New York City is one the most Iconic cities in the world! A vibrant cultural hub with towering skyscrapers galore!
A popular city it’s the perfect jumping off point for an epic mid west road trip to Mount Rushmore!
Over 4 million visitors visit Mount Rushmore to learn about the structure, the presidents and how over 400 men carved the monument on a average salary of just $1 per hour.
Mount Rushmores Iconic 60ft granite faces depict the great U.S presidents of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln.
On site you will also find museum with interactive exhibits, a gift shop, walking trials and a 2,500 seat amphitheater!
Fun Fact: The presidents’ noses are 20-feet long and their mouths are 18-feet wide!
Which movies is Mount Rushmore in?
Mount Rushmore has showcased as a backdrop in a variety of movies here is a short list below:
- National Treasure: Book of Secrets – Nicholas Cage (2007)
- Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest (1959)
- American Dresser (2018)
- Austin Powers (Mount Rushmore Parody) and many more!
Head to see Mount Rushmore during the lighting Ceremony during May to September, it is a captivating sight.
On a Road Trip between New York City and Mount Rushmore you will head across
How long does a road trip take between New York & Mount Rushmore?
Driving between New York City and Mount Rushmore is one Heck of an epic road trip!
Driving direct it will take you approximately 26 hours and you will cover 1,722 miles via I-80 W and I-90 W.
How long this road trip will take depends upon your time available, Average daily driving time and the places you wish to see enroute.
For example, Covering approximately 172 miles per day on average this Road Trip would take me 10 days to complete.
Of course you can do 344 miles one day and then rest the next day and not drive at all. You will still cover 172 miles.
Road Trip Map (New York to Mount Rushmore):
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Road Trip Itinerary (New York to Mount Rushmore):
There are a variety of different Road Trip routes you can take:
- The fastest driving route with take you via Cleveland before heading onto Chicago.
- The Most scenic driving route but also the longest route will take you via the glorious Finger Lakes Region, Buffalo NY and of course Niagara Falls!
- We Opted for the Mid west City Hop Route which takes a similar amount of time to the fastest route. However, this one stops at Columbus, ohio and Indianpolis.
City Hop Route Itinerary:
Afterwards I highly recommended checking out our Mount Rushmore to Yellowstone Road Trip
This details stops Crazy Horse Memorial, Badlands National Park, Grand Teton and of course Yellowstone national park!
Fun Fact: Mount Rushmore was began by Danish-American sculptor Gutzon Borglum who started it in 1927 at the age of 60 years old,
by 1941 he had died and the it was still not complete!
Road Trip Highlights:
A. Crazy Horse Memorial
If you continue southwest from Mount Rushmore for another 25 minutes (17 miles) via SD 244, US 16 and US 385 you will another awe inspiring sculpture.
The Crazy Horse Memorial began its construction in 1948 upon request of Lakota elders who wished for the white man to learn about Native American legends. The Native Chief (Henry Standing Bear) chose Crazy Horse as he symbolised Native America Spirit, pride and courage.
Will the Crazy Horse Memorial be bigger than Mount Rushmore?
YES!! The construction is still not complete but when finished it will stand 563-feet high and 641-feet long! To put things into perspective Mount Rushmores heads are just 60 feet tall each, so together the 4 mount Rushmore presidents will fit in just crazy horses head!
Despite the subject not been fully complete the site still attracts over 1 million visitors each year! The Crazy Horse Memorial also includes a Native American Museum, Education and cultural centre. You can also visit the sculptures studio and check out the presentations and native american cultural shows.
Fun Fact: Some construction works have been working on the site for over 35 years!
Fun Fact: The structure was began by Korczak Ziolkowski, who also worked on Mount Rushmore.
Where to eat?
If your hungry from all this History head to Laughing Water Restaurant, on site.
Rooftop Cocktails at Pod 39 – Empire State Alternative!
Wrap up your day with some rooftop cocktails at Pod39, this terrace offers tasty tacos and breath taking views over New York city.
Address: 145 E 39th St, New York, NY 10016, United States
Chinatown & Little Italy – Is it worth it?
Chinatown and Little Italy are worth a visit for entertainment value, but to to be honest you will get better food in Queens (Flushing area) or
Bronx (Arthur Avenue for Italian dishes!) – New Yorker Tip!
Should you book a tour in New York City?
This all depends upon personal preference but if you wish to experience all the major sites & attractions in one go its a great idea!
It can also work out cheaper with many tours including admission fees and local “New Yorker” knowledge.
For a list of my favorite tours in New York City, Follow the link HERE
Where to Stay?
For a great selection of our recommended Hotels & a comparison of the best prices in NYC, follow the link HERE
5 Essential Road Trip Tips:
(You HAVE to know before planning!)
5. Book Your Hotels in Advance!
To avoid having to drive around looking for hotels when your tired (My wife hates this!)
& to get the best prices, Check out our: How to find the Best Hotel Deals??
4. Get the Best deal on Car Rental
For some vital tips to know before renting a car & to get the best deals check out, Ultimate Car Rental Travel Hacks!
3. Need an RV?
If you fancy an RV adventure, you have to check RV Share
It’s an RV share platform, like airbnb where you can rent someones RV at a fraction of cost compared to normal!
2. Bring a Great Travel Camera!
Want to capture those vacation memories? For friends, Facebook or even Instagram!
A phone just doesn’t compare with a high quality travel camera, they are well worth the investment!
Check out our Recommended Travel Photography Gear
1. Need Help Planning!?
Do you find planning a trip time consuming and stressful?
An organised tour or vacation could be a great option for you!
They organize Flights, Hotels, Car Rental, Activities and much more!
With expert local travel knowledge & bespoke vacation planning you can’t go wrong.
Check out our reviews here: Which are the Best travel Tours?