Rockin’ concerts, beautiful scenery and long, twisty roads— these are a few of the things that make the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally a biker’s dream come true.
If you’re looking to take your rally experience beyond Main Street, here’s a list of the top things to do at Sturgis.
1. Mount Rushmore
You can’t take a trip to Sturgis without cruising over to see Mount Rushmore. You may have visited this national landmark on family vacation as a kid, but there’s nothing like seeing it from the seat of a motorcycle.
2. Spearfish Canyon
Full of sweeping curves and lined with ponderosa and spruce pine trees, the Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway is one of the best riding experiences in the Black Hills . The route offers tons of places to stop and take in the tranquil beauty of its crystal clear streams and waterfalls.
3. Buffalo Chip
They call it legendary for a reason. Check out the baddest bikes in the country at the Rat’s Hole Bike Show and stay for killer concerts by some of the biggest names in rock music.
4. Needles Highway
Needles Highway is a bucket-list destination for bikers who seek the thrill of the ride. This narrow, winding road makes its way up the mountainside, taking riders through one-lane rock tunnels and past the giant granite stone spires it was named after.
5. Badlands National Park
Cruising through the Badlands Loop is an out-of-this-world experience. This desolate landscape boasts 244,000 acres of striking buttes, pinnacles and spires that have been sculpted by millions of years of erosion.
6. The Broken Spoke
The Broken Spoke is a massive campsite with a suspended burnout pit, indoor and outdoor music stages and a bar you can bike through! Need we say more?
7. Devil’s Tower National Monument
Rising an astounding 867 feet from it’s base, the Devil’s Tower is one of the most impressive natural wonders of the Black Hills. It was the first national monument established by President Roosevelt in 1906.
8. Custer State Park
Bison get the right-of-way in Sturgis! Custer State Park encompasses 71,00 acres of spectacular terrain and abundant wildlife.
9. Crazy Horse
The Crazy Horse memorial is a colossal mountain carving that was started in 1948 to honor the Lakota warrior Chief Crazy Horse. If completed, it may become the world’s largest sculpture.
The old gold mining town of Deadwood, SD is a great place to stop for dining, shopping and legal gambling. This charming little town is notorious for being the sight where Wild Bill Hickok was shot.