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Needles Eye

Custer, SD
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Ranked #4 of 26 Attractions in Custer
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Geologic Formations
Activities: Rock climbing
Description: A geological formation located in Custer State Park.
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So Cal
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131 reviews 131 reviews
35 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

The drive is along the Needles Highway. There are many places to stop for photos. The main attractions seem to be near the western end of the road. That is where the Needles Eye is located. If you have the time, try to do the entire road. Note that there is a one lane tunnel near Needles Eye and traffic... More

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Winnipeg, Canada
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44 reviews 44 reviews
25 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

We loved the ride up the needles highway but when we got to Tunnel 5 there was a traffic jam and people running around outside their cars, seeming as if they were wanting to be hit by a car. There was also a lineup of cars, campers and yes even a tour bus for God's sake waiting to get into... More

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18 reviews 18 reviews
13 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

Not a quick drive to this area, but the whole "needles highway" is so beautiful! Well worth the drive...amazing scenery and such unique rock formations!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

There is a parking area to allow you to view the needles eye and to also see the most amazing views around. There is an information board to tell you about the rock formations. You will find yourself stopping every time you turn a corner to stare at the beautiful scenery. I liked everything about the natural beauty and disliked... 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

Needles was one of the great rides in the entire area! As it was our first Sturgis, Black Hills Rally trip, we knew we would enjoy ourselves but were ecstatic to enjoy Needles and the other amazing areas of the region. The corkscrew, tunnels that were tight for motorcycles, seemed impossible for cars and SUVs! But they got through! The... More

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17 reviews 17 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

We ride through the park on our Harley, and it was awesome and beautiful. We stopped along the way took photos and enjoyed the views. We loved our trip to SD!!!

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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

Haven't seen anyplace exactly like this in all my travels. Worth the side trip just to see the tunnels.

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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

No problem telling this is supposed to be a needle with eye in the formation. Great picture taking across the road from the rock. Very narrow tunnels, long. You need patience as others come through from the other side.

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

Amazing site to see. However beware if you are prone to motion or car sickness. Prepare ahead to time. You don't want to miss it because it is beautiful. Gorgeous vista views along the way as well as the needles eye. Also know where you are going as the guide from Custer State Park gave use the wring directions so... More

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Minot, North Dakota
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87 reviews 87 reviews
34 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

There is nothing quite like the "needles" formations in the area around Sylvan Lake. They are popular to visit, see, photograph, climb, and admire. When you get even a few dozen buses, cars, hikers, climbing groups, and tourists in motorcycles or cars, it is a ZOO! Be patient. Everybody will eventually make room, but don't expect to get an ideal... More

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