Great Motorcycle Roads in North & South Dakota
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These are some of the best motorcycle roads in North & South Dakota. Click on the map images for a link to the direct Google Maps route. Send us your favorite routes - along with your pictures! [email protected]
Theodore Roosevelt National Park
This route is a scenic loop that goes travels through the Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Watch for various wildlife on this national park road including prairie dogs, deer and buffalo. As with most national parks in the Unites States, the road is very well maintained.
Sheyenne River Valley Scenic Byway
This north/south National Scenic Byway passes farmland, ranches, and open fields. It's considered one of the best motorcycle roads in the entire state with the best scenery with rolling hills, gentle turns and good road conditions. There's some wide open, vast stretches to open up and take advantage of the minimal traffic.
This country highway leads through rolling farmland of the eastern side of the state from Regent to Interstate 94. One interesting feature of this road is the giant metal structures located every few miles. There's some vast, open straights with some variety of hills, valleys and a few bends.
Rapid City to Badlands National Park
Routes 144, 240 (120 miles)
Take this ride through the incredibly unique Badlands National Park. Its dramatic landscapes span layered rock formations, steep canyons and towering spires. Bison, bighorn sheep and prairie dogs inhabit its sprawling grasslands. The Badlands Loop Road (Highway 240) winds past numerous scenic lookouts.
There are more than a few spectacular motorcycle roads in the Black Hills/Custer State Park region, but SD-87 is one of the finest. The highway is named after the high granite "needles" it winds among, and passes through two tunnels blasted through sheer granite walls. It's an extremely impressive ride that includes sharp turns, narrow tunnels, granite spires and world class views. Enjoy the sensation of threading your motorcycle through the eye of a needle!
Custer to Mt Rushmore
Route 16A, 244 (35 miles)
Take this ride through the vast Custer State Park with granite peaks and rolling plains. Loop around north to Route 244 for some great scenery of Mt Rushmore. Along this entire route, there are plenty of curves with a few tight switchbacks along with some steep elevation changes that make this a truly great motorcycle road. Just watch out for those bison!