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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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  • August 14, 2017
    I love the iron Mountain Road. I have been here 5 or 6 times and always enjoy the ride. I wouldn't recommend a car but many travel it. To truly enjoy I'd recommend a motorcycle.  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    Easy to find. Just follow 16A. Wanted to like it more, but just didn't care for it. I thought there'd be some better views of Mt Rushmore, but only saw a couple decent ones. It was further away than I...  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    This is absolutely the Greatest Motorcycle Ride I ever made. If you plan on visiting during Sturgis Rally may I suggest visiting here a couple days before or after the Rally. There are so many bikers ...  more »

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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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