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The 4 Presidents Carved On Mount Rushmore

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Mount Rushmore National Memorial is one of the country's most recognizable landmarks, attracting more than two million people each year. This huge sculpture features the carved faces of four beloved U.S. presidents approximately sixty feet in height. The four presidents from left to right are George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln. These four distinguished leaders were chosen by the lead sculptor of the project because of their role in preserving the country and expanding it.

George Washington

George Washington was born on February 22, 1732, and is most famous for being the first President of the United States. His role as commander of the Continental Army in the American Revolutionary War prior to his presidency was also key in obtaining independence from the British. With George Washington's incredible influence in the formation of the country, he is referred to with much affection as the "Father" of the country. One of his most notable quotes is, "It is better to be alone than in bad company."

Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson was born on April 13, 1743, and served as the third President of the United States. He is also well known as being the main author of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. His visions of what America should be have made him one of the most influential of the Founding Fathers. Major accomplishments during his presidency include the Louisiana Purchase and the Lewis and Clark Expedition. He is known for many philosophical statements, including, "A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where fifty-one percent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine."

Theodore Roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt was born on October 27, 1858, and is well known for his energetic persona and his cowboy image. He served as the twenty-sixth President of the United States, and was a key figure in the Republican Party during his political career. He is also known for inviting the press into the White House for daily briefings, which later became a tradition, and for adding on to the Monroe Doctrine, and passing the Pure Food and Drug Act. Theodore Roosevelt was known to have said, "A man who is good enough to shed his blood for the country is good enough to be given a square deal afterwards."

Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln was born on February 12, 1809, and served as the 16th President of the United States. Although his presidential term was cut short when he was assassinated in 1865, he led the country through the Civil War and was successful in ending slavery in the country. His Emancipation Proclamation in 1863 abolished slavery, and he also promoted passage of the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution. In speaking of the Civil War, Lincoln stated, "A house divided against itself cannot stand."

Mount Rushmore Grand Legends Tour

You can learn more about Mount Rushmore and the many other attractions in the area with the nine hour Mount Rushmore Grand Legends Tour. This comprehensive guided tour begins with a visit to Mount Rushmore, and then moves on to Custer State Park, the Iron Mountain Road, Sylvan Lake, and the Crazy Horse Memorial. The final leg of this great experience takes you on the 1880 Train, a vintage train that travels across the Black Hills.

Mount Rushmore Audio Tour

If you want to explore the area at your own pace, be sure to include the Mount Rushmore Audio Tour during your visit to Mount Rushmore. This self-guided audio tour features narration, music, interviews, sound effects, and more, giving you an amazing perspective on what it took to sculpt Mount Rushmore. The audio tour is available in several different languages, including English, Spanish, German, and Lakota.

Lodging in the Mount Rushmore Area

During your trip to the Mount Rushmore area, plan to stay for several days to explore all that the area has to offer. Give yourself comfortable lodging close to the most popular sights in the area by selecting the Econo Lodge Rapid City, the Comfort Inn Rapid City, or the Quality Inn Rapid City.

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Mount Rushmore Tour
We would not have been able to see what we did on this tour had we drove ourselves around. The tour guide was wonderful and we all had a great time on our tour. We saw things that we weren't expecting. By far the most enjoyable and cost effective part of our vacation.
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-- Laurie Anderson - Arvada, CO
Mount Rushmore Grand Legends Tour
A must for any trip. I think going on this trip the first day really was the best thing for us. We were able to see where everything was so we could plan other things we wanted to do. They gave us ample time to see everything before going to the next sight. Drivers were very informative.
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-- Natalie Alred - Mccook, NE
Mount Rushmore & Black Hills Tour
I am so glad we did not have to drive some of those roads are self! It was relaxing just to sit back and take in the view and listen to the bus driver fill us in on a lot of different things. Had plenty of time at each stop. Met a few new friends. Enjoyed ourselves greatly.
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-- Roxanna Shoffstall - Lakeview, OH
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