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Wildlife Loop Road

Custer, SD
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Ranked #5 of 26 Attractions in Custer
Type: Scenic Drives
Activities: Driving
Traveler Description: The wildlife loop road is pretty cool, it's to be done slowly.....take in the scenery and look for animals.  You may only see a small group of... more »
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Roanoke, Virginia
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31 reviews 31 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

I'm the 'get there as quickly as you can' dad on vacations, so the thought of taking hours to drive through a park wasn't my idea of fun. But once I resigned myself to the fact that scenery and animals trump speed, I had a great time. There is a photo op at every turn! We saw buffalo (one was... More

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Appleton, Wisconsin, United States
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20 reviews 20 reviews
12 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

I wished we could have gone through earlier in the morning or later in the day but had other plans. We did miss seeing the herds of buffalo blocking traffic but did see a few along side the road on the way to the Wildlife Loop Road. We did see some pronghorn deer but were well aware going in the... More

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Chicago, IL
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85 reviews 85 reviews
16 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW

This drive reminded me a little of our safari in Africa, only fewer animals (but that was to be expected). Our five year old daughter really enjoyed the ride, and seeing how close we could get to the buffalo and donkey! Definitely recommend doing the drive early in the day or close to dusk, you will see a lot more... More

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Oakland
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85 reviews 85 reviews
24 attraction reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014 NEW

This was an excellent spot for our Harley while in SD for the Black Hills Rally. Rolling hills, bison (very far off) donkeys and antelope abound. An worthwhile ride.

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Barrington, Illinois
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332 reviews 332 reviews
93 attraction reviews
123 helpful votes 123 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

The entire loop can take a full day if you take your time (Iron Mountain Road, Wildlife Loop, and Pinnacles). But it's worth it for the scenery and views.

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WestSlope,CO
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98 reviews 98 reviews
33 attraction reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

The drive is worthwhile just for the scenic views of prairie and rolling hills, but the main draw is the possibility of spotting bison (buffalo), donkeys, pronghorn, deer, prairie dogs, and other wildlife. One can easily drive this oneself, but a guided tour would be nice, too. One review described this drive as the American equivalent to an African safari,... More

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Appleton, Wisconsin
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33 reviews 33 reviews
16 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

you see prong horned antelope, buffalo, mountain goats and sheep and an occasional bear, though not many of those here. Many opportunities to take pictures, and watch them graze and browse. Some white tailed deer as well.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

I have never seen anything like it. It was the most amazing site ever! The buffalo were truly amazing to see as they crested over the hill toward us and then surrounded our car keeping a close eye on their young. A few times the males would get into altercations and that was most impressive yet scary because of their... More

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Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
16 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Did this loop around 5 or 6 pm and toward the end we were in the middle of a herd of buffalo including calves. Just an amazing experience.

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Frankewing TN
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

We loved seeing the buffalo as though it was 100 years ago. Spread out on the beautiful rolling hills made for beautiful pictures.

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