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Needles Highway, Black Hills, South Dakota

Needles Highway, Black Hills, South Dakota

Needles highway is one of many roads you can take to get to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally each August, and it feels like it was designed just to be experienced on a bike.

Riders who have whisked their way along the roads to get there often find themselves going much, much slower once there, without even realizing it.

Who can blame them?

The surrounding scenery is stunning. The highway passes through two tunnels blasted through sheer granite walls -- Iron Creek Tunnel and Needles Eye Tunnel. (The highway is named after the high granite "needles" it winds among.)

As for wildlife that might cause one to pause ... how about bison up close? And you'll get to see the actual spots where "the deer and the antelope play." Really. Just like the song.

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