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Needles Highway

Custer State Park, SD
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Ranked #17 of 233 Attractions in South Dakota
Type: Scenic Drives, Landmarks
Activities: Driving, Watching sunrise/sunset
Owner description: This scenic drive passes by tall rock formations and through tunnels.
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Type: Scenic Drives, Landmarks
Activities: Driving, Watching sunrise/sunset
Owner description: This scenic drive passes by tall rock formations and through tunnels.
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

If ever in South Dakota, you must take your time and drive Needles Highway. It is beautiful and so peaceful. You get the feeling that its just you and nature....Take in the smells, sights, and sounds of Needles Highway!!

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Palm Coast, Florida, United States
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45 reviews 45 reviews
39 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Took this ride several times and there is so much to see. The road is very narrow in places and care has to be taken when approaching other vehicles. Would be hesitant to drive this with a camper or large truck. There are several tunnels which are very narrow but spectacular in scenery. A must see to travel if in... More 

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DFW Texas
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117 reviews 117 reviews
24 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014 via mobile

We drove the Needles Highway just as a way to get from Mount Rushmore to Custer State Park. What a great surprise. The rock formations that have weathered into "needles" (spires) were amazing, as were the great new views at every turn. Plan to spend time on this drive... we didn't plan nearly enough time to see it all. Definitely... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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20 reviews 20 reviews
8 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

Should be called a byway.Sorry to disagree with most posts,but no guard rails and too much edge of the cliff for us! We were on the western part so maybe the eastern part has the pigtail bridges and photos I had seen online.Luckily it was the off season in October or it could have been so much worse.And no place... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

The rocks are otherworldly, the views are breathtaking, and the kids loved climbing up up up! Don't try to take an RV through the tunnel, but you can still go up to it and turn around if needed. Definitely a highlight of the whole trip.

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Cedar Hill, Texas
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123 reviews 123 reviews
39 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

If you go, you need to prepare to drive very slowly. It’s a very picturesque drive through very narrow roads, canyons and one-way passes. If you are in a hurry, don’t even bother. We saw many wildlife either crossing the road or staring at us from a few feet away. The Needles rock formations are very impressive and most people... More 

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Augusta, Georgia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

When I planned our trip up to South Dakota I had seen reviews on the Needles Highway in Custer State Park, and I had to put it into our trip. The drive was lovely, although the traffic was a little bad. The entrance fee was $15 which was unexpected as we only wanted to drive on the road but I... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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75 reviews 75 reviews
26 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

This has now become one of our favorite places in the northern part of the US. The scenery is just wonderful and so quiet too once you get off the "needles highway". We enjoyed the fun of navigating through rock formations and stopping to enjoy the breathtaking views. The tunnels were an awesome experience and waiting for a coach to... More 

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Dallas
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65 reviews 65 reviews
33 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

This is a beautiful drive! The rock formations are unbelievable, the tunnels are crazy, and the aspens gorgeous in their shimmery yellow fall color. The drive is a little hair raising, especially for the driver so be prepared for tight spaces! It is well worth a detour to drive this little highway.

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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249 reviews 249 reviews
145 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Scenic driving at its best amongst rock formations, forests, grand vistas, mountains and, if lucky, wildlife.

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