Welcome to Mt Rushmore

You can easily escape the crowds and fully appreciate the Mt Rushmore National Memorial while marveling at the artistry of sculptor Gutzon Borglum and the immense labor of the workers who created the memorial between 1927 and 1941.

The official Park Service information centers have excellent bookstores with proceeds going to the park. Avoid the schlocky Xanterra gift shop and the ho-hum Carvers Cafe, which looked much better in the scene where Cary Grant gets plugged in North by Northwest. The main museum is underwhelming.

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Mt Rushmore Lighting Ceremony

Our stretch limousine will pick you up at your home, hotel or campground within the city limits of Rapid City. Depending on number and location of travelers, pickup times will be between 7:00pm and 8:00pm local (MDT) time. We will depart Rapid City no later than 8:00pm local time. Start with a scenic 40-minute drive to Mt Rushmore. At the base of Mt Rushmore lies the historic town of Keystone, where we'll return following the ceremony on the mountain. You will arrive at Mt Rushmore at approximately 8:40pm and make your way to the beautiful outdoor amphitheater. The program starts promptly at 9:00pm with an informative presentation from a national park ranger, followed by an inspirational film about the carving of Mt Rushmore and the people who created this amazing sculpture. Following the film, there is a tribute to military veterans attending the presentation. The program concludes with the National Anthem and the lighting of the mountain.At approximately 9:45pm, you will depart Mt Rushmore for a short 10 minute drive to Keystone, where you will have an opportunity to browse the unique shops and sweets stores or make a stop at the Red Garter Saloon for some adult refreshments and a little live entertainment from local performers. The tour departs from Keystone at 11:15pm for a 30 minute return to Rapid City, where you will be dropped off at your home, hotel, or campground at between 11:45pm and 12:15AM.The weather at Mt Rushmore can sometimes be unpredictable, so an umbrella and a light jacket is recommended.

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