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Custer State Park

13329 US Highway 16A East Custer, SD 57730, Custer, SD 57730
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Ranked #1 of 26 attractions in Custer
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: State Parks
Activities: Viewing wildlife, Hiking, Horseback riding, Driving
Traveler Description: Custer State Park , in the Black Hills of western South Dakota , spans 71,000 acres and is one of the largest state parks in the United States... more »
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
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New Hampshire
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

We rode through Custer State Park during Sturgis Bike Week. We paid our $10.00 for a motorcycle at the gate and cruised over some twists and turn through beautiful country side. Then we got to the Visitors Center, and lo and behold, a herd of buffalo, right along the roadside. Got some great pictures, then went into the center and... More

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Kansas City, Missouri
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38 reviews 38 reviews
26 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

Myself, husband and our two sons (13 & 5) decided to do the Buffalo Safari Tour which lasted close to 2 hours. It was nice being able to go off the road and get a personal encounter with the buffalos. We did come to a herd of buffalos that startled my sons a bit. It was soo many of them... More

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Clarksville, Tennessee, United States
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35 reviews 35 reviews
12 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

If you have never been to Custer State Park you need to go there. Make sure you are in a car, SUV or truck not a camper or RV. Roads are curvy and narrow. Several tunnels are so narrow you wonder if the car will fit. The views are unbelievable and you will take a bunch or pictures.

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3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

We stayed in a cabin at the Blue Bell Lodge August 10th and 11th. The cabin was great, large, and private. It was me, my wife, and 10 year old daughter. The cabin was large and clean. We went on the back end of a trip that started in Denver, CO. The Wild Life Loop is like being on a... More

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New York City, New York
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87 reviews 87 reviews
25 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

A must see when visiting Mt. Rushmore. The drive through Custer State Park is beautiful and the scenery breathtaking. There are ample photo ops throughout the drive and the Needles Highway is a must see. Don't be in a rush to get through the winding drive....wildlife is abundant and you will want to enjoy the natural beauty after each turn.

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Great Northwest
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22 reviews 22 reviews
3 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

Everything is great. You will see sights that are not imaginable. Then consider what people that lived in the area 150 years ago had to do to travel there.

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Chicago, Illinois, United States
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

We spent about 1.5 days inside the Custer State Park. We first came in from Hot Springs, SD, travel along 16A on the Iron Mountain Scenic road. You can get the picture perfect shot with the Mount Rushmore framed with one of the tunnel. There is view point along 16A, it's a good stopping point to stretch and do a... More

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Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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156 reviews 156 reviews
38 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

We got up early to get this scenic drive in before proceeding on our cross country road trip. We weren't disappointed and were able to capture photos of all sorts of animals. We really enjoyed hop-nobbing with the burros who were tame and patient with us.

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Coldwater, Ontario, Canada
11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

|The black hills are beautiful and the iron mountain road is so great on a motorcycle! Great to stop at one of the outlooks and see Mt Rushmore in the distance.

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New Jersey
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23 reviews 23 reviews
19 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

This park is huge and beautiful with many lakes and hiking areas. You can see different wildlife, including buffaloes up close. Its a great place to stay with lots of cabins.

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