Year round, millions of history lovers and outdoor enthusiasts travel to South Dakota to visit Mount Rushmore National Memorial and the Black Hills region.
As visitors trek through the area, they explore nearby caves at Wind Cave National Park and Jewel Cave National Monument, visit Custer State Park, see rock formations that are among the oldest in the western part of the United States, and stop at the Indian Museum of North America and the Native American Educational and Cultural Center at Crazy Horse Memorial. Along the way, they may encounter mule deer, yellow-bellied marmot, chipmunks, squirrels, elk and non-indigenous rocky mountain goats.
For most, the focal point is South Dakota’s number one attraction, Mount Rushmore National Memorial, with its 60-foot carved granite faces of former presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln. Decades after the site’s completion in 1941, people continue to be fascinated by this man-made marvel.
But now there is a new way to see it.