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The Roosevelt Inn is one of the two closest Black Hills lodging options to Mount Rushmore! Less than a five minute drive and you are at the monument! Check out the details below.
Mount Rushmore, known as the "Shrine of Democracy", is the premiere attraction in the Black Hills. This world-famous mountain sculpture was started in 1927 and progress continued until work was halted in 1940. It remains "unfinished" to this day, but most of the 2.8 million visitors who come each year don't notice. The State of South Dakota maintains a website about Mount Rushmore at: http://www.travelsd.com/placestogo/rushmore/
The sculpture is best seen just after sunrise, however viewing is usually good throughout the morning hours. The monument should also be seen after dark, and the evening lighting program is especially popular during the summer months. Until September 1st, the lighting program starts at 9 p.m., thereafter it begins 8 p.m. Most visitors to Mt. Rushmore view the monument from atop the Grand Terrace. There are, however, quite a number of other things to see or do, including a hike around the Presidential Trail, a visit to the Artist's Studio (summer only) and a visit to the Interpretive Center. There is also a gift shop, a restaurant and a park service visitor information booth at the monument. It is also quite likely you will see white mountain goats/sheep on or around the monument because a sizable group lives there.
NOTE: There are no Black Hills lodging facilities within the Mount Rushmore boundaries. The nearest accommodations are hotels in Keystone, South Dakota, two miles from the visitor center. The Roosevelt Inn is one closest Mount Rushmore hotels.
Distance from the Roosevelt Inn: Entrance 1/4 mile, Visitor Center 2 miles
Time Needed to Visit: 2 or more hours
Best Time To Go: Visitor Information Center & Museum are open all year except for Christmas Day. There is a lighting program in the evening during the summer; starting times vary with sunset. The gift shop and snack bar hours vary with season. The monument is best viewed in the early morning or after dark. Unless you are an early bird, don’t plan on leaving your Mount Rushmore hotel and heading straight to the monument. In summer, the 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. time slot as is when most tour buses arrive, so avoid mid-morning if possible.
Cost: Entrance is free, but there is a charge for parking in the ramp. No parking, stopping or standing is allowed on the nearby roads, so unless you walk or bike in, you'll have to pay to park. The parking pass is valid for the calendar year in which it is issued.
Highlights: Evening Lighting Ceremony, Interpretive Center; Trail Walks - especially the Presidential Trail.