Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Visiting a national memorial can be breathtaking, especially when it involves 60-feet of presidential portraits carved into granite at Mount Rushmore National Memorial. So, where is Mount Rushmore? Right in the Black Hills of South Dakota, about 30-mintues southwest of Rapid City where visitors can find a wide range of hotels, dining, and shopping options before-and-after meeting George, Thomas, Teddy, and Abe.
Whether you’re taking selfies with the presidents, find yourself hiking the Presidential Trail, or indulging in Thomas Jefferson’s original ice cream recipe, things to do during your Mount Rushmore vacation are plentiful, enjoyable and just plain delicious.
For more information, please call 605-718-8484 or visit the Mount Rushmore National Memorial page on the National Park Service website.
Taking a Mount Rushmore vacation means more than seeing a national monument. The things to do around and at Mount Rushmore 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.
Every year starting the Friday before Memorial Day, the Mount Rushmore illumination is accompanied by Park Ranger talks about its storied history. Although the Park Ranger talks stop mid-September, the sculpture is illuminated after sunset all year.
Sculpture Illumination Hours:
Mid-March to late May: Sunset - 11:00 p.m.
Late May to mid-August: 9:30 - 11:00 p.m.
Mid-August to early October: 8:30 - 11:00 p.m.
Early October to mid-March: Sunset - 9:00 p.m.
- Cars, Motorcycles and RVs - $10,
- Seniors - $5
- Free Active Duty Military
- Commercial Tour Bus - $50*
- Verified, non-profit Educational Bus - $25*
- *Parking passes for buses are valid for 24 hours from time of first entry.
- Pay stations accept most major credit cards or cash for parking fees.