Mount Rushmore Audio Walking Tour
Mount Rushmore welcomes three million visitors from around the world every single year. It has come to represent American freedom and hope for people of all backgrounds and cultures. Learn about the people who put in hard work making this monument, the stories behind the presidents chosen, and the ways that the National Park Service preserves this beautiful landmark today.
Each tour lets you explore and learn at your own pace. It is a leisurely walk and you'll have many opportunities for photos along the way. You'll know a lot more about the area and its history than the person next to you who isn't doing one of these awesome tours! These are a great addition to any vacation getaway to Mount Rushmore! Be sure to check out similar activities in the area.
Brief History of Mt. RushmoreThis history dates back to the 1920s when Doane Robinson, a South Dakota historian, wished to draw more tourists to the Black Hills. At first, he wanted to carve some of the nation's most famous heroes into 'The Needles', a couple of granite pillars in the area. Robinson contacted Gutzon Borglum for the task and ultimately, they chose the current site for the sculpture after searching for a while. They chose the four men: Washington, Lincoln, Jefferson, and Roosevelt to draw national attention to the site.
Raising money for the project was not an easy task; many people did not like that they would be desecrating the natural landscape. Finally, a bill was passed to give $250,000 to the project. 400 workers helped with the sculpting, including Native Americans. The project took many years due to lack of funding over time. It was finished on October 31, 1941.
- Does the Mount Rushmore Audio Tour accommodate languages other than English?
The Multimedia Tour also offers Spanish, French, German, and Lakota.
- What amenities are available?
There is an amazing gift shop!
- Is it handicap accessible?
- Is photography & video recording allowed?
Of course! Don't forget your cameras.
- For what ages are the tours appropriate?
They are great for all ages.
- Is parking available at Mount Rushmore Audio Tour?
There is a paid parking garage.
- Approximately how long could a customer plan to spend at the Mount Rushmore Audio Tour?
Most people spend 90 minutes to 2 hours here. It will all depend on how quickly you go through the tour. You're able to do it at your own pace.