Destination guide

Easy riders have an easy time in Sturgis "Bikertown," U.S.A.

For a South Dakota city backed by the Black Hills Mountain Range, Sturgis has more neon than you might expect. Site of a loud, proud biker rally every August, the city is a beacon for anyone who wants to see the great American landscape while riding into the wind. You might come for the bikes, but you'll stay for the great outdoors. Sturgis is close to great parks, gorgeous vistas, enough fishing to keep you loaded with Omega-3s, and enough buffalo to make you feel at home on the range.

Things to do

All-American sights _ vintage Harleys and a Gold Rush army

Even if you've never touched a motorcycle, you'll get a kick out of the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame. Set in a historic building that used to be Sturgis's post office, the museum's exhibits showcase nearly 100 unique and historic motorcycles that date back to 1905 and pay tribute to individuals who have exemplified the biker lifestyle. If you like your history more militant, however, you can visit the 19th-century military outpost at Fort Meade. The adjacent museum tells the story of the fort's history from the Gold Rush to the present.


Rev your engine and let the good times roll

Your Sturgis vacation rental is set within 4 square miles of biker heaven, so embrace it. Look for leather jackets and bandanas in the local shops and belly up to the bar at a vintage saloon. When you feel the call of nature (not that one), head to Fort Meade Recreation Area, where the reservoir is stocked with rainbow trout and the campsites are open year round. The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is held on the second full week of every August, so if you're in town, get ready to party.


Beat the crowds in winter or bike your brains out in summer

Whenever you decide to come to Sturgis, you can rest assured the scenery will be splendid. Spring is brisk and sunny with occasional showers. Fall is cool at first, colder in October and November. It's a great time to fish, hike, and ride your motorcycle on less crowded streets. Winters are snowy, and you'll likely find a place to stay at a bargain price. Summers are lovely in the mornings and evenings, with afternoon temps climbing to the high 80s. The annual Motorcycle Rally is in August, so expect higher prices for your Sturgis vacation rental, and plan ahead!

Natural features

Beauty, a bear, and a herd of buffalo at your doorstep

Whether you're on a Harley or cruising in the family minivan, you'll have the opportunity to see amazing natural beauty in the vicinity of your Sturgis vacation rental. Bear Butte State Park is just 8 miles away. Its Lakota name is "Bear Mountain," and the geological formation the name describes is a igneous rock formation millions of years old. A sacred place to many American Indians, it's also home to much of the region's wildlife. Bird watchers can spot eagles, falcons, owls, and bluebirds, and a herd of buffalo roam around the mountain's base.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around Sturgis

The nearest airport is in Rapid City, SD (RAP-Rapid City Regional), located 34.4 mi (55.3 km) from the city center.

Where to stay around Sturgis?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 603 vacation rentals near Sturgis. From 204 Houses to 331 Cabins, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Sturgis for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Sturgis?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Sturgis. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Terry Peak Ski Area: 304 vacation rentals
  • Spearfish Canyon North Entrance: 528 vacation rentals
  • Pactola Pines Marina: 425 vacation rentals
  • Black Hills Caverns: 411 vacation rentals
  • Black Hills Maze: 376 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Sturgis listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Sturgis?

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  • Cabins: 331 rentals available
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  • Bungalows: 331 rentals available

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Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Sturgis?

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