The Most Scenic Drives in South Dakota - Family Traveller (USA)


Western South Dakota, home of the Black Hills and Badlands region, boasts some of the most scenic drives in the country. The winding roads here offer hundreds of miles of stunning scenery. From spotting the looming faces of the Mount Rushmore presidents through tunnels and peeping exquisite fall foliage to exploring the dramatic Badlands and stopping to snap pictures of the abundant wildlife, there won't be a single dull moment out your windows.

So fill up your gas tank, get your car tunes playlist ready and let the roads and landscapes here be your ultimate playground.

Courtesy of South Dakota Tourism

Spearfish Canyon

This 20-mile cruise provides some of the most spectacular views around. Roll through soaring limestone cliffs and follow the winding Spearfish Creek lining the canyon floor. Popular pull offs offer even more striking views and majestic waterfalls like Bridal Veil Falls and Roughlock Falls are truly Instagram-worthy spots. More falls and beauty await those willing to hop out of the car for a quick hike and fishing, biking, picnicking and other nature activities are popular along this route with outdoor enthusiasts. Marvel at the forest of spruce, pine, aspen, birch, and oak carpeting the hillsides and don't forget to stop in for a meal and some shopping at the award-winning Cheyenne Crossing.