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A feat of engineering, this 14-mile scenic byway in Custer National Park dives through narrow tunnels, wraps around granite spires, and offers endless instagram-worthy vistas.

Perfect for a pre or post Black Hills/Badlands adventure, Needles Highway is the joyride of a lifetime. 

Entrance to Custer State Park costs 10 dollars, and do be prepared to keep it in low gear behind RVs and motorcycles. Pull-offs for photos and general marveling are frequent. 

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  • Camera
  • Cash
  • Good set of brakes
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Ashley Stimpson

chesapeake-based backpacker and travel writer. sometimes paddler, wannabe birder. there's such a lot of world to see.

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