Best Scenic Drives in South Dakota

This list represents the most popular scenic drives in South Dakota. Use this list to plan your next South Dakota scenic drives trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

  • #1 Badlands National Park

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    Interior, SD

    Spanning 80 million years of geologic history, the biggest area of badlands in the nation is an outstanding example of erosion and weathering. The fossil-rich area is both awe-inspiring in its ...
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    Spanning 80 million years of geologic history, the biggest area of badlands in the nation is an outstanding example of erosion ...

  • #2 Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway

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    Custer, SD

    A 70-mile double-loop drive in the heart of South Dakota’s Black Hills. The Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway traverses a wonderfully diverse region of the Black Hills. The highways are paved; traffic ...
    •  70 miles
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    A 70-mile double-loop drive in the heart of South Dakota’s Black Hills. The Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway traverses a wonderfully ...

  • #3 Mount Rushmore National Memorial

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    Keystone, SD

    Mount Rushmore National Memorial is part of the highly scenic Black Hills region. It is a symbol of America every bit as much as the Statue of Liberty. And it’s worth every effort to see because ...
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    Mount Rushmore National Memorial is part of the highly scenic Black Hills region. It is a symbol of America every bit as ...

  • #4 Fort Meade Back Country Byway

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    Sturgis, SD

    This 5-mile Type I byway travels through forested hills on the eastern edge of South Dakota’s Black Hills near Sturgis. The Fort Meade Back Country Byway threads through pine-covered hills on ...
    •  5 miles
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    This 5-mile Type I byway travels through forested hills on the eastern edge of South Dakota’s Black Hills near Sturgis. The ...

  • #5 Spearfish Canyon Highway

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    Cheyenne Crossing, SD

    A 20-mile highway through a steep-walled, limestone canyon in the Black Hills. Spearfish Canyon Highway winds alongside Spearfish Creek through a high-walled limestone canyon. The wide, paved ...
    •  20 miles
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    A 20-mile highway through a steep-walled, limestone canyon in the Black Hills. Spearfish Canyon Highway winds alongside Spearfish ...