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Needles Highway

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Address: Custer State Park, SD

This scenic drive passes by tall rock formations and through tunnels.

This scenic drive passes by tall rock formations and through tunnels.

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Take your time

Incredible drive from Mt Rushmore through Custer State Park and the Needles Highway and on out through Deadwood, Lead, and the Spearfish Canyon out to I90. Take your time, drive... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Mike O
Houston, Texas

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Incredible drive from Mt Rushmore through Custer State Park and the Needles Highway and on out through Deadwood, Lead, and the Spearfish Canyon out to I90. Take your time, drive carefully as its a narrow winding road but extremely scenic.

Thank Mike O
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A must see after Mount Rushmore. Extremely cool rock formations. You can see both in one day. Great drive.

Thank Rick B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The last time I went to the Sturgis Rally my friend wanted to ride Needles Highway so I said sure, let's go. I was on a 1987 Kawasaki Concours which is a very capable but slightly top heavy bike. The trip was great even with the bike acting up on account of the altitude. The views are just tremendous but... More 

Thank Loren K
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017 via mobile

There are size restrictions for vehicles, so being in a camper we considered skipping this stop on our way home, but it worked out so we were able to take the drive. The roads are very small and wind back and forth, but the needle formations are very interesting to look at. There are also areas where you can park... More 

Thank Y8368OZsamantha
Juneau, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017

Had so much fun driving this road we actually drove it three times in three days. Could not believe how the rock was carved out to actually drive through it!!!! Amazing photo opportunity all along this road

Thank chelstaysmom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

We drove from Wyoming to South Dakota on a beautiful fall day in November. The Needles Highway was my most favorite thing to see, along with Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse. This is about 14 mile road, but takes a good 1/2 hour to travel. Take your time and take lots of photos. God's beauty is breathtaking.

Thank GOPManda
Nanaimo, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

Go for it! Measure your vehicle carefully to be sure that you will make it through the 3 tunnels on the Needles Highway. You can get information about the tunnel sizes at the visitor centre. Views from the road and hiking trails are spectacular. This is high elevation country. Take your time and enjoy the views. The road ends at... More 

Thank 1950Jam2012
Kalamazoo, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

This was my first visit to the Black Hills area. The views were breathtaking. Around every turn the vistas were unbelievable. We also did the Badlands, Mt. Rushmore, Crazy Horse, Iron Road Highway, Custer State Park, Spearfish Canyon. What an adventure! Many attractions were closed for the season, but the crowds were minimal. I tend to go in the opposite... More 

Thank Patricia D
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

Needles Hiway drive is a must, it is 14 miles of turns, and stunning scenery, we had the pleasure on the way up passing by a lone grazing Bison, seeing the needle like rock formations is amazing, it has some small tunnels through the mountain. Once you reach the top you go through the needles eye, a rock formation carved... More 

Thank butch447
Upstate NY
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

It's a very long 14 miles when you are the one behind the wheel. Since the road is so narrow with many tight hairpin turns and a few extremely narrow tunnels, you can't really enjoy the scenery when driving. You can certainly appreciate the considerate drivers approaching you that manage to stay on their own side of the road though!... More 

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