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Iron Mountain Road

Custer State Park, Custer, SD
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Ranked #1 of 4 Activities in Custer
Type: Scenic Drives
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Austin, Texas
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88 reviews 88 reviews
55 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

This is a nice drive, though the scenery is not nearly as stunning as that on Needles Highway. The reason to drive this road is to experience the "pigtail" bridges. These bridges are engineering wonders, as they curve and change elevation. They were created to conquer the unique terrain in this area & are as pleasing to the eye as... More

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Winnipeg, Canada
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52 reviews 52 reviews
28 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Definately enjoyable. We took a lot of pictures and saw a lot of beautiful vistas. We stopped a lot as there seemed to be more lookout points with parking on this road than there was on the needles highway. It's definately nicer outside the park. The tunnels (3, 2, 1) are larger than they are on the needles highway and... More

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Aurora, Colorado
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140 reviews 140 reviews
51 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

I would highly recommend driving this road from Rt 36 toward Keystone and Mt Rushmore which allows you to see Mt Rushmore "framed" by several of the narrow tunnels you drive through along the route. The tunnels, "pigtail" bridges and views are all very impressive, as is the engineering that was involved to build this road. The road is in... More

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Orlando
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30 reviews 30 reviews
3 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

17 of us road motorcycles through Iron Mountain Road and Needles Hwy. What amazing sites along the ride. The pigtail bridges and switchbacks are amazing. The road is in great condition and the views are unbelievable.

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Cumberland
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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Amazing feat of engineering. Pavement is in good shape. Traffic is a bit slow, but that is the point. Pay attention as you enter the tunnels, as they are one way, and they frame Mt. Rushmore. Allow yourself plenty of time for this short stretch of road, you will want it. I wouldn't recommend for the novice rider.

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Winnipeg
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26 reviews 26 reviews
16 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Loved this road for the views from the tunnels to Mount Rushmore and the pigtail bridges (those bridges are so beautiful). Worth the trip up towards Mount Rushmore. Saw a bison by the road as well.

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Clarksville, Tennessee, United States
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46 reviews 46 reviews
15 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

This road is beautiful. Many rock formations and several tunnels that as you enter or exit you will see Mt Rushmore in the distant. Makes for an excellent photo opportunity for you and the family!

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Humboldt, SK
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

This was one of the highlights of our trip! The winding road, the pine trees, the rocks, the scenery! Absolutely breathtaking!

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Freeport, Pennsylvania
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107 attraction reviews
169 helpful votes 169 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

If you have time for only one drive in the Custer State Park area, take this one. If you can take only two, drive both Iron Mountain and Pinnacles. The road was engineered to be scenic. The tunnel positions were fixed first because they all frame Mt Rushmore. (Two frame it traveling northbound, the other frames it southbound). Then the... More

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Usa
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48 reviews 48 reviews
32 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Got to know this road when we were in the area. You can see the presidents through a tunnel at least twice on the road. Some are really good positions. The road is in good condition although one lanes during passing tunnels.

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