If you want to see one of the most iconic attractions in the entire United States you need to heed to South Dakota. A place you can find out all about by reading our post below.
Getting there is easy.
Some folks think traveling to South Dakota from other US cities is difficult, but that isn't the case. In fact, you can access the state directly by flying from many major cities including Chicago, Illinois, Houston, Texas and Orlando, Florida among others.
There are also six major cities in South Dakota that are served by major airlines including Delta, United, and American. The cities themselves are Rapid City, Pierre, Huron, Sioux Falls, Watertown & Aberdeen. With Rapid City being the closest urban area to Mount Rushmore itself.
There are plenty of places to stay.
Next, South Dakota makes a great place for a break or a more extended vacation because there are so many fantastic places to stay during your trip.
You will find high-end hotels in many of the major cities like the Hotel Alex Johnson in Rapid City, and the ClubHouse Hotel in Sioux Falls. Of course, you may be looking for a more budget option and then something like the camping grounds in Deadwood / Black Hills, or the Sleepy Hollow Campground & RV Park in Wall, that even has an outdoor pool, would be more suitable?
You can even find a hotel near Mount Rushmore in South Dakota if that is the primary focus of your stay, as some of them are just a 4-minute drive from the site is itself. Something that means you can arrive rested and well fed in the morning and get an entire day of exploring in very quickly.
There is lots to do.
Of course, there is plenty to do in the Mount Rushmore state aside from the mountain and park that it's located in. For example, you may wish to visit The Stables at Palmer Gulch where you can experience the majesty of the South Dakota countryside from horseback? Then there is the fun and educational Big Thunder Gold Mine, which is particularly suitable for kids because you get to pan for real gold.
The mountain, obviously!
Lastly, but not least you will, of course, want to visit Rushmore itself. the mountain where you will find the faces of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln carved.
To ensure a successful trip, be sure to check the official website before visiting for the events and activities that are on offer. There you will find information on the regularly held Independence Day celebrations, as well as useful alerts on any trials or attraction that are close or have recently reopened.
Of course, many people take a picnic with them to eat as they explore the park, but it's also possible to eat at the Carvers' Marketplace a restaurant that is within the park's boundaries. There are of course many excellent restaurants at all price points in the surrounding cities of Keystone, Rapid City and Custer to try as well during your stay in the Mount Rushmore State.