Norbeck Scenic Byway Gains Recognition

The Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) recently named the Peter Norbeck National Scenic Byway in South Dakota’s Black Hills as one of the 10 most beautiful drives through scenic America. The SATW surveyed its members to determine their favorite scenic drives.

“What pleases me most about this listing is the voting was done by people who are professional travelers,” said John Calvin, secretary of the Department of Tourism and State Development. “These writers travel across the country, visiting unique destinations and seeing amazing sights. This recognition is evidence that they truly appreciate the breathtaking views of stunning scenery along the Peter Norbeck Byway.”

The byway’s 70-mile drive encompasses the popular Needles Highway (SD 87) and Iron Mountain Road (US 16A) featuring hairpin curves, slender granite pinnacles, a series of pigtail bridges and three granite tunnels which frame the faces of Mount Rushmore in the distance.

“Highways and byways beckon not just to be driven this summer, but explored for their boundless scenery, history and culture,” said Adele Malott, SATW president.

The SATW represents more than 1,300 professional travel journalists, photographers, editors and media relations professionals in North America.