10 Things to Do in Sturgis That You Shouldn't Miss

November 5, 2017 Natalie Tallman

Sturgis is a city in Meade County, South Dakota, United States. The population was 6,627 as of the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Meade County and is named after Union General Samuel D. Sturgis.
Restaurants in Sturgis

1. Black Hills Above and Beyond Tours

Sturgis, SD 57702
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5 based on 62 reviews

Black Hills Above and Beyond Tours

#1 Best Value All Day Narrated Sight-seeing Tour! Daily tour to Mount Rushmore, pig-tail bridges, tunnels perfectly framing Mt. Rushmore, Custer State Park and free-roaming buffalo, wildlife loop, historic Custer State Park Game Lodge (the summer home of President Calvin Coolidge in 1927) featuring a free gourmet lunch buffet with its famous buffalo stew, spectacular Needles Highway featuring the Needle's Eye, Cathedral Spires and picturesque Sylvan Lake and Crazy Horse Memorial -home to the world's largest mountain carving in progress! One low price pays for all admissions, gourmet lunch buffet, complimentary beverages, Welcome Aboard Packet, free pick up and drop off at your hotel or campground. Lots of photo opportunities for wildlife and scenic views. Also, year-round custom tours available to Mt. Rushmore, Devils Tower, Badlands, Spearfish Canyon, Historic Deadwood's Wild West gambling town, one of the largest gold mines in the world, the Homestake Gold Mine and other Black Hills area attractions.

Reviewed By Linda P - Heathsville, Virginia

Elysia picked us up from our hotel in Sturgis right on time. She gave us excellent information about what we were seeing, and the places we were visiting. She was very knowledgeable about the area and courteous about answering any and all questions. She drove the large van competently and made us feel safe as well as informed. Above and Beyond served us well from when we first made our inquiry about their service to the moment we were dropped off back at our hotel. Above and Beyond lived up to their name in service as well as giving us our money's worth. We would highly recommend this tour to anyone.

2. Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame

999 Main St, Sturgis, SD 57785-1620 +1 605-347-2001
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4.5 based on 212 reviews

Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame

Established in 2001, the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame is home to an ever-growing variety of motorcycles dating back to 1907. On display are a huge selection of American and metric bikes along with a wide variety of exhibits, photographs, memorabilia and Sturgis Motorcycle Rally history. A gift shop offers a wide variety of items ranging from motorcycle patches to fine jewelry and books.

Reviewed By GALAXY67 - CUYAHOGA FALLS

Very reasonable entrance fee,much,much,larger than it looks with full basement collection of bikes,spend at least an hour here,take all the photos u want,great to see the history of motorcycles right in front of you,this fills up fast during bike week,go early in the day,or an hour before closing if its sturgis week,super displays!!!

3. Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

Main Street, Sturgis, SD 57785
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4.5 based on 55 reviews

Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

In 2015, over one million bikers descend on the small town of Sturgis, South Dakota for the 75th anniversary of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally – one of the largest events for motorcycle enthusiasts in the USA. For one week each August, this town becomes home to hundreds of thousands of bikers as they enjoy motocross events, drag races and scenic rides through the nearby Black Hills, or to Dakota landmarks like the Badlands or Mount Rushmore. Be warned: accommodation prices predictably skyrocket at this time of year (camping is popular) and the crowd can get a bit rowdy. But isn't that part of the fun?

Reviewed By Norma T - Killbuck,Oh

My first time to Sturgis Bike Rally, I was not disappointed. We rode from Central Ohio ! It was an awesome experience, the activities, street cruising, music, and T shirts everywhere ! Was impressed with amount of Police and Security ! Rode to Mount Rushmore, Bad Lands and Devils Tower !

4. Black Hill National Cemetery

20901 Pleasant Valley Dr, Sturgis, SD 57785-8947 +1 605-347-3830
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5 based on 25 reviews

Black Hill National Cemetery

Reviewed By Fred N - Spearfish, South Dakota

After my father was buried here I found some time to do some exploring. There are many heroes buried here and taking a look around at the stones helps to remind a person how much has been sacrificed for our great nation. Make a stop sometime and go for a peaceful walk. Rest on the benches while the flags flap in the breeze. Travel safe...

