Mount Rushmore National Memorial : more than just carving in the mountain

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Near Keystone, South Dakota, is the Mount Rushmore National Memorial, originally was meant to be as a way of promoting tourism in this area where the local economy needs visiting tourists, the 18 m (60 foot) sculpture was started in 1927 and was finished in 1941.

The impact of Mount Rushmore National Memorial on tourism

The memorial facial portray of past Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln is responsible for bringing around over 2 million visitors to Dakota each year.

Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Mount Rushmore National Memorial

Mount Rushmore National Memorial is more than just carving in the mountain

Although it doesn’t appear to be having that much, in order to keep visitors at the area for a whole day,  prepare yourself to spend more time there as Mount Rushmore is more than just a historical carving in the face of a mountain.

1. wildlife

During the day, take a privilege of the area to go riding or biking, there’s a lot of wildlife in the Black Hills to provide photograph opportunities and to enjoy younger members of the family.

Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Wildlife at Mount Rushmore National Memorial

2. The Lincoln Borglum Museum

Try to cool off a little in the Lincoln Borglum Museum which shows a thirteen minute movie about Mount Rushmore national memorial.

3. Walk along the Presidential Trail

Afterwards take a walk along the Presidential Trail which begins at the Grand view Terrace (above the theater), which is the best viewing places of the memorial.

Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Mount Rushmore National Memorial

4. The Sculptor’s Studio

The presidential trail ends at the Sculptor’s Studio, where you can learn more about how the memorial was created on such huge scale.

5. Ranger program for children

If you have children, there’s also a children’s program controlled by a ranger which lasts about half an hour accompanied by parents.

Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Ranger Program for children

6. Lighting Ceremony at the amphitheater

When dusk falls the rangers make an evening lighting ceremony in the amphitheater and is telling more information about how the sculpture was created.


Try to organize your visit if you don’t have time, so that you don’t only enjoy the memorial in the sunlight, but also can experience the majestic view of seeing the memorial sculpture illuminated against the dark evening sky.