Rapid City is the ideal place to stay for easy access to the Mount Rushmore National Memorial, a must-see vacation experience. Rising high above the treetops of the Black Hills, Mount Rushmore is a bucket list attraction that’s both meaningful and fun to explore. Mount Rushmore features the faces of four American presidents: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. Nearly 3 million people visit Mount Rushmore each year, drawn to the awe -inspiring impact of the iconic American image that’s recognized around the world. Carving of this granite mountainside took 14 years to complete and cost $1 million, and lives on as a priceless Shrine to Democracy.