Summing up Sturgis bike week isn't an easy task. From start to finish, it is an experience like no other. Not only is the world's largest biker gathering held in an incredible location, getting to it is a joy of some of the best motorcycle routes you could hope for.
Here's what you can expect from Route 66 Tour's Sturgis bike week event 2019.
The Vegas to Vegas round trip
Route 66 Tours ensures that your Sturgis bike rally is the full experience. Merging some of the best of Route 66 into your 22-day tour, expect your guides to pack every day full of places and activities that you'll love. Some of the highlights along the route to and from the Sturgis bike festival include:
- The Beartooth Highway – Do you really want to miss out on one of the most scenic drives that America has to offer? Curl through mountain ranges and alpine forests, where each turn reveals new valleys, lakes and tundra.
- The Million Dollar Highway – Competing with the above route in terms of scenic goods, this road is cut into the side of the mountains with views falling away to one side.
- Antelope Canyon Cruise – Even if you don't recognise the name, it's likely you've seen the images these sandstone canyons have produced. Look up at layers of rich red rock that twist upwards while relaxing on your cruise, and admire this natural phenomenon.
- Backcountry tour of Monument Valley – After travelling through the alpine forests, be prepared for a change of scenery with Monument Valley. The sparse space marked only by the jutting outcrops, which catch the morning sun first come daybreak, is awe-inspiring. If the mountains didn't leave you feeling small, these wide empty plains will.
The Sturgis bike week
If the journey to Sturgis bike week wasn't enough, the actual festival is the cherry on top. Travelling with Route 66 Tours means on arrival you'll find yourself housed in quality accommodation at Deadwood. This town in itself is worth visiting as it's listed on the National Historic Register, and is the perfect distance from the hub of the festival that you get all the benefits while avoiding some of the chaos. Plus, it opens up a range of great rides through the Black Hills of South Dakota. Head out to the famous Mount Rushmore landmark, or visit places such as Custer State Park and Chief Crazy Horse Monument.
However, the Sturgis festival isn't about the location. It's all about the bikes and events that fill up this week. There are the rallies to enjoy, and concerts spread out throughout the week. Hundreds of thousands of bikers turn up for the Sturgis festival. There's always something to do, someone to talk to, or another road to ride. This is summed up by Dale, our owner (and guide) of Route 66 Tours, when he says that, "After seven visits to the Sturgis Events, I feel like I have only just scratched the surface".
Don't miss out on your Sturgis bike week experience. Reach out to the team at Route 66 Tours to organise your great American road trip today.