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.

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#1. Badlands National Park


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 beauty…
From the guidebook "Great American Wilderness: Touring America's National Parks"
Interior, SD - Scenic Drives Best Trail in sd - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Hunter Publishing

#2. Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway


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 is mod…
From the guidebook "National Forest Scenic Byways Rocky Mountains"
Custer, SD - Scenic Drives - 70 miles Best Trail in sd - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#3. Mount Rushmore National Memorial


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 it is…
From the guidebook "Great American Wilderness: Touring America's National Parks"
Keystone, SD - Scenic Drives
Published by Hunter Publishing

#4. Fort Meade Back Country Byway


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 the nort…
From the guidebook "Scenic Driving Back Country Byways"
Sturgis, SD - Scenic Drives - 5 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#5. Spearfish Canyon Highway


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 road asc…
From the guidebook "National Forest Scenic Byways Rocky Mountains"
Cheyenne Crossing, SD - Scenic Drives - 20 miles
Published by Falcon Guides