Like U.S. 20, the Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway can often be clogged with dawdling tourists. If that’s the case, try and shake the lead from your foot and just enjoy the drive. Winding through South Dakota’s Black Hills between the towns of Spearfish and Savoy, the road skirts past ponderosa and aspen forests, clear mountain streams, and towering limestone rills. And if the road clears (or you hit the pavement early in the morning), it rewards a skilled driver with smooth pavement and not too many radar- or laser-based killjoys. For those who are spending a day or two in the area, nearby Iron Mountain Road is another excellent choice.

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