Greetings from The Mount Rushmore State – South Dakota! We hope you have a wonderful Independence Day!
The Mount Rushmore Memorial grounds are huge and there are lots of hikes you can do once you park your car. You can view Mount Rushmore from SD-44 but it is well worth the $10 parking fee to visit the monument and grounds. We also recommend that you drive along Iron Mountain Road (in both directions and not in a large vehicle because there are some TINY tunnels!) because you can see Mount Rushmore from several of the tunnels.
There is a large amphitheater and stage as you walk back into the memorial:
Dogs are only allowed up to a certain point but you can still get nice pictures there: