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Needles Eye is interesting.

Needles Eye was very interesting. It was amusing watching vehicles squeeze through the "Needles... read more

Reviewed 26 October 2017
Florence, Alabama
A Fun Drive?!

We had a few hours to spare before the evening lighting ceremony at Mt. Rushmore, so we drove the... read more

Reviewed 24 October 2017
Easton, Pennsylvania
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A geological formation located in Custer State Park.
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Reviewed 26 October 2017

Needles Eye was very interesting. It was amusing watching vehicles squeeze through the "Needles Eye"! Would definitely visit again just for the experience!

Thank bhb74
Reviewed 24 October 2017

We had a few hours to spare before the evening lighting ceremony at Mt. Rushmore, so we drove the Needles Highway in Custer State Park. The $20 entrance fee took me by surprise, but then again, we were already there, so why not. It's not...More

Thank TheSimpleTraveler
Reviewed 22 October 2017 via mobile

I would not take this drive if I were driving. Luckily my husband handled it just fine. Narrow tunnels where only one car can pass through at a time. We were here in Oct so traffic wasn't too bad. I can't imagine the horror of...More

Thank Catherine C
Reviewed 18 October 2017

If you don't mind driving on narrow roads with cliffs, you will find this place just stunning. The rock formations are out of this world and just amazing. Loved every second of this byway. Photographers dream.

Thank Sabine J
Reviewed 17 October 2017

The Needles Eye is on a narrow, winding road about 14 miles in length. Full of scenery, rock formations and two tunnels, one is 8'4" wide. If you are in South Dakota, this is a must do along with the Wildlife Loop---both in Custer State...More

Thank ballhawg
Reviewed 17 October 2017

This is road that you MUST drive on. Every corner is more beautiful than the last. It was great ride and truly enjoyed it

Thank 2Altmeier
Reviewed 17 October 2017 via mobile

If you're in the area, this is a must do. It doesn't take long and the scenery is so worth the entrance fee. I think it was $20/car. We didn't even think to pack a picnic lunch, but that's what we should have done in...More

Thank Laurel M
Reviewed 16 October 2017 via mobile

Awesome and you can then do another one of the best drives in the US, iron Mountain road. Once you drive these, you KNOW why bikers come. And if you plan right you can stop at the end at the Sylvan Lake Lodge and have...More

Thank Kavoom
Reviewed 16 October 2017 via mobile

It's late in the season, but we decided to take a sunset drive on the Needles Highway. It did not disappoint, with dramatic lighting on each scene. There was snow on the ground from earlier in he week, so it's pretty likely that will be...More

Thank ELLeonard
Reviewed 15 October 2017

A tricky drive, well worth the effort, offering splendid views of these iconic landscape features. Plenty of photo ops, but best to go in dry weather.

Thank GreatLakeNomads
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janet w
26 June 2017|
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Response from Barry C | Reviewed this property |
I think they would enjoy Wall Drug with giant Jackalopes, etc. as picture opportunities and the food. Badlands loop road is nearby and good to see. Needles highway in Custer State Park is interesting (dangerous in winter... More
14 January 2017|
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Response from old_mountie | Reviewed this property |
Ride it whenever you can if you are passing through. Did the trip last week in June on my Wing accompanied by my brother on his wing. There was not much traffic. Optimum time would be spring/fall outside of the school... More
tina r
28 June 2016|
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Response from WYOJuls | Reviewed this property |
My brother had his dog with: make note of the leash requirements in custer state park. The beaches are little more restrictive then the camp areas.