Sure, as one of America’s most popular tourist attractions and one of the world’s largest sculptures, Mount Rushmore is a very big deal. But there’s so much more to see and do when you visit the Mount Rushmore National Memorial. The site itself is home to the Sculptor’s Studio, the Lincoln Borglum Museum, the Avenue of Flags, hiking trails, Junior Ranger Programs for kids, interpretive ranger-led activities and the Evening Sculpture Lighting Ceremony.
But when you’re surrounded by the grassland parks, caves, canyons and lakes of the Black Hills National Forest; the gorges, ridges and other unique geological features of the Badlands National Park; the wildlife of Custer State Park; the natural sanctuary of Wind Cave National Park; and the legendary Yellowstone National Park; you can only imagine the extraordinary outdoor adventures that are waiting for you—hiking, trout fishing, demanding technical climbs, horseback riding, mountain biking, and the widely popular geocaching. The unique geology of the area makes it a natural spot for finding rocks and minerals (rockhounding), and there is camping nearby. After all, a legendary monument requires legendary adventures to go with it.