Points of Interest: Sturgis, South Dakota

Aug 12, 2016 View Comments by

SturgisLocated in rural Meade County, Sturgis is a gateway to the Black Hills, a land dotted with waterways, craggy buttes, and buffalo. Originally named Scooptown but later changed to honor Civil War Union General Samuel D. Sturgis, the historic town is home to approximately 6,700 residents, though this number skyrockets every August during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

We’ve been coming to the Sturgis area for years and love the town’s backroads and storied past. If you’re there for the 2016 rally, take some time to check out some of our favorite points of interest and lunch spots in the area:

Points of Interest

    The Sturgis Motorcycle Museum and Hall of Fame honors biker culture and the infamous Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Founded in 1938 by a group of Indian Motorcycle riders, the rally has been held in town every summer since, with exceptions during World War II. Check out the museum’s curated collection of motorcycles and learn about those Hall-of-Famers who have made a positive impact on the motorcycling community. 999 Main St, Sturgis, SD.
    Buffalo Chip Campground, founded in 1981, is legendary among motorcyclists. Located on nearly 600 acres, the campground has electricity, showers, a swimming hole, convenience store, multiple food services, and more. Every August during Sturgis, Buffalo Chip welcomes thousands of travelers to its 10-day concert series. 20622 Fort Meade Way, Buffalo Chip, SD.
    Old Fort Meade Museum pays tribute to the fort that was established during the winter of 1878-79 by the 1st and 11th infantry and the reorganized 7th Cavalry. Once used as protection against the Lakota Sioux, the fort is now an exhibit-filled museum filled with knowledgeable staff. 55 Sherman St, Sturgis, SD.
    Black Hills National Cemetery contains the graves of buffalo soldiers, settlers, cavalrymen, and Native Americans. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the cemetery, located in the shadow of the Black Hills, is the final resting point for more than 28,000 veterans and their spouses. 20901 Pleasant Valley Dr, Sturgis SD.

Lunch Stops

    Weimer’s Diner & Donuts is a small-town spot that has some of the best donuts in the state. They go fast, so get there early! 1120 Main St, Sturgis, SD. Closed Saturdays.
    Mornin’ Sunshine is a cozy husband-and-wife-owned coffee shop serving up bagels, baked goods, coffee, and occasional live music. 509 N River St, Hot Springs, SD.
    One-Eyed Jack’s Saloon is a classic Sturgis stop famous for its “Shotgun Chili,” fall-off-the-bone ribs, and rally-time crowds. 1304 Main St, Sturgis, SD. Open daily.

And don’t forget to stop by one of the many spots in town where we’ll be giving out FREE Montana, Wyoming, North and South Dakota maps. You can find the list of locations here.


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