August 05, 2019

Six Incredible Rides to Experience at the Motorcycle Rally in Sturgis, South Dakota

arial shot of motorcyclist in sharp curve in black hills

The legendary motorcycle rally in Sturgis, South Dakota is back for its 79th year, and Foremost® is gearing up to ride! As we prepare for our wild adventures in the Black Hills, we've created a list of our absolute favorite places to ride while experiencing the thrills of this top-notch rally:

1. Iron Mountain Road

Motorcycle riding through tunnel with Mount Rushmore in the background

This 17-mile stretch through the Black Hills is filled with curves, switchbacks and tunnels. Winding through beautiful mountains and valleys, the road leads to both Mt. Rushmore National Memorial and Custer State Park, two must-see destinations!

2. Spearfish Canyon

Located about 20 miles from Sturgis and on the northern edge of Black Hills National Forest, this route follows Spearfish Creek, which cuts through the bottom of the canyon. Breathtaking waterfalls abound: we recommend checking out Bridal Veil Falls and Roughlock Falls!

3. Badlands National Park

Motorcycle riding down the road with a tree and beautiful buttes in the background

If you love national parks, you definitely need to check out the Badlands! The park is filed with jagged, sharply eroded buttes, a grass prairie and fossil beds—so you can definitely expect to see some unique and spectacular scenery!

4. Needles Highway

Needles Highway is a 14-mile ride through Custer State Park. It's named after the high granite spires that look like needles and are prominent in the area. The narrow Iron Creek and Needles Eye Tunnels, which cut through walls of sheer granite, add to the thrills of this fantastic ride!

5. Bear Butte State Park

A buffalo standing in the middle of the road with motorcyclist stopped around it

Highway 79 will take you from Sturgis to Bear Butte State Park, which features an enormous laccolith. This ride is often relaxing and revitalizing, allowing you to take in all of the natural beauty of the area. There's also a pretty good chance you'll see herds of roaming buffalo!

6. Main Street - Sturgis, SD

What better place to ride than Main Street, the heart of the rally at Sturgis! While you cruise, you'll find live music, food and countless special events. Nothing beats the opportunity to see so many awesome bikes and meet new, interesting people from all over the country!

We can't wait to return to the streets of Sturgis, South Dakota and go on our favorite rides. You don't want to miss out on the action! Catch all of our exciting coverage of the rally from August 8 – August 14 on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

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Ryker Huizinga

Ryker is a multimedia storyteller with interests in writing, video, photography and design. He is on a quest to visit all of the U.S. national parks, and is almost always planning his next camping trip. Combining passions for travel and creative communication, he draws from his experiences to share stories of safety and adventure.

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