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This scenic drive passes by tall rock formations and through tunnels.
  • Excellent84%
  • Very good13%
  • Average1%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Custer State Park, SD
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"custer state park"
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"beautiful drive"
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"rock formations"
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"take your time"
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"black hills"
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"sylvan lake"
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"hairpin turns"
in 29 reviews
"cathedral spires"
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"take pictures"
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"one lane tunnels"
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"windy road"
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"tight curves"
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"large vehicle"
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"needle's eye"
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"iron mountain road"
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Reviewed yesterday

After touring the state park and getting lunch in the city of Custer, we returned to the park to travel the Needles Highway. Don't expect a wide open road. The Highway is narrow throughout, and breathtakingly narrow in the tunnels, but slow is the way...More

Thank glrob54
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Reviewed 3 days ago

The views were incredible. The roads through the "needles eyes" were so fun to do. This ended up being one of our top things we did/saw so definitely recommend it!

Thank Lynndzr
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Reviewed 4 days ago

This drive is not for the faint of heart...drive slow, take your time and you can't be in a hurry. Great views along the way, several one vehicle only tunnels so you just have to be patient. A must do if you are in the...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

Some stunning views. Go around one turn after another and ... wow! Was sorry to see teens climbing on the rocks.

Thank M S
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We took the drive through Custer state park on the Needles highway. What a beautiful drive. The only issue we experienced was at the narrow tunnel when there were way too many cars and even a tour bus wanting to get through. Some tempers were...More

Thank trooper198
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Reviewed 6 days ago

it was an amazing drive. Hard to believe workers making this highway in the late 20's. Driving through the small tunnels were just incredible. Took us about 2-3 hours with stopping at almost EVERY view point. Do not miss this drive if your car will...More

1  Thank tonya b
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We got to sit in the middle of a herd of bison, just observing behavior and animals. A great way to spend a day!

Thank Ade A
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Reviewed 1 week ago

completed the Needles Highway drive. unbelievable road, scenery, and views that no one should miss. the road goes through short tunnels and between tall steep rocks. nearby mountains with near vertical sides are so awesome. the Sylvan Lake is magnificent to view. pictures can not...More

Thank timothymQ2448MY
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Needles Highway winds and twists through Custer State Park. Along the way there are spires of rock (needles) and wildlife including buffalo and burros. After the drive through the park, the road up Iron Mountain will offer gorgeous views and glimpses of Mount Rushmore, some...More

Thank MsBiker
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Liked it so much we had to travel it twice. One beautiful sight after another. I really loved all the small tunnels you have to travel through.

Thank Jack A
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Mark F
23 June 2018|
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Response from Sharon C | Reviewed this property |
Very slow driving due to extreme hairpin turns, takes longer than you think it will, as in a couple hours.
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Bettys1951
21 June 2018|
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Response from Sharon C | Reviewed this property |
No way! The roads are extremely slow going, think 5-20 mph at times. Mt. Rushmore does not need much time, but the Crazy Horse Monument there is a lot too see if you like Native American artifacts, the movie is about 20". I... More
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griffindenise75
8 June 2018|
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Response from Sharon C | Reviewed this property |
Probably pretty tight but doable
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