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One of the most iconic sights in the United States, Mount Rushmore appears on countless posters, TV shows, films and postcards around the world. Featuring 60-foot high sculptures of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln, the monument attracts visitors from far and wide. As well as the chance to learn more about America’s early leaders, Mount Rushmore, and the area that surrounds it, offers lots for visitors to do, including hiking, climbing, horse riding, biking and fishing, making it the perfect destination for holidaymakers looking to combine a bit of history with a break in the great outdoors.
Mount Rushmore –South Dakota’s most popular tourist attraction, Mount Rushmore attracts over two million people every year. Visitors to the site can learn about its creation and conservation in the Mount Rushmore visitor centre, pose for photos in front of the monument itself and admire the beautiful and unique landscape that surrounds the site.
The Presidential Trail – This short walking trail offers visitors great views of Mount Rushmore and the surrounding area as it winds its way around the site. The path leads sightseers past the Sculptor’s Studio, a fascinating spot that offers an insight into the construction of Mount Rushmore.
Hill City - One of the nearest settlements to Mount Rushmore, Hill City boasts a choice of amenities including restaurants, accommodation and shops. The town also offers a great selection of activities with guided horse rides, mountain bike rental and gold panning all available.
Keystone - Like Hill City, Keystone offers visitors to Mount Rushmore a convenient and picturesque place to eat, sleep and shop. It also boasts a stunning setting, miniature golf course, horse rides and a chairlift. Visitors who want to get a new perspective on Mount Rushmore can enjoy a breathtaking helicopter ride over the site or head into the network of caves that lie below the nearby hills.
With each of the presidents’ faces 60-foot high, it can be hard to drag your eyes away from Mount Rushmore to look at anything else. Apart from the stunning landscape that surrounds the site, the other main attraction is the nearby Crazy Horse Memorial. Under construction since 1948, the monument is being built to honour local Native American peoples and raise awareness of their culture and history. Once complete, it will be the largest sculpture in the world.
The area around Mount Rushmore is wild, rugged and packed with opportunities to get out and get active. A huge variety of outdoor sports are available nearby, with hiking, climbing, biking and hunting among the most popular. Holidaymakers who want to delve further into the region’s history can also visit a number of ancient and prehistoric sites in the local area, including Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village and The Mammoth Site. In the evenings, visitors can find good food and welcoming restaurants in both Keystone and Hill City, while an onsite cafe provides hungry sightseers with sustenance during the day.