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A scenic road named for the South Dakota governor and senator, through the...

A scenic road named for the South Dakota governor and senator, through the Black Hills.

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Scenic Byway

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... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Johnstown, Pennsylvania
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Johnstown, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 Black Hills Area. At the end of the drive is Tunnel View - where the... More 

Thank Pamomanddad
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
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 spectacular profile of Washington with the back story, it is one of the must do's... More 

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 are one lane tunnels along the way. If you are patient and take your time... More 

Thank angelina t
Tampere, Finland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
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
Cincinnati, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 211 helpful votes
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 spires, tunnels carved through granite, pig-tail bridges, hairpin turns, and wildlife. This is one of... More 

Thank BionicOne
Birmingham, Alabama
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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 is definitely worth the time.

Thank DieTryingHTFU
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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
Yarra Glen, Australia
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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 the twisting road we saw shaggy white mountain goats eating, lots of squirrels scurrying across... More 

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Hart, Michigan
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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 within the tunnel. The engineers of the byway specifically designed the tunnels to showcase Mount... More 

1 Thank HP876
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142 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 August 2015

This is a beautiful drive, thoughtfully laid out to showcase the beautiful scenery of the Black Hills. We rode this Byway on our motorcycle along with 5 other couples who were with us for the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Beautiful twisty scenic ride - loved it!!!

Thank Connie B

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