5. Belle Joli Winery Sparkling House

3951 Vanocker Canyon Rd, Sturgis, SD 57785-2731 +1 605-347-9463
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4.5 based on 35 reviews

Belle Joli Winery Sparkling House

Arouse your senses and experience the exquisite flavors of our new sparkling wine creations utilizing traditional champagne methods. Our state-of-the-art Sparkling House facility features an awe-inspiring outdoor patio that overlooks our 5 acre vineyard, bordering the majestic ponderosa pines of the rugged Black Hills of Sturgis.

Reviewed By Debonthego - Grand Rapids, Michigan

Convenient location. Tasting room ok but no ambiance. Outside patio in the sun. No music. No reason to sit. $5 for 4 very small tastings, all in the same glass, poured one at a time. Wine not really to my taste. Very light Cabernet.

6. Full Throttle Saloon

South 34, Sturgis, SD 57785 +1 605-423-4584
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4 based on 157 reviews

Full Throttle Saloon

World's Largest Biker Bar is the number one blue collar biker bar in the United States. Everyone is welcome, but it's well known that factory workers, construction workers and any kind of guy who busts his butt and saves his money all year is gonna be welcome at the Throttle. We get about 15,000 people a night. They go through a lot of beer. We get two tractor trailers full of beer delivered every night of the rally. The beer companies know by now that there are so many motorcycles clogging the roads, they can't send trucks during the day, so they come after 3:00 AM, when the bars have closed.

Reviewed By Bfulk - Whitefish, Montana

Was there for bike week. Went one afternoon to check it out...had a great bbq lunch. Cocktails watered down at $12 a piece....ridiculous.
Went another night for a concert. Had the same great bbq, same watered down cocktail which we had to go from bar to bar to even get someone to serve us. The first bar a gal came right over....when we ordered cocktails she said she couldn't do it, the other gal had to. Under age? Beer only gal...don't know. The gal never came over so my husband went to another bar and got the cocktails.
The concert was suppose to start at 8. Nope. At nearly 11pm the main act came on stage. They shouldn't advertise Travis Tritt at 8pm if it's really 11pm. Stayed for 3 songs and left. The d.j. music playing at the outside bar (with the strippers) was so loud that you couldn't hear the main act. They also had a band going on inside so 3 music messes in a close location, you couldn't hear squat.

We will not be going back.

7. Old Fort Meade Museum

1 1/2 Mi E. of Sturgis on Hw 34&79, Sturgis, SD 57741 +1 605-347-9822
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4 based on 42 reviews

Old Fort Meade Museum

Reviewed By Gloria S - Englewood, Colorado

Very interesting, a lot of information about Fort Meade. Staff was very friendly, and able to answer questions we had. The museum tells you about Col. Samuel Sturgis who was the first post commander. It was at Fort Meade that the Star Spangle Banner was first ordered to be a part of the evening military retreat ceremony.

8. Iron Horse Saloon

888 Junction Ave, Sturgis, SD 57785-1200 +1 605-561-2400
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4.5 based on 12 reviews

Iron Horse Saloon

We invite you to join the BADDEST block party in the Black Hills. Our Sturgis, South Dakota location is more than 25,000 sprawling square feet of raucous, indoor, air-conditioned entertainment space with multiple dining options sure to please any size appetite.

Reviewed By MIrvinGM - Bloomington, IL

We were there on the evening o August 2-terrible server, in experienced. Messed up our order, auctioned off the drinks and food when approaching the table, messed up the tickets for which couple had what..then messed up the credit cards...overall a bad experience. There for 7 days for Sturgis--did not go back the entire time. Last year we dined at the Iron Horse about 3 times throughout the week--not this year.
Please get your staff together.....

9. Loud American Roadhouse

1305 Main St, Sturgis, SD 57785-1528 +1 605-720-1500
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4.5 based on 11 reviews

Loud American Roadhouse

Reviewed By DMSMD64 - Chester Springs, Pennsylvania

I have been eating here for years. I make it a point stopping by for the all you can eat steak tips on Sunday night. For the price it is one of the best deals in town. You get get them breaded or plain, and they keep bringing them til you say stop. I like the cajun and teriyaki personally. I have been bringing my kids, now teenagers, with me for dinner and never had an issue. It does get a little load later on, but a good time.

10. Dungeon Bar

1031 Main St, Sturgis, SD 57785-1522 +1 605-920-9266
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4.5 based on 10 reviews

Dungeon Bar

Reviewed By Scottysixpack

What can I say this place is the best. It's always cool downstairs. The bartenders are friendly. The prices are fair. The tshirts they sell are the best. Also at a fair price. This is a don't miss while at the rally. Everyone welcome. Come as you are!!!!!

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