Top

Stay in the loop!

Want to know when we share big things? Subscribe today & keep up-to-date with our posts.


Top 5 Things To Do At Mount Rushmore

If you’ve visited Rapid City you know on every street corner Downtown you’ll find a past president. Famous poses from their presidencies are eternally sculpted and on display. These 43 + presidents were inspired by something bigger though, a monument that is world renowned and receives millions of visitors each year. I’m talking about Mount Rushmore National Memorial. With Presidents Day upon us, take a moment to find how you can celebrate our past leaders at Mount Rushmore. 

 

A post shared by Visit Rapid City (@visitrapidcity) on

1. Take It In 

I remember the first time I saw Mount Rushmore, it’s something you don’t easily forget. I was in the second grade on a class field trip. I walked up, looked at the faces and felt a sense of patriotism I didn’t understand at that age. I have been to the memorial a lot more in the past two years, each time I drive up the winding road and see George’s profile on the horizon and get the chills. When you visit, wait a moment before you take a picture and appreciate what is in front of you. It’s a moment you will never forget. 

 

A post shared by Visit Rapid City (@visitrapidcity) on

2. Walk On The Presidential Trail 

What I love about Mount Rushmore is the detail sculptor Gutzon Borglum put into this carving. He knew the importance of each blast that took place during its construction. His attention to detail shows when you walk the Presidential Trail. As you walk, you can see a different perspective that showcases each face differently. Stop at the viewing points for unique photo opportunities and find facts and figures about each of the faces. 

 

A post shared by Visit Rapid City (@visitrapidcity) on

3. Visit The Sculptors Studio 

One of the best things to do at Mount Rushmore is paying a visit to the Sculptors Studio. This little building along the presidential trail lets you see Borglum’s full vision for the mountain and answers any questions you may have about Mount Rushmore. A little-known fact is, Mount Rushmore never reached his vision. I love seeing what the mountain could have looked like and learning the meaning behind each face. 

 

A post shared by Visit Rapid City (@visitrapidcity) on

4. Visit At Night 

The most inspiring experience I’ve had at Mount Rushmore is watching the Evening Lighting Ceremony. This is a nightly ceremony takes place May through October. Watching the program and hearing the national anthem sang as the sun sets and the faces light up gave me the goosebumps big time. 

Mount-Rushmore_Vagabond3_1.jpg

5. Treat Yourself 

No matter what time of year you visit, you’ve got to try ice cream made from Thomas Jefferson’s original recipe. What better way to top off a historic day at Mount Rushmore than literally eating history?

 

The four faces of Mount Rushmore have inspired many big things throughout the years, including the City of Presidents in Rapid City. After you spend a monumental day at Mount Rushmore come back and find your Rushmore in Rapid City.

City-of-Presidents-at-Mt.-Rushmore-with-Artists_0.jpg

To Learn more about Mount Rushmore:

Subscribe to our E-Newsletter

Request a Visitors Guide

Follow us on Social Media

Subscribe to the Blog

Meet the Author

Anne Orban

Anne was born and raised in the Rushmore State and is so glad to call a place with so much beauty home. After spending a few short years away in college, she is happy to be back in the place she loves most, Rapid City.  

latest blog posts

Anne Orban
Social Media and Content Developer

Anne was born and raised in the Rushmore State and is so glad to call a place with so much beauty home. After spending a few short years away in college, she is happy to be back in the place she loves most, Rapid City.  

Anne tries to live her life authentically documenting everything with her trusty Nikon D5200. She can often be found writing in coffee shops, on a new hiking trail with friends, or walking her beagle in any of the parks around town. As a perpetual wanderlust, Anne has taken a few road trips and plans on taking many more. Her favorite past time is playing tourist in her own back yard and finding hidden treasures in the Black Hills.

View More

Latest Blog Post

  • Top Picks For Outdoor Adventure At Nine Parks & Monuments
    April 11, 2018 - Lisa
  • Latest Blog Post

  • The Mount Rushmore of Summer Vacations
    April 9, 2018 - Ginny
  • 8 Great Reasons to Love Spring in the Black Hills
    January 29, 2018 - Ginny
  • Four Ways Rapid City Lives Up To The Hype
    June 23, 2016 - Ginny
  • Latest Blog Post

  • 5 Reasons I Love Downtown Rapid City
    April 6, 2018 - Anne
  • Unexpected Animal Sightings Within 30 Minutes Of Rapid City
    February 15, 2018 - Anne
  • Top 5 Things To Do At Mount Rushmore
    February 8, 2018 - Anne
  • Latest Blog Post

  • Top 5 Trails Within 30 Minutes of Rapid City
    March 8, 2018 - Michaela
  • Rapid City from Michaela’s point of view.
    October 17, 2016 - Michaela
  • Mount Rushmore Questions You’ve Been Dying to Ask
    August 7, 2016 - Michaela
  • Latest Blog Post

