Photo of Mount Rushmore at night.Very few historical monuments on the planet rival Mount Rushmore, an absorbing, jaw-dropping sculpture that was carved into a towering granite wall in the heart of South Dakota’s Black Hills. People from all over the world visit this breathtaking monument while touring the Midwest or exploring the glory of western South Dakota. And there’s no better place to start and finish each full day of adventure, exploration, and relaxation than right here at Rushmore Express, a quintessential Mount Rushmore hotel. One of the finest pleasures known to humankind is visiting Mount Rushmore at night, just as the sun dips behind the sculpture, and the stars subtly twinkle from above, creating a soft glow that instinctively melts one’s heart.

Mount Rushmore at Night: A Wonder Under the Stars

By now, you probably know a little bit about this world-famous sculpture, which was crafted by Gutzon Borglum and his team of American artists from the late 1920s until its completion on Halloween day in 1941. Mounted approximately 5,700 feet above the ground are the pearly, beautifully depicted faces of four influential U.S. presidents: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Teddy Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln. It took Borglum and his team 14 years and 27 days to construct. The end result remains one of the world’s greatest artistic achievements. We always recommend exploring Custer State Park, Badlands National Park, Wall Drug Store, and Devil’s Tower National Monument during the daytime before savoring dinner at a nearby restaurant. Then, once the day’s last light escapes westerly behind Washington, Jefferson, Roosevelt, and Lincoln, treat the family to a genuinely awe-inspiring marvel: Mount Rushmore at night.

Photo of Sylvan Lake. The perfect place to visit before Mount Rushmore at night.Complementary Mid-Day Activities

Rushmore Express’ idyllic locale couldn’t be any more convenient, as we’re only two miles from Mount Rushmore and a short drive from dozens of the region’s top attractions. Some of our favorite family-friendly attractions nearby include Custer State Park’s Wildlife Loop, mirroring Sylvan Lake (as pictured), towering Cathedral Spires, and, of course, the aforementioned Wall Drug, Badlands, and Devil’s Tower. We’re also minutes from caverns, gold mines, Crazy Horse, and historic Deadwood. There’s no bound to a midsummer day spent in the sprawling, biodiverse Black Hills.

Family-Friendly Hotels near Mount Rushmore

Photo of the perfect hotel room after visiting Mount Rushmore at night.

But, of course, our convenient location is only a single aspect of Rushmore Express, one of the top-reviewed hotels near Rapid City, SD. We offer a wide array of family-sized suites, as well as classic rustic lodging that’s equally visually appealing and welcoming. When you’re not gazing at George Washington, rolling past wild buffalos, or climbing Black Elk Peak, make sure to take full advantage of Rushmore Express’ many amenities, including complimentary Wi-Fi, in-room coffee, satellite television, king beds, granite fireplaces, Jacuzzis, and quick access to downtown Keystone, SD. Please give us a call today at 1-800-323-6476 to book a long-awaited, well-deserved escape to one of the world’s most-visited monuments. You can also check availability online at any time.