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Anyone that has made the pilgrimage to the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in August knows that there is definitely not a shortage of things to do and see during this event. The Black Hills and surrounding areas also offer an exciting variety of attractions and activities for the travelling motorcyclist and vacationing family throughout the year.
Whether you are riding out to the Black Hills for the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally or travelling through with the family on a relaxing South Dakota vacation, be sure to plan an extra day or two to travel some of the beautiful highways and visit the historic towns the Black Hills have to offer. From state parks and national monuments to museums and historic landmarks, you are sure to find something for everyone during your visit to the Black Hills.
Although there is no right or wrong way to see the Black Hills, the local favorite is the Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway. This 70-mile loop will take you through the winding pigtail bridges and granite tunnels of Iron Mountain Road, into Custer State Park, past the Needle’s Eye and Cathedral Spires of the Needle’s Highway, Harney Peak, and Mount Rushmore National Memorial. This byway is surrounded on three sides by the historic mining communities of Custer, Hill City, and Keystone; all of which offer a host of unique shops, excellent dining, and attractions along the way.
However you decide to see the Black Hills on your South Dakota vacation, always remember to take your time and travel safely in order to appreciate all of the beauty that the area has to offer. During the busy summer months, the Black Hills experience increased vehicle and motorcycle traffic and it is best to allow extra time to reach the areas that you intend to visit and use scenic turnouts when available. Wildlife such as deer, elk, bighorn sheep and mountain goats are also present throughout the Black Hills and are common around the area roads and highways, especially in the early morning and evening hours.