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Sturgis Motorcycle Rally 2015- Is it good time for visit?

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Sturgis Motorcycle Rally 2015- Is it good time for visit?

Hi,

I'm planning a trip to SD at the first week of August 2015 (1-3 August 2015) and I notice that the Motorcycle Rally is planned for this week at Sturgis area.

Is it good time for "regular" tourist to be in this area at that time? ? I like to visit Rushmore N.P, Crust, Badlands N.P and all other attractions in the area?

* I like to know about the expected crowd on the roads & attractions

Thanks.

Shmulik

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1. Re: Sturgis Motorcycle Rally 2015- Is it good time for visit?

Read the Top Question including the comments (above, right) titled "AVOID the Black Hills in August!:" for some answers to your questions.

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2. Re: Sturgis Motorcycle Rally 2015- Is it good time for visit?

Short answer: No.

Longer answer: Lodging can be hard to find and may cost more. Google "Sturgis Rally" and then "Images" to see photos of roads packed with bikers. Main Streets of towns such as Hill City are blocked off to non-motorcycle traffic.

We have had previous discussions on the forum that there are some exceptions to this. If you're traveling with kids, a few posters have said the kid-friendly, touristy attractions such as Bear Country, Reptile Gardens and Storybook Island are deserted during the rally because these things don't appeal to most bikers. It doesn't sound like these are the attractions you want to see, however.

In addition to the Top Question suggested by David, also read the one entitled, "When is the best time of year to visit western SD?" These Top Questions are found in the upper right corner of the South Dakota forum (this is the Sturgis forum).

Smart of you to investigate this ahead of time. Hope you find some dates that work.

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3. Re: Sturgis Motorcycle Rally 2015- Is it good time for visit?

Here's another thought to consider. 2015 is the 75th Anniversary of the rally. Some locals have already said the reservations for next year already surpass the numbers for 2014. Everyone is preparing for huge crowds, and lodging prices will be extremely high. If I were you, I'd plan for a different week.

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4. Re: Sturgis Motorcycle Rally 2015- Is it good time for visit?

The 75th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is scheduled for Aug 3-9.

I would personally stay out of this area for 5 days before and after the rally but we can't because we live here.

Someone mentioned that the kid-friendly attractions will be empty because they don't appeal to the rally crowd but everything else will be packed. Any motel/campground reservations would have to be made now and be prepared for "sticker shock". The hospitality people are still predicting one million attendees. I will be watching for future developements.

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5. Re: Sturgis Motorcycle Rally 2015- Is it good time for visit?

unless you are on a motorcycle I would not advise travelling to Sturgis ......unless you feel comfortable driving your cage amongst a couple hundred thousand bikes

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6. Re: Sturgis Motorcycle Rally 2015- Is it good time for visit?

No go another time

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7. Re: Sturgis Motorcycle Rally 2015- Is it good time for visit?

Hi David -

Usually we have about 400,000 people (200,000 motorcycles) for the Rally.

The Governors estimate is for up to 1,000,000 people this year.

2016 might be a better year.

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8. Re: Sturgis Motorcycle Rally 2015- Is it good time for visit?

The OP was AShmulik, not David, and I have a feeling that he left the building awhile back as his original post was in October with no follow-ups.

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9. Re: Sturgis Motorcycle Rally 2015- Is it good time for visit?

Thanks Bruce -

That is strange, sunset1517 also replied to it.

Well . . . we both know what its like to get older.

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10. Re: Sturgis Motorcycle Rally 2015- Is it good time for visit?

If you want to enjoy your trip I'd plan it for another time year....anytime before July 24 and after August 14, 2015.

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