We then make the mistake of driving the Needles “Highway” – a colossal waste of time, but once you are on, you cannot get off. The Needles were the original proposed site for the monument that would become Mount Rushmore, towering spires of stone, rising up like rotten fangs among the mountains. They were considered unsuitable for carving, so Mt. Rushmore was selected instead.
A good thing too, for while the terrain is beautiful, the road – better called a parkway – twists and turns through thick forests and atop overlooks of rocky ridges. Why on earth they think it is suitable for two way traffic escapes me – some of the tunnels can barely fit an SUV.