What was the most beautiful scenic place you saw in 2013?
My husband and I travelled to South Dakota for the Black Hills 100K in June. On our way to Keystone, I inadvertently mapped us onto the Iron Mountain Road, Rt 16A.
This is a very cool drive.
I don't have any of my own images-I was driving-but here is a collection of what it is like.
This road was built with the tunnels framing Mount Rushmore. So, as you drive through the tunnel, Mt Rushmore is perfectly framed in the tunnel:
Is this cool or what??
I especially loved the area where the two lane road-divided into one single lane, to go around some trees. The road seemed so..organic.
The highway connects Custer State Park and Mount Rushmore National Memorial. The highway passes through some of the most beautiful scenery in the Black Hills and including three tunnels that frame Mount Rushmore in the distance. The road is famous for the "Pigtail Bridges" that allows travelers to drop or gain altitude quickly.
The highway was constructed in the 1930s under the direction of Governor Peter Norbeck, who is also known as the "Father of Custer State Park." Norbeck said of the Iron Mountain Road, "this is not meant to be a super highway, to do the scenery justice you should drive no more than 20 mph and to do it full justice you should simply get out and walk."
Experience the road that engineers once said couldn't be built; you'll be happy you did.