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Traveling with the family on a road trip through through the plains and rocky mountains. Going through SD from Sioux falls to rapid city I am impressed with all the Indians I have seen. Thinking of driving through sturgis tomorrow...anything to see?

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Traveling with the family on a road trip through through the plains and rocky mountains. Going through SD from Sioux falls to rapid city I am impressed with all the Indians I have seen. Thinking of driving through sturgis tomorrow...anything to see?

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There is a really cool cowboy museum and the geographical center of North America in Belle Fourche and it would be basically on your route to Devils Tower Wyoming. Also only about 20 miles to Deadwood, SD with boot hill cemetery with Calamity Jane and Wild Bill Hickock.
 

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take a detour through the badlands on the way out.. and if you have time take a tour of the Minute Man missile silo that's at the exit for the badlands... it's not a tourist trap it's the real deal ran by the US National Park Service... you could actually spend many a day hitting everything out there...
 

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Ditto High Plains drifter. You can’t miss the badlands, at least drive through and take 44 into Rapid City, way more scenic.
 

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We came in from the east. Badlands was awesome. We hit early in the morning before it really cooked. 4 boys ages 9 to 15 so hiking the badlands was their favorite so far. This is a griswaldian vacation as we stopped off in Mitchell to see the corn palace.
Thanks for the recommendations. Here in the rapid city area til tomorrow am then heading to Montana and then on to beartooth highway...

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Even if in a car (although much better on a bike), the ride through Spearfish canyon from Lead to Spearfish is a very nice, relaxing and beautiful ride. Everybody else has mentioned the other things that come to my mind...(y)
 

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Indian of Sturgis is there, but Sturgis itself is a sh*thole. Have a go at Deadwood if you can manage it, Mt. Rushmore and crazyhorse if you have the time.
In contrast, I always thought that Deadwood was sort of a sheethole. Too much traffic there for the casino. Of course I have no use for casinos so maybe that skewed my assessment of the place, but if you like that sort of thing have at it.

Not really much to Sturgis either, but never really considered it a sheethole. Been to a lot of sheetholes before too, and Sturgis doesn't make my sheethole list. Too tell you the truth, I was let down the first time I went to Sturgis in 2011. Perhaps I was as all pumped up by watching shows on the Travel Channel leading up to it. To each his own though. The rally doesn't hold a candle to Mardi Gras, or even a tailgate party at LSU IMHO. This year it will probably be not nearly as crowded due to the scaled back events for the rally, so it would be the year to go there, tool around town, see some vendors, grab some chow, a t-shirt and maybe a bumper sticker.

The usual sight seeing points in the area would be well worth riding out to see as well. Many are already mentioned; Black Hills Harley (lots of vendors there), Devil's Tower, Mt. Rushmore, Crazy Horse, the Badlands, Spearfish Canyon, the various National Parks, etc. All beautiful riding.

Hope that you have a good ride. Let us know how it works out for you and what you think of the experience.
 

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Probably some bikes around. Indian of Sturgis is there, but Sturgis itself is a sh*thole. Have a go at Deadwood if you can manage it, Mt. Rushmore and crazyhorse if you have the time.
I used to live in Sturgis, it is a small town and a neat community, go eat at Jambonz and visit the motorcycle museum.
 

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We came in from the east. Badlands was awesome. We hit early in the morning before it really cooked. 4 boys ages 9 to 15 so hiking the badlands was their favorite so far. This is a griswaldian vacation as we stopped off in Mitchell to see the corn palace.
Thanks for the recommendations. Here in the rapid city area til tomorrow am then heading to Montana and then on to beartooth highway...

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In contrast, I always thought that Deadwood was sort of a sheethole. Too much traffic there for the casino. Of course I have no use for casinos so maybe that skewed my assessment of the place, but if you like that sort of thing have at it.

Not really much to Sturgis either, but never really considered it a sheethole. Been to a lot of sheetholes before too, and Sturgis doesn't make my sheethole list. Too tell you the truth, I was let down the first time I went to Sturgis in 2011. Perhaps I was as all pumped up by watching shows on the Travel Channel leading up to it. To each his own though. The rally doesn't hold a candle to Mardi Gras, or even a tailgate party at LSU IMHO. This year it will probably be not nearly as crowded due to the scaled back events for the rally, so it would be the year to go there, tool around town, see some vendors, grab some chow, a t-shirt and maybe a bumper sticker.

The usual sight seeing points in the area would be well worth riding out to see as well. Many are already mentioned; Black Hills Harley (lots of vendors there), Devil's Tower, Mt. Rushmore, Crazy Horse, the Badlands, Spearfish Canyon, the various National Parks, etc. All beautiful riding.

Hope that you have a good ride. Let us know how it works out for you and what you think of the experience.
Different strokes... I like the history of the West in Deadwood, but agree the casinos are to be avoided. I hear Deadwood is not doing great economically, I know Costner closed his place and the Franklin just added a bunch of rooms across the street where that great bike parking was.
 

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well the Sturgis museum was very good. Deadwood , check out the awesome underground cigar shop.
 
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If you have the time cross the bighorn mountains on highway 14 and go through Cody Wyoming. The Buffalo Bill Museum is there and really cool. From Cody go north to Red Lodge Montana for the Beartooth.
 

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Nobody mentioned Custer State Park.
And while you're there, go see Custer State Park. It's a must-see. I went there once and there was a large herd of buffaloes meandering about near the side of the road. A number of people on motorbikes had stopped and were snapping pix. We stopped, and one big buffalo strolled up real close to my motorbike before wandering off.

I'm not really sure where it is but if you pass it, stop and eat at this rustic place called Lewie's. Pretty good grub there. Plenty of outside dining too, and when the weather is nice, you can sit out there, have drinks, eat and watch hundreds of motorbikes pass by in both directions. It's a great way to kill the afternoon. There's rooms available too. Google it for quick reference.
 

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Forgot to mention in my first post, on your way to Sturgis on I-90 stop in Luverne, Minnesota about 12 miles from Minnesota/SD border right on I-90. Just off the interstate is the HWY 75 diner.
Small town hospitality and great food.
If you have breakfast in Luverne then lunch at Big Al’s Oasis in Ocoma, SD just the other side of the Missouri River. The will have nourished enough til Wall SD for pie at Wall Drug.
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