Looking to head out of state for a unique summer’s excursion? We have researched 10 motorcycle vacation destinations for exploration. Some are off the beaten path, and others are oldies but goodies.
FORKLAND, Alabama. Visit the land of numerous creeks, streams, rivers, mountains, and lakes. There are more than a handful of national parks and forests rich with historic stories. Notable natural wonders include the “Natural Bridge” rock, the longest natural bridge east of the Rockies in Winston County and a 5-mile impact crater in Elmore County. Bama Bike Fest Summer Motorcycle Rally , July 8th-11th is known as the wildest motorcycle rally. The event is complete with live bands, wet T-shirt contest, drinking games, field events, bike show, loudest pipes, naughty contests nightly and a biker bar open 24/7 during the entire rally.
GRANTS, New Mexico. You won’t want to miss the Fire & Ice Rally on July 15th-18th featuring The American Hell Riders Wall of Death, Bike Tours and musicians John Kay Steppenwolf and Molly Hatchet. Attendees are encouraged to research the area, located one hour west of Albuquerque, ahead of time to make the most of their visit to this beautiful part of the country.
VAN WERT, Ohio. Nestled by the Indiana border is the tiny town of Van Wert that is hosting their ever growing 24 years in the making motorcycle event. Wetzelland Rally 2010takes place on July 23, 24 and 25th. Strictly an adult-only event, this rally includes rodeo games, a tattoo contest, bike show, food vendors, new and used vendor parts, leather vendors, a 4-acre pond, AMA sanctioned poker run and an EasyRider Truck show.
STURGIS, South Dakota. Experience Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, as they plan to celebrate their 70th year on August 2 – 15. The entertainment line-up includes talented performers such as Bob Dylan performing in the Black Hills. Plan a camping trip at the legendary Buffalo Chip Campground complete with acts from artists such as Ozzy Osbourne, Pee Wee Herman, Motley Crue, Dave Mason, ZZ Top, Buckcherry, Kid Rock, Orianthi, Creedence Clearwater Revisited, The Guess Who, The Scorpions and The Doobie Brothers. The rally offers a dream vacation for any motorcycle and nature enthusiast.
MEREDITH, New Hampshire. Surrounded by lakes and also recognized as the “City of The Lakes,” riders can take in the beautiful scenery. But it’s Cool Bikes and Hot Wings Rally on August 7th piqued our interest. Enjoy viewing spectacular custom motorcycles while tasting the best wings of the Lakes Region of New Hampshire. Cash prizes for best paint, chrome, license plate, people’s choice, and a raffle drawing for a $1K gift card to Laconia Harley-Davidson.
CRIPPLE CREEK, Colorado. Experience fantastic patriotism and camaraderie August 20-22 at A Salute to American Veterans Rally . This event is remembered by cyclists as one of the best Colorado motorcycle rallies. Complete with a veterans parade, aircraft flyovers, wild west gun fighters, Pow/Mia Remembrance Ceremony, 23rd Anniversary Pow/Mia Reconition ride and a free concert. Cripple Creek was a former gold mining camp and is located at the base of Pikes Peak. Plenty of opportunities for spectacular cycle rides through the mountains and not too far from Colorodo Springs.
MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin. Visit the city on the lake and partake in a swell line up of summer activities. First stop, visit the Harley-Davidson Museum and the True “Evel” or The Amazing Story of Evel Knievel Exhibit July 10-Sept 6.
Visit over September 2-5, Labor Day weekend, to experience the Milwaukee Rally in its ninth year of celebration. The Harley-Davidson Dealers of Metro Milwaukee offer live music, over 100 vendor booths, a Ms. Milwaukee Rally Bikini Contest and entertainment.
LOVELAND, COLORADO. Rival to Sturgis, Thunder in the Rockies rally is the place to be for motorcycle action on September 3-5 if you’re not heading to our home city, Milwaukee. Known as the “Gateway to the Rockies” – you’ll find Rocky Mountain National Park, the number one vacation destination in the state of Colorado, only 30 miles west. And the ideal way to tour this beautiful scenery with its more than 265,000 acres of vista including 178 mountain peaks, is on top of your own motorcycle while attending the Thunder in the Rockies motorcycle rally.
LAS VEGAS , Nevada. As the Official Motorcycle Transport Company for the Fest, we can’t help but plug this one. Hundreds of vendors, a “Mr. Las Vegas” contest, poker runs, free entertainment, and music from bands like 38 Special and George Thorogood makes Las Vegas Bikefest Rally the party of all parties. Visit the strip on September 30-October 3 for this hot rally.
GLENDALE, California. We chose to round out our Top 10 List with the Love Ride Rally since it comes back in 2010 from a two-year hiatus. With past main stagers like David Crosby and Billy Idol and it’s recent trek going global to Mexico with its MDA charitable event, we think the Love Ride’s return to California on November 7 will be a big one.
Now that you have a great headstart to summer rally possibilities, make sure to book any advance or return transportation of your motorcycle with an expert motorcycle shipper. Most importantly, one who is insured and has credentials. “A good motorcycle shipper is there to take away any of your trip planning hassles, so that you can enjoy your vacation, not worry about it,” says Ken Durik, co-founder and director of Haul Bikes Motorcycle Transportation. “A quality motorcycle shipping company offers upfront its rates and credentials and is fully insured.”
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