Mt. Rushmore is a Destination to Please the Whole Family

One of the great pleasures that comes with owning an RV is to visit destinations that are a little bit off of the beaten path. Mount Rushmore certainly fits that description. The Mount Rushmore National Memorial is a famous location found near Keystone, South Dakota, yet many Americans never make the trip to see this incredible sight in person. Opened all the way back in 1941, Mount Rushmore is a point of interest that should be on every Americans to-do list.

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If there is one reason stands above the rest for people skipping a trip to Mount Rushmore, it is that they think seeing it in photographs is good enough. After all, everyone has seen a ton of pictures of this monument, and it has even been featured in many movies. Once you have seen it, is it really necessary to go out of your way to visit in person? Won’t it be disappointing after a long trip to see a single monument that you have seen many times before?

No – it won’t be disappointing in the least. As anyone who has visited the monument will tell you, the scale of the sculpture in person is something that just cannot be captured on film. When you arrive at the park and stand below the impressive sight, you will certainly be glad that you made the trip.

The Beautiful Black Hills

Mount Rushmore National Memorial is located inside the Black Hills National Forest. While the Black Hills might lack the dramatic scenery common to our National Parks, they do not lack for stunning beauty. Simply the drive to and from Mount Rushmore through the Black Hills will be worth your trip, as this region of South Dakota is simply unforgettable. The lush hills are blanketed with trees, and you won’t lack for photo opportunities in this area. Mount Rushmore may be the reason for the trip, but the Black Hills will certainly send you home with something else to talk about.

Centrally Located

It is true that Mount Rushmore is not near to many of the population centers in the United States. Rapid City, South Dakota is the only nearby city of any notable size, with a metro area population of just over 140,000 residents. Even still, Mount Rushmore is reachable for RV owners from a number of different parts of the country. For example, it is approximately a 14 hour drive from Chicago to Mount Rushmore, while it is around 16 hours from Dallas, and 18 hours or so from Los Angeles. No matter where in the country you happen to be coming from, an RV vacation to visit the amazing Mount Rushmore National Monument is certainly within reach.

Don’t make the mistake of ignoring Mount Rushmore as a possible RV vacation destination. With plenty of RV parks throughout the Black Hills area, and great scenery waiting to be enjoyed, this is a trip no one in your family will soon forget.


  1. Saw it once back in 1991. Have since lost the photos and souvenirs , yet it remains on my return to list. Off the beaten trail it was but not enough to make me regret going hen or again. I saw it in the peak of summer and hope to see it in Fall or spring as well.

  2. As with most National monuments and for that matter narional parks, they are enjoyed most by adults or a very mature young person. Most of the kids that visit these attractions act like knotheads and couldn’t tell you the difference between Washington and Lincoln. People come to these sites in droves and bring their idiot children who ruin it for the rest.

  3. Planning a trip to CO end of July and want to see Mt Rushmore. Coming fromLansing Mi what is the best way to go? Have a C with car in tow. Never drove that far or in mountains. Would like to avoid going through Chicago

    • Your best bet is to jump on 94 and head west until you an get on 80 west out of Chicago. I’m in Houghton Lake and last summer we went up across the Mighty Mac , through the U.P. and across Wisconsin in the middle of the night. There is no easy way across Wisconsin, just as there is no easy way around or through Chicago. My 1/2-ton Silverado pulled our 23′ TT with no problem. Can’t wait to get back there.

  4. Terrie, It is unfortunate coming from Lansing you will have to go through parts of Chicago. If you stay on Interstate 80 it is not quite as bad with traffic. Take I 80 west untill you get to Interstate 29 north at Omaha Nebraska. Take I 29 north to Sioux Falls South Dakota. Wife and I camped there at the Sioux Falls KOA campground for a couple days and enjoyed the sights and activites in Sioux Falls. Beautiful walk in the city in the evening with plenty good places to eat. After the couple days there we went onto the Mount Rushmore KOA campground and what a treat. This is the way we went some only thing different is we left from the UP and took Hwy 2 across the UP and parts on Minnesota where we picked up I 29 and went south. You will enjoy the visit and its not so bad with the children there as nost of the children are typical. They have some stored up energy to release and with all that is at Mt. Rushmore they want to explore. Personely I think some of the adults were much worse than the childrn. If you have time and its worth the trip drop down and see the Crazy Horse monument that is being constructed. Not anywhere near being completed but the light show and history of why and how it is being built is very informative and worthwhile. Hope this information helps and if you are up to a trip from Lansing take hwy 127 north cross the bridge and take hwy 2 across parts of Wisconsin and Minnesota and enjoy the sights. There are plenty of campgrounds and state parks to stay at or some of the Walmarts will let you spend the night. Enjoy your trip.


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