Written on August 27th, 2020
Sturgis is known as the "City of Riders" thanks to its world-renowned annual motorcycle rally, but the rumbling of two-piston engines isn't the only draw in this town, founded to provide goods and services to the soldiers stationed at nearby Fort Meade.
Bear Butte, six miles northeast of Sturgis, rises 1,253 feet above the plains. This geological formation is considered sacred by many Native American tribes. Visitors will find an abundance of recreational opportunities within Bear Butte State Park, including hiking, fishing, camping, and horseback riding. A trek to the summit rewards you with views of four states: Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming. On your way back to town, stop by the Old Fort Meade Museum for a glimpse into the history of Fort Meade, established in 1878 to provide military protection against the Lakota Sioux during the Black Hills Gold Rush. The museum houses a collection of historical artifacts and exhibits dating back to its period as an active military installation.
The area's rugged natural beauty is on full display at Boulder Canyon Country Club, an 18-hole golf facility located in beautiful Boulder Canyon. The course features stunning panoramic views of the canyon and surrounding the Black Hills, as well as lakes and native grasses. The clubhouse includes a full bar and restaurant with seating available both indoors and out. Be sure to stop by Belle Joli’ Winery Sparkling House, where you'll find a variety of South Dakota traditional and sparkling wines, which can be enjoyed on a scenic outdoor patio.
Even if you've never been on a bike, you won't want to miss the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame. The museum, dedicated to preserving the history of motorcycling and honoring individuals who have made an impact on the sport and lifestyle, features interactive displays, an impressive collection of classic motorcycles and memorabilia dating back to 1905, and a visitor's lounge that plays motorcycle-inspired movies. It may just inspire you to stop by the next Rally!
After a busy day exploring, pamper yourself at Akela Spa. The luxurious, peaceful setting is perfect for indulging in a massage, facial, manicure/pedicure, or haircut. And because you'll probably be too relaxed to cook, pick up a pizza from Domino's! With an expertly browned crust, a robust marinara sauce made from vine-ripened tomatoes, and a delicious selection of toppings, it's the perfect way to end your day!
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