Mount Rushmore.

Mount Rushmore

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Keystone, South Dakota

Four big President heads carved into a mountainside: Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt. It killed its sculptor, Gutzon Borglum, and had to be completed by his son. Mount Rushmore is not part of the Grand Canyon (although some tourists think it is) and it's a road trip destination that most Americans feel they have to visit, although they may not understand exactly why ("Must... see... big... heads!"). An iconic image that's inspired countless small-scale imitations.

You'd think it had been around forever, but Mount Rushmore is younger than television and Batman.

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Mount Rushmore

Mount Rushmore National Memorial

13000 Hwy. 244, Keystone, SD
Mount Rushmore National Memorial. I-90 exit at Rapid City. Follow US Hwy 16 southwest to Keystone and then Hwy 244 to Mount Rushmore. From the south follow Hwy 385 north to Hwy 244 to Mount Rushmore.
Varies by season (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Entry gate: $10 to park
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Nearby Offbeat Places

National Presidential Wax MuseumNational Presidential Wax Museum, Keystone, SD - 2 mi.
Large Mt. Rushmore ChairLarge Mt. Rushmore Chair, Keystone, SD - 2 mi.
Borglum Historical Center, Rushmore Borglum StoryBorglum Historical Center, Rushmore Borglum Story, Keystone, SD - 2 mi.
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Buffalo Chip Sign and Big Motorcycle Motor, Sturgis, SD - 37 mi.

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