Mount Rushmore


One of the USA's most iconic sights, Mt. Rushmore is a massive 60-foot-high granite sculpture of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln. Completed in 1941 by master craftsman Gutzon Borglum and his son, the granite sculpture attracts over three million tourists annually, despite being far from just about any other popular tourist destination. (The trip is sometimes an extension of a visit to Yellowstone National Park or the parks of Colorado, as Denver is the nearest major city.)


Since getting to Mt. Rushmore is difficult, and sunrise the most popular time to view the monument, the trip is often paired with a visit to other nearby sites. A carving of Crazy Horse's visage is a popular stop. So is the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary. Custer State Park and the memorial to the massacre at Wounded Knee are also popular stops. But the most spectacular of all the sights is probably Badlands National Park.