After revisiting the two parks I went to yesterday I took a big long drive on most of the scenic roads in the area (and there are lots!). This also meant crossing over in to Wyoming for about two hours. Once I got back in South Dakota I visited some of the towns located between Rapid City and Belle Fourche. This included Spearfish, Cheyenne Crossing, Lead and Deadwood. Of all those, Deadwood is probably best known. The Main Street there has some nice old hotels and there are some newer ones as well. Lots of bars and restaurants (meaning overpriced steak joints), and of course lots of “gaming establishments”.
I traveled to these towns on the Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway which was probably one of the best drives on my trip so far, although the Needles Highway yesterday wasn’t too shabby either. Amazing scenery and a picturesque stream running alongside the road in most places. I bet with the right timing for sun placement there is the potential for some spectacular fall foliage shots.