Time to Hit the Road.
After all, that’s why you’re here. To get behind the wheel, to get back in saddle and open her up. Time to put the top down and the landing gear up. You’re ready to roll.
Just think. You look good in your classic car or on your bike. Think of how much better the two of you will look on one of our scenic byways!
Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway
Frank Lloyd Wright took one look and was in awe. The 23 mile drive might leave you speechless too. Best enjoyed in vehicles that are open to the air- after all, objects in a convertible are closer than they appear.
Iron Mountain Road
Iron Mountain Road / Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway is famous for it’s “Pigtail Bridges.” They are 360-degrees of curavature, many ending up in a tunnel as you ascend to the top of Iron Mountain for a most unique view of the Mt. Rushmore complex.
There are few drives in America that can make your spouse or your kids put down their iPads, look out the window and say wow! This is one of them.
Drive to Devil’s Tower
This little day trip takes you to the Wyoming side of the Black Hills. Through the town of Aladdin with it’s famous “General Store,” up and over the Bear Lodge Mountains to land at Devil’s Tower, just like the aliens in Close Encounters. I’m sure your reaction will be the same as theirs – how did this thing get there? Fun fact: Devil’s Tower was our nation’s first National Monument, thanks to Teddy Roosevelt (see Mt. Rushmore).
Custer State Park Wildlife Loop
Not exactly lions and tigers and bears. But you will drive amongst the nation’s largest wild buffalo herd. And chances are you’ll come nose to bumper with a wild burro or two. And always antelope. We take them for granted and could use a lesson or two in appreciation when our visitors take time to notice them! Keep a score card handy and see if you can spot mule deer, elk, big horn sheep, mountain goats, squirrels, eagles and hawks as you take this 18-mile scenic jaunt through the United State’s largest state park. You may even see a mountain lion. But If you see a bear, it’s time to call the Park Ranger.
Other drives of note:
- Take a trip up Vanocker Canyon out of Sturgis.
- Drive U.S. Highway 385 up from Deadwood and all the way to Pringle (the elk capital of South Dakota)
- Do a loop from Spearfish, through Belle Fourche (visiting the center of the nation monument) and over to Bear Butte State Park.
- You can hike to the top in an hour. Return to Spearfish via Sturgis.
- Rapid City to Pactola Reservoir via Rim Rock Highway (SD Hwy 44)