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“Awesome views”
Review of Needles Highway

Needles Highway
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Ranked #12 of 470 things to do in South Dakota
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Owner description: This scenic drive passes by tall rock formations and through tunnels.
Borger, Texas
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Awesome views”
Reviewed June 6, 2013

Enjoyed this drive with all of its tunnels, curves, bridges, and beautiful views. We are planning on doing this highway again but with motorcycles next time. This is one that everyone should go one at least once. And the wildlife you get to see is awesome!

Visited June 2013
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carmel
Level 6 Contributor
332 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
“Needles Highway”
Reviewed June 3, 2013

what a great drive! We really enjoyed the scenery. This whole state has a lot of great things to see but some areas just take it to a new level. This area did it. Saw a few buffalo and dee.

Visited June 2013
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Scarborough
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197 reviews
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“Very enjoyable drive”
Reviewed June 2, 2013

This road is not one to rush on, in places it can be very narrow, twisty, steep and just plain dangerous, but it's easily worth a drive. The tunnels carved through the hillside are fantastic and as long as you're driving in the right direction, Mount Rushmore is framed perfectly in front of you through each tunnel you drive, it really is a great feat. The scenery is fantastic and there's plenty of places to stop and take in the views and surroundings. Watch for wildlife suddenly appearing at the roadside without warning and darting over the road in front of you, we saw several near misses whilst chugging along.

Visited September 2012
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Farmington, Connecticut
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540 reviews
378 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 605 helpful votes
“The part near Sylvan Lake is the best”
Reviewed May 27, 2013

We drove from Sylvan Lake to Mt. Rushmore on the Needles Highway. The views and formations near the beginning were by far the best. Most of the drive was the same views we had been seeing elsewhere driving around to the major tourist spots. If we had been stuck behind an RV or slow-moving car, this drive would have felt eternal.

Visited May 2013
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Clinton, Wisconsin
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14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Best of the Black Hills”
Reviewed May 19, 2013

Needles Highway is far and away my favorite attraction in the Black Hills. It is a stunningly beautiful drive; however, it is only good for those who want to truly marvel at the splendor of God's creation. The drive is narrow, steep, and winding and even treacherous in areas. For anyone in a hurry or who is impatient, this is not the way to go. For anyone who loves magnificent scenery and is willing to take the time, this is the only way to go. I recommend taking it south to north.

Visited May 2013
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