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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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  • We have made some really great drives with spectacular scenery in the US: the PCH from LA to Seattle, the rim around the Grand Canyon, the eastern seaboard from Annapolis to Key West, the roads throug...  more »
  • Are this magnificent road driven with the Harleys. Summary: 17 miles, 314 curves, 14 switchbacks, 3 pigtails, 3 tunnels, 2 splits and 4 Presidents. The narrow road divides 2 x on several 100 meters, leads to never-ending curves through 3 tunnels directly on Mount Rushmore. You go not realizing in the tunnel in and see the 4 Presidents in the face on the other side directly. An absolute must for every biker, South Dakota
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  • This is a great scenic drive, with cool tunnels and bridges - and if you are heading toward Rushmore, you'll be treated to some great views as you come around some bends.  more »