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Great drive

Beautiful drive that loops south from Mount Rushmore. S curves and steep elevations with fantastic... read more

Reviewed 3 September 2017
CTK6955
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St. Augustine, Florida
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Scenic Byway

This entire area is just so amazingly beautiful. We drove Needles Highway, Custer State Park, Iron... read more

Reviewed 29 April 2017
Pamomanddad
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Johnstown, Pennsylvania
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A scenic road named for the South Dakota governor and senator, through the Black Hills.
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Reviewed 3 September 2017 via mobile

Beautiful drive that loops south from Mount Rushmore. S curves and steep elevations with fantastic rock formations. Be careful through the narrow rock tunnels and make sure you have someone on the other side to take the picture!

1  Thank CTK6955
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Reviewed 29 April 2017

This entire area is just so amazingly beautiful. We drove Needles Highway, Custer State Park, Iron Mountain Road and Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway. The pigtail bridges, tunnels and winding roads were an awesome experience for us!I highly recommend this adventure for anyone travelling in the...More

1  Thank Pamomanddad
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Reviewed 31 October 2016

The drive is fantastic, the scenery is stunning, rock formations, wildlife, tunnels, winding roads it has it all, it also gives some views of Mt. Rushmore. It has lots of places to pullover for pics. one spot called Profile In Granite which gives you a...More

1  Thank butch447
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Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

This is one amazing drive. Make sure to stop at the pull outs. The views are really incredible. The road gets pretty crazy at times, but it is fun. My uncle who doesn't like heights didn't like this at all. But I loved it. There...More

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Reviewed 5 October 2016 via mobile

Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway really offers amazing vistas and it's fun to drive. Definitely worth a detour.

Thank Jan R
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Reviewed 27 June 2016

This scenic byway is 70 miles long and includes Needles Highway, Iron Mountain Road, Sylvan Lake Road, and others. To say that this is just a scenic byway would be an understatement as you see some absolutely stunning scenery along the way from towering granite...More

1  Thank BionicOne
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Reviewed 15 June 2016

My wife and I rode the Peter Norbec Scenic Byway in early June. Iron Mountain Road and Needles Highway are both amazing. I can't say enough about the beauty of nature in this area. We also enjoyed the wildlife loop through Custer State Park. It...More

Thank CalebPittman
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Reviewed 30 December 2015 via mobile

Loved the tunnels and cork screw roads. View of Mt Rushmore thru that on tunnel was absolutely amazing. Almost wanted to do another loop. Going in winter was awesome - no traffic.

1  Thank jmb_co
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Reviewed 27 September 2015

If your are in South Dakota then this scenic drive is a must do. It comprises four highways, so you will no doubt use part of it in getting round. One of my favourite sections is the Needles Highway. As we wound our way around...More

4  Thank Teresa N
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Reviewed 22 September 2015

We took this trip in a bus. I can only imagine how fun it would be in a car or motorcycle. The scenery is beyond words. The one thing you MUST do...when driving through a tunnel, be sure to note how Mound Rushmore is framed...More

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sharon751897
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Response from jmb_co | Reviewed this property |
Better late than never? It could depend on the season. The southern portion which I did in winter, north to south worked. I think there are views that work best from this direction.
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