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Iron Mountain Road, Custer

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Offering sweeping views over switchbacks and through tunnels, you'll experience life in the slow lane along Iron Mountain Road. This 27 km (17 mi) stretch of scenic road was designed specifically to slow drivers down so they could enjoy the Black Hills and the road's architecture. Consisting of a series of severe switchbacks and pigtail bridges that twist up and around over the road below, this route is fun to drive at a leisurely pace. The road stretches from Mt. Rushmore National Memorial to Custer State Park. At various spots along the way, it is possible to see one or more of the presidential faces of Mt. Rushmore framed through the opening of a tunnel. Keep your eye out for antelope, deer, and mountain lions--you might even come across a herd of buffalo crossing the road. To visit Iron Mountain Road and other attractions in Custer, use our Custer trip itinerary builder.
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You'll feel like you're experiencing life in the Old West on the outskirts of Custer, where several vacation cabins combine the grandeur of the Black Hills' scenery with amenities such as in-room televisions and Wi-Fi. Many are located just a short drive from Main Street. For a real adventure, consider staying in one of the area's campgrounds. To explore Custer's cultural delights on foot, book a room in a downtown hotel, motel, or bed and breakfast.
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  • Fabulous drive. The scenery is stunning, and the tunnels are an amazing work of engineering. Don't forget to stop at the view points for some great photo opportunities.  more »
  • Just heading back from Keystone and came across a large herd of buffalo. They were crossing the road and you could not get passed.  more »
  • Interesting drive again take your time, the tunnels are narrow and you do run into on coming traffic. there are two tunnels that if you are going towards Mt.Rushmore offer a "framed" picture view. We ...  more »