Since the very first time I took David to South Dakota to visit family, he’s wanted to “experience” the Sturgis Rally.  We are finally going to be able to check that off our ‘bucket list’.  We are on our way to Sturgis for the 2013 Sturgis Rally.  This year is the 73rd Annual Sturgis Rally. As I mention this to David he said “We should have waited and come to the 75th!”  Really?

The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is the largest motorcycle rally in the United States, maybe even the world! Riders come from all over the world to participate in the week long event that is held the first full week of August. I found it interesting that the city of Sturgis will earn approximately $800 Million from the rally but had to purchase the rights to their own name. I guess you can put up with a lot of people once a year for a short week or two if it puts that kind of money into the annual city budget.

Local residents rent out their homes, their yards, their pastures and whatever else they can to the many riders that come in to camp for the week. My sister and her husband rented their home out one year.  They were a group of Investment Bankers from South Africa.  Although they paid a nice price to rent the house for the week, my sister decided that once was enough.

We have decided we have to experience 4 things while we are there.


  • 1

    Downtown Sturgis

    With all the vendors and motorcycles and riders it is a people watchers paradise and I can’t wait to see all the unique attire and bikes.

    Downtown Sturgis 2012
  • 2

    The Broken Spoke Saloon

    We just have to see the “20,000 square foot pool pavilion complete with hot tubs and tiki bars!”

  • 3

    Full Throttle Saloon

    They have their own TV show! Why wouldn’t you want to go experience it with their body painting, midget bowling, burn out pit and zip line.
  • 4

    The Buffalo Chip Campground

    with some of the biggest names in rock and country included in your camping fee who wouldn’t want to go?  ZZ Top, Kid Rock, The Doobie Brothers, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Toby Keith and Brantley Gilbert just to name a few!

    Buffalo Chip