A symbol of American democracy and patriotism since its completion in 1941, Mount Rushmore touches the hearts of more than three million visitors annually, stirring emotions as few other attractions do. Carved by Gutzon Borglum and 400 workers from October 4, 1927 to October 31, 1941, the granite faces of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln tower a staggering 5,500 feet above sea level. The Lincoln Borglum Museum serves as the main visitor center. While there, catch the 13 minute movie about Mt. Rushmore and meander through the many exhibits. Walk along the Presidential Trail and soak up spectacular up-close views of the memorial. The Sculptor's Studio features discussions with park rangers about the monument's construction and the tools and models used to carve it. The Evening Lighting Ceremony, held nightly during the summer months, consists of a brief ranger talk and a short film. Audience members sing the National Anthem as the monument is lit at the end of the program -- a fitting tribute to a beloved monument and nation.