5: Needles Highway Scenic Drive
The Needles Highway Scenic Drive was planned and created by former South Dakota Governor Peter Norbeck, who personally marked the entire road as he rode on horseback and walked the route. The construction of this scenic drive was completed in 1922 and now millions of people can drive along the fourteen-mile road to see views of the mountains, forests, and low lying meadows. This scenic drive is only open from the spring until the fall, so visitors will want to plan accordingly if they want to venture there to catch a glimpse of the Needle’s Eye, which is a rock formation that was created by wind, rain, and the freezing and thawing of the rain and snow.
Address: Needles Highway, Custer State Park, SD