Things to Do

The world famous Sturgis Motorcycle Rally has established South Dakota as the cream of the crop destination for motorcycle enthusiasts.

The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally has been an annual event since Clarence “Pappy” Hoel created the rally in 1938 with the exception of two years during World War II due to rationing.

This year marks the 72nd Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally (August 6th-12th, 2012) – a week full of fun, concerts and the roar of hundreds of thousands of motorcycles riding through the beautiful Black Hills.

Some of the most popular attractions in Sturgis during the rally are the Full Throttle Saloon, the world’s largest biker bar and the Buffalo Chip Campground, which features big name entertainment during the rally.

In addition to the action-packed events during the rally, the Black Hills offers a wide selection of fun-filled activities.

Be sure to book travel accommodations early for your individual and group tours.

South Dakota offers five scenic byways, each of which features breathtaking views of some of the most majestic landscapes our country has to offer.

Just a short ride from Sturgis is the Old West town of Deadwood, where you can try your luck or enjoy an exquisite meal at one of the towns many gaming halls and restaurants.

You can continue your journey south via Nemo Road or SD Highway 385 to the central Black Hills.

Popular stops in this part of the Black Hills include Pactola Lake and Sheridan Lake. Fifteen miles from Pactola Lake and five miles from Sheridan Lake is the bustling community of Hill City – a charming mountain town filled with unique shops and a calendar full of summer events.

If you’re looking to indulge in the finer things in life, you can visit the Stone Faces Winery and the award-winning Prairie Berry Winery. Located on the outskirts of Hill City, these wineries are sure to satisfy the palates of all visitors.

Overlooking Hill City is Harney Peak, the highest summit in the United States east of the Rocky Mountains.

There is a wide variety of hiking trails to the top of the mountain as well as around nearby Sylvan Lake for those looking for outdoor recreation.

Also located near Hill City is America’s Shrine of Democracy – Mount Rushmore National Memorial. No trip to South Dakota would be complete without visiting the four granite faces.

Seventeen miles from Mount Rushmore, another face is rising from the pine-laden Black Hills – Crazy Horse Memorial is the world’s largest mountain carving in progress and, when completed, will be the largest sculpture in the world.

The neighboring community of Custer is located in the southern Black Hills, where jutting granite outcroppings offer a remarkable contrast to the northern Black Hills.

Named after George Armstrong Custer, this city hosts nearby attractions Jewel Cave National Monument, Wind Cave National Park and Custer State Park, South Dakota’s first and largest state park.

With so many attractions and activities located within a short driving distance, the Black Hills offer the perfect opportunity for motorcycle enthusiasts to experience the natural beauty of South Dakota.

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