rushmore, plus the array of places, provide an experience to last a lifetime. Admiring the craftsmanship of the massive sculpture carved 60-feet tall into the granite mountain is a speechless moment. With plenty of accommodation options around Mount Rushmore, plus even more sights and things to do just 30-minutes away in downtown Rapid City, you’ll be sure to rest easy after your day of exploring.

Renovations to the Mount Rushmore National Memorial will begin during the Fall of 2018. Updates include the Avenue of Flags, parts of the Presidential Trail, and other areas in the park. Be sure to come back in 2019 to see what’s new during your Mount Rushmore vacation.