  • Make Unbearably Perfect Memories at Bear Country USA
    March 2, 2018 - Jennifer
  • Top 5 Spring Break Ideas for Cool Moms
    January 5, 2018 - Jennifer
  • The Most Exciting Social Event Of The Summer
    May 25, 2017 - Jennifer
  • Latest Blog Post

  • IN HISTORY: Rapid City Founded, Feb. 24, 1876
    February 22, 2018 - Black Hills Knowledge Network
  • IN HISTORY: Black Hills Spruce Serves As White House Christmas Tree
    December 14, 2017 - Black Hills Knowledge Network
  • IN HISTORY: Billy Mills Wins 10K Olympic Race In Tokyo
    November 3, 2017 - Black Hills Knowledge Network
  • Latest Blog Post

  • Refresh Your Adventure At Rapid City Microbreweries
    January 16, 2018 - Stephen Sebestyen
  • Latest Blog Post

  • Forget 12 Days of Christmas
    December 19, 2017 - Shiloh
  • Experience the Magic at Storybook Island
    November 21, 2017 - Shiloh
  • Add Some Color to Your Life
    September 14, 2017 - Shiloh
  • Latest Blog Post

  • Big, Bold Flavors Where The Buffalo Roam
    December 8, 2017 - Danielle
  • An Oz Experience: Flying With The Oldest Balloon Company In The USA
    February 7, 2017 - Danielle
  • 3 Firehouse Brewing Co. Food Choices and Reasons for All of Them
    January 13, 2017 - Danielle
  • Latest Blog Post

  • Amazing Rush Season 2: Day One Adventures
    October 27, 2017 - Tyson
  • Amazing Rush Season 2: Day Two Adventures
    October 27, 2017 - Tyson
  • Amazing Rush Season 1: Day One Adventures
    October 26, 2017 - Tyson
  • Latest Blog Post

  • In The Spirit Of The Season: The Story Of Devils Tower National Monument
    October 10, 2017 - Amanda Hitchcock
  • Latest Blog Post

  • Rapid City's Wildside
    October 5, 2017 - Adrian Munoz
  • Latest Blog Post

  • How To Get The Most Out Of A Black Hills Adventure
    August 17, 2017 - Chris Brinlee Jr.
  • 10 Must-Do Adventures in Rapid City
    August 1, 2017 - Chris Brinlee Jr.
  • Latest Blog Post

  • Rapid City - Reptile Gardens, Bear Country USA, Watiki Water Park, Outdoor Campus West
    July 7, 2017 - Heather & Pete Reese
  • Custer State Park Jeep Tour, Chuckwagon, Buffalo, Antelope!
    July 6, 2017 - Heather & Pete Reese
  • Rapid City Day 3 - Mount Rushmore, Adventure Park, Cave Exploring!
    July 6, 2017 - Heather & Pete Reese
  • Latest Blog Post

  • Beginners Guide: Being A Tourist In Your Backyard
    June 2, 2017 - Tessa
  • Latest Blog Post

  • The adventure of a lifetime in Rapid City
    March 20, 2017 - Ellen and Mike
  • Latest Blog Post

  • Basil, Tomatoes, Olive Oil, Wine…Just A Few Of My Favs
    January 27, 2017 - Stacie
  • 1,200 Degrees of Taste Bud Paradise
    January 15, 2017 - Stacie
  • Latest Blog Post

  • A Black Hills Winter
    December 23, 2016 - Jesse
  • Latest Blog Post

  • Travelin with Tiff: Rush Mountain Adventure Park
    December 13, 2016 - Tiffany
  • Latest Blog Post

  • Rapid City Blog: Trail System
    November 14, 2016 - Aiden Lynn-Klimenko & Madison Perrins
  • Rapid City Blog: Spearfish Canyon
    September 25, 2016 - Aiden Lynn-Klimenko & Madison Perrins
  • Latest Blog Post

  • Black Hills Powwow: A Kaleidoscope of Color
    October 30, 2016 - Kris Monroe
  • Latest Blog Post

  • Downtown Trails and Recreation
    July 5, 2016 - Lisa
  • Latest Blog Post

  • 3 Mountain Bike Rides to Jump Start Your Black Hills Adventures
    May 20, 2016 - Craig
  • Latest Blog Post

  • Shredding in the Black Hills
    March 10, 2016 - Bill
  • Latest Blog Post

  • Downtown Shopping
    February 25, 2016 - Sarah
  • Rapid City Myth Busting
    February 8, 2016 - Sarah
  • My Favorite Parks and Monuments
    January 29, 2016 - Sarah