• South Dakota
  • Established October 31, 1941
  • 2 square miles

Most Americans probably don’t recognize the names Doane Robinson or Gutzon Borglum. But we all owe these two men a mountain-sized debt of gratitude. Robinson is often referred to the as the ‘father of Mt. Rushmore’. He wanted to create an attraction that would draw visitors from all over the US to his state of South Dakota. He then contacted Borglum who identified Mount Rushmore as a perfect location for a grand monument. Robinson worked with President Calvin Coolidge, and other officials to gain support in Congress and the funding to proceed. Construction on the memorial began in 1927, and the presidents’ faces were completed between 1934 and 1939. Upon Gutzon Borglum’s death in March 1941, his son Lincoln Borglum took over construction.

The magnificent 60-foot high sculptures of the heads of four United States presidents are carved into the granite face of Mt. Rushmore: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln. Nearly 3 million people from around the world visit Mount Rushmore every year.

National Parks Revealed often includes a private guided tour of Mount Rushmore on itineraries in and around the Black Hills of South Dakota. Other attractions that make for a full day include Custer State Park, Crazy Horse Memorial, and Jewel Cave National Monument. Our expert guides like to take our guests to Mount Rushmore first thing in the morning when it is less crowded. We often take our guests back in the evening for the nightly lighting ceremony (featuring the illumination of the faces of the four presidents accompanied by “America the Beautiful” and “The Star Spangled Banner”). Days spent in and around the Black Hills and Badlands region of South Dakota are an immersive experience for travelers with a passion for US history, geology, native American culture, paleontology and wildlife viewing.