South Dakota January 05, 2020
The 5 Most Terrifying Drives You Can Possibly Take In South Dakota
When it comes to jaw-dropping drives, there is no better place to be than South Dakota, which is home to such gorgeous places as Badlands National Park, the Native American National and State Scenic Byway, and Spearfish Canyon. On the flip-side, however, South Dakota is also home to some terrifying and downright dangerous drives, including:
1. Iron Mountain Road (Custer and Pennington Counties)
One of the curviest and windiest roads in all of the Mount Rushmore State is Iron Mountain Road, a 17-mile stretch of the iconic Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway that features a whopping 314 curves and 14 switchbacks. While the surrounding scenery is positively picturesque, be sure to keep your hands on the wheel and eyes on the road, as all of Iron Mountain Road's turns and curves can be incredibly dangerous.
2. Needles Highway (Custer and Pennington Counties)
Arguably the most easy-to-recognize road in the state, the Needles Highway (or Highway 87) was thought to be impossible to build but came to fruition in 1922 after workers blasted tunnels into a few of the surrounding granite "needles." In addition to driving through the narrow tunnels, the Needles Highway is deemed dangerous for several sharp turns and - due to safety concerns - is closed in the winter.
3. Catron Boulevard and Highway 16 (Rapid City)
Named the most dangerous intersection in South Dakota by
, Catron Boulevard and Highway 16 has been the home to countless car accidents, many of which have caused either severe injury or - even worse - death.
4. Wildlife Loop State Scenic Byway (Custer State Park)
While it may not be dangerous in the same sense as the other roads on our list, this scenic and famous drive requires the driver's undivided attention, thanks to the bison that call the area home. (Have you ever had to brake for and/or hit a deer? It's like that, but times 50.)
5. Interstate 90
According to the
, Interstate 90 is the deadliest stretch of road in South Dakota, citing how the westbound lane has seen 18 fatalities from 2015 to 2017, plus an additional 10 in the eastbound lane, and another 9 along the CR-Bureau of Indian Affairs Highway 41.
Which South Dakota road do you find to be the most terrifying? Let us know in the comments! For even more dangerous things around SoDak, click on
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