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Caravan Mount Rushmore Monument Tour
Travel with Caravan Tours and enjoy a guided Mount Rushmore Monument tour as part of our Rushmore & Yellowstone National Park tour.
Travel from Rapid City South Dakota to see the Mount Rushmore presidents and explore the living history of America carved in the mountainside.
To Book a Mount Rushmore Monument Tour
Call 1-800-CARAVAN (227-2826)
Mount Rushmore National Park & Monument
Located just 23 miles from Rapid City in the majestic beauty of the Black Hills, Mount Rushmore has been called America’s “Shrine of Democracy.” It was created to represent the first 150 years of American history.
Mount Rushmore is a symbol of freedom and democracy and a hope for all people of all cultures.
Sculptor Gutzon Borglum labored with a team of 400 workers from 1927 until his death in 1941. Their objective was to carve from the granite face of Mount Rushmore the 60-foot busts of four exalted American presidents.
Mount Rushmore Presidents
Many people wonder, Why these four presidents on Mount Rushmore? Mount Rushmore Monument memorializes the birth, growth, preservation, and development of the United States of America and includes:
George Washington - Is the US president who “Represents the struggle for America’s independence.”
Thomas Jefferson - Is the US president who “Symbolizes the idea of government by the people.”
Abraham Lincoln - Is the US president who “Extolls the virtues of equality and the permanent union of the states.”
Theodore Roosevelt - Is the US president who “Epitomizes the role of the United States in world affairs during the 20th century.”
Mount Rushmore History
The rock sculptures of America’s four great presidents were never completed in detail down to the waist as Borglum had initially conceived it, and most likely they will remain uncompleted.
Borglum chose the location of Mount Rushmore Monument because of the quality of the granite and because the rock face catches the sun for the greatest part of the day.
Of the 14 years it took to complete Mount Rushmore, the actual carving took only 6.5 years. The remaining time was lost due to weather delays or lack of funding.
Gutzon Borglum stated, “A monument’s dimensions should be determined by the importance to civilization of the events commemorated…[and] shall endure until the wind and the rain alone shall wear them away.”
Fun Facts About Mount Rushmore
Before you enjoy your Caravan Mount Rushmore Monument tour, here are some fun facts you should know.
- Mount Rushmore presidents include the faces of Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln & Roosevelt.
- The president’s faces are 60 feet tall and located 500 feet up the mountain.
- Mount Rushmore National Park is 5,725 feet above sea level.
- The faces on Mt Rushmore cost less than $1 million to create (Approx. $16+ million in today’s dollars).
- Mount Rushmore recently underwent 10 years of restoration & development of new visitor facilities.
- A new walking trail provides spectacular close-up views of Mount Rushmore presidents.
- The site includes Gutzon Borglum’s Sculptor’s Studio displaying plaster models and tools.
- The Lincoln Borglum Museum opened in 1998 after a $56 million redevelopment.
Historical Sights Also Visited on this Caravan Tour
Along with our Mount Rushmore Monument tour, you will get to visit some of America’s grandest and most historically significant tourist attractions. Visit the site of Custer’s Last Stand at Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument in Montana, plus Mammoth Hot Springs in Wyoming.
See our blog article for more information about the Little Bighorn Battlefield.
Caravan’s Mount Rushmore tour package also includes:
- Little Bighorn Monument Tour (site of Custer’s Last Stand)
- Chief Crazy Horse Monument Tour
- Yellowstone National Park Tour
- Grand Teton Tour
About Caravan Tours
Since 1952, family-owned and operated Caravan Tours has delivered an unrivaled standard of excellence for fully escorted Affordable Tours.
Celebrating 70 years in 2022, we now offer affordable, fully escorted tours throughout North and Central America including Canada, Panama, Guatemala, and Costa Rica!
For more information about our Mount Rushmore Monument tour or about any destination on our Rushmore & Yellowstone tour, please contact us.
Call us toll-free at 1-800-Caravan (227-2826)
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Why Travel with Caravan?
Why Travel with Caravan?
Excellence Since 1952
You can trust our years of experience with tours of superb quality and excellent value. Caravan has enjoyed the same family management and ownership since 1952.
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In 1965, Roger Mudd hosted a two-hour CBS TV special on Caravan Tours. This TV production took about one month to make and was so successful it inspired the 1968 romantic comedy movie “If it’s Tuesday this must be Belgium.” In the early 50’s the Mayor of Dublin presented Caravan with the Key to Dublin for bringing the first American tour to the city after WWII. Since then, Caravan has been recognized as a pioneer in travel. You can trust in our stability, experience and dedication to quality.
Stay at park lodges, scenic resorts, and excellent hotels in great locations. See hotel descriptions on each tour page.
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