From Keystone, SD, we wandered onto US-16A … the Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway. Now THAT’S a scenic byway. Beautiful curved roads that wound their way through evergreen forests and through a series of tunnels. At the end of at least two of the one-lane tunnels were amazing views of the four presidents. Norbeck did a fine job of creating this drive. At some point, we were on Needles Highway as well. Both are well worth it.
Custer State Park in the Black Hills honors General Custer, and contains French Creek, where Custer's expedition first discovered gold in 1874. (FYI, Little Big Horn is in Montana.) Its 71,000 acres boast several scenic drives, including the granite spires of Needles Highway and the 1300 bison along Wildlife Loop Road. The park is also home to pronghorn antelope, mountain goats, bighorn sheep, deer, elk, wild turkeys, and a band of friendly burros, although we saw only buffalo, antelope and prairie dog.
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