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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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  • Iron Mountain Rd, with the grand finale being the sight of Mt Rushmore in the distance, is something that I wish every American could experience. What a sight! 
  • This is in Custer State Park, the scenery is wonderful, there plenty of car parks to admire the views 
  • A winding mountain road, narrow (it does not intersect everywhere) and bordering to absolutely dizzying cliffs. We discover the BlackHills and its beautiful landscapes and enjoy the show it takes time, we don't drive fast and stop often. You're not alone, but in the middle of July it was not so crowded
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