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.