Mt. Rushmore Memorial Tour
This 4 hour narrated tour takes us through the Black Hills to America’s Shrine of Democracy. There is a 14 minute video narrated by Tom Brokaw about the carving, the sculptor Gutzon Borglum, and workers. The Lincoln Borglum Museum has some great displays about Borglum, his family and his works, the mountain and machinery and the workers. The Presidential Trail is a gradually inclining walk that goes under the faces in the rock rubble with great spots for pictures of the individual faces. If you go further there is a strenuous walk down to the Sculptor’s Studio (open only in the summer months) then back up to the viewing terrace. The Avenue of Flags represents all 50 states and the territories, along with their respective dates of admission to the Union. There is also a new Youth Exploration area recently opened. The large gift shop has many items. In the summer Nick Clifford, the only surviving worker of the 400 that worked on the mountain, talks to people and autographs his book about Mt. Rushmore. The Carvers’ Café and an ice cream shop are available for refreshments. As we leave we stop for a picture at the side profile of George Washington. The cost of this tour is $70 per person plus 6% state sales tax, which includes the parking fees at Mt. Rushmore. (If the tour runs substantially over the allotted time additional charges may apply.) Guide gratuities are at your discretion. Refreshments are at your own expense. We provide bottled water in our vans and you may bring any snacks you like.