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MOUNT RUSHMORE NATIONAL MEMORIAL

Nestled in the Black Hills of South Dakota, Mount Rushmore National Memorial tells an incredible story of America. From rich native history to ongoing preservation, visitors to the park are immersed in the legacy of one of the nation’s most recognized memorials.

There’s much to see and do at and around Mount Rushmore—from ranger programs to hiking trails to fishing in Grizzly Bear Creek. Surrounded by a ponderosa pine forest and steely pinnacles and spires, the young and the young-at-heart will find adventure in this rich cultural and natural landscape.

Be sure to check this one off your bucket list! Get up close with George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln to celebrate the birth, growth, development, and preservation of America.

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

Top Attractions

Get up close and personal with the history of Mount Rushmore National Memorial and its legacy by exploring various exhibits at the Sculptor’s Studio or the Lincoln Borglum Museum. Take your time exploring the beautiful grounds and breathtaking scenery.

Must-Do Activity

Not to be missed, the Avenue of Flags is an awe-inspiring experience that will remind you of the rich heritage and ideals represented by each of the 56 flags located along the paved walkway. Take a stroll in the shadow of Mount Rushmore and celebrate the beauty of diversity.

Off the Beaten Path

With over 160 caches hidden within 45 miles of Rapid City and dozens more inside the Black Hills, a geocaching adventure is a must-do for visitors to Mount Rushmore. Grab your family, grab your phone, and begin your noble quest!

Insider's Tip

Attend the beautiful Evening Lighting Ceremony on your first day in Mount Rushmore. An inspiring and thought-provoking experience, it will make you excited to return on day two for hikes, talks, and tours!

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