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Have you ever needed a reason to hop in the car and just drive somewhere? Mount Rushmore in South Dakota is one of the best reasons for a road trip. It’s a destination you’re sure to talk about for years after your visit!

Mount Rushmore is an American National Monument high in the Black Hills of South Dakota. It commemorates the contributions of Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln. The Monument represents the first 150 years of American history and integrity these Presidents stood for.

The faces were sculpted by Danish immigrant Gutzon Borglum in the 1930’s at the request of the current President, Calvin Coolidge. Borglum began drilling into the 6,200-foot granite mountain in 1927 and took 14 years and $1 million to finish the project! The faces are each 60-feet high and tower 5,500 feet above sea level. They are scaled to men who would stand 465 feet tall! They are a phenomenal sight. While it is not possible to climb the Monument, the Visitor Center is located at the base of the Mountain and gives a wonderful view of the area. Helicopter rides are also available in Keystone, a town just a few miles below the Monument.

The busiest season for tourist viewing runs from June to July each year, with thousands visiting the park and participating in interpretive programs, exhibits and hikes. The programs highlight the work of each of the four presidents during their lifetimes. They also tell about Borglum’s life and artistry. Several of his smaller pieces of art are on display in the workshop museum.

So take a road trip this summer and make Mount Rushmore in the Black Hills of South Dakota your destination. You'll find history in a breath-taking setting!

Find Mount Rushmore National Memorial in the Black Hills of South Dakota by traveling 25 miles southwest of Rapid City, South Dakota, on U.S. Highway 16. You’ll enter the town of Keystone on U.S. Highway 16A just three miles from the monument.