In virtually every state across the U.S. you'll find a motorcycle rally. Whether you're looking to ride, camp, hear live music or just take in the spectacle of bikes, leather and denim, these are some great places to do it.
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Sturgis Motorcycle Rally
Still holds the biggest Harley-centric run on Earth. Drop by the Easyriders Saloon, the Broken Spoke, and the Full Throttle Saloon to experience the full Sturgis vibe.
Where: Sturgis, South Dakota
When: August 8-14, 2011
How to find out more: sturgismotorcyclerally.com
Daytona Bike Week
The traditional Florida end-of-winter “run to the sun.” Favorite spots to hang range from the old school Iron Horse Saloon to the upscale Destination Daytona biker theme park.
Where: Daytona Beach, Florida
When: March 9-18, 2012
How to find out more: ridedaytona.com
Myrtle Beach Bike Week
The Carolinas’ biggest motorcycle event, this annual gathering offers beautiful rides and a lot of golf courses. Nearby family attractions include the NASCAR SpeedPark.
Where: Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
When: May 11-20, 2012
How to find out more: myrtlebeachbikeweek.com
The Republic of Texas Rally
The ROT Rally is fast becoming one of the biggest rallies in the country, and features dozens of live bands. It’s also noted for an 11-mile parