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“One of the best motorcycle roads in the nation”

Ranked #213 of 480 things to do in South Dakota
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Owner description: A scenic road named for the South Dakota governor and senator, through the Black Hills.
Reviewed April 20, 2013

OMG is this road cool. It takes you past some cool landmarks like Mount Rushmore. If you like curvy roads, this is the road for you. One of the most interesting things there that I have not seen anywhere else are the pigtails. It is where the road curves around itself (like a pigtail) to make a large change in elevation. You go across a bridge, curve around and continue to drive under the bridge. You have to see it for yourself. There are many places to pull off to admire the site and nature. I love this road just as much as the Tail of the Dragon.

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Reviewed October 17, 2012

We took our family trip to the Black Hills in October when all the summer crowds were gone, so Driving these gorgeous rods were even better because we didn't have anyone in front or behind us to take away from the amazing sights! The cool bridges and tunnels had our kids "ooing" and "ahhing" all the way down to Keystone. and to be able to see Mount Rushmore when you came to a tunnel was truly awesome! This is part of Custer State Park and there could be park fees in the summer. There are no rest facilities on the drive, so be sure to use restrooms before starting or at the end.

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Reviewed September 2, 2011

Beautiful scenic drive, albeit portion of the road is too curvy and make us felt dizzy after a while. Prepare to spend 3 to 4 hours on the byway and a stop at Peter Norbeck Overlook for a good view of Mount Rushmore. Near the Needles Highway is the Sylvan Lake that also worth a short 30 minutes to 1 hour walk. You can rent a Paddleboats to enjoy the interesting granite rock formation near the lake.

It worth 4 stars, I give it five stars because the great vision of Peter Norbeck. Having said that, being there once is enough for me.

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Reviewed August 17, 2011

After left Belle Fourch, We had a picnic near the creek, the water was so cold. A lovely daytrip to this Scenic road. Don't forget to pay a visit to the Site of "Dance with the wolf".

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Reviewed July 25, 2010

The Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway was a beautiful drive through Custer State Park. Iron Mountain Road is part of the byway, and it is a long and winding road with many tunnels. There is one point where you can turn out and view Mount Rushmore. Needles highway is also part of the byway. Along this portion, you can view Needles Eye, the Cathedral Spires, and other natural features of the park. Doing the byway is a good way to view a lot of the interesting features in Custer State Park. You see wildlife in the Wildlife Loop. We saw buffalo, burros, pronghorns, white tail deer, prairie dogs,and mule deer. It is better to do it in the morning when there are fewer people out and about. We left at 7:30, and were rarely disturbed by any other tourists. (This was in the middle of July.) It is a must see for those touring the Black Hills. For those driving large vehicles, especially RVs, please be aware that the tunnels are narrow and not very high. Someone driving a RV got stuck in one of the tunnels and we all had to back up down the very curvy and steep road. Allow a lot of time to do the scenic drive (1/2-to a full day). We took a ton of pictures, which slowed us down.

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