Visit Mount Rushmore, An American-Made Dream

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Pride. Risk. Sweat. Gratification. So much planning, detail, and effort went into carving Mount Rushmore, one of the world’s greatest memorials. Nearly three million people visit Mount Rushmore in the Black Hills of South Dakota each year to experience this American Dream.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt once said there is nothing more American than our national parks, and we think Mount Rushmore is as American as it gets, and not because of the colossal statues of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt who adorn the stone facade. Instead, there is nothing more American than 400 dedicated workers who endured conditions from bitter cold to blazing hot during the 14 years it took to build the memorial (1927-1941). And there is nothing more American than thinking about how those same American workers scaled 700 stairs to the top, trusting 3/8-inch thick-steel cables to lower them over the front of the mountain’s 500-foot face.

“Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly.” — Poet Langston Hughes

INSPIRED BY THE AMERICAN DREAM

Over the past 75 years, Mount Rushmore has become a symbol of American hope. In much the same way, the American Dream by American Coach instills the pride and hard work of the American workers at our plant in Decatur, Indiana. The American Dream is much more than a luxury motor coach … much like Mount Rushmore is so much more than famous faces on the side of a mountain. Skill, pride, and attention to detail are what each American Coach employee puts into making the American Dream motor coach. The result is luxury, class, and comfort. Everything you need when you take that dream vacation to Mount Rushmore.

Facts About Mount Rushmore

  1. Nearly three million people visit Mount Rushmore National Memorial each year.
  2. Sculptor Gutzon Borglum selected George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln because he thought these four presidents represented the United States’ most important influencers at that time.
  3. Ninety-percent of the mountain was carved using dynamite.
  4. The busiest months to visit Mount Rushmore are in June, July and August. If you don’t want to fight the crowds, May, September and October are less busy.
  5. Mount Rushmore was carved from granite known locally as the Harney Peak granite.

OTHER NEED-TO-KNOW FACTS

There is no entrance fee for Mount Rushmore National Memorial, but fees are required to park at the memorial. It costs $11 to park a private vehicle, $25 for a school bus and $50 for a commercial bus. For information regarding when to visit Mount Rushmore, including when the grounds are open, call 1-605-574-2523 or visit www.nps.gov/moru/planyourvisit/hours.htm.
 


HOW TO GET TO MOUNT RUSHMORE

If you’re traveling from the east, take Exit 61 off Interstate 90; from the west, take Exit 57 at Rapid City, South Dakota, and follow U.S. Highway 16 southwest to Keystone, then Highway 244 to Mount Rushmore. Visitors coming from the South should follow Highway 385 north to Highway 244, the road leading to Mount Rushmore.

MOUNT RUSHMORE CAMPING

Mount Rushmore Lodge at Palmer Gulch offers deluxe motor coach campsites that are beautifully landscaped with spacious sites big enough to accommodate the largest RVs with multiple slideouts. The deluxe sites (back-in or pull-through) include patios with furniture and fire pits, plus 50-amp power, water, and sewer hookup as well as cable TV hookups. For information, call 1-800-562-8503 or visit palmergulch.com/stay/rv-tent/deluxe-rv-sites/.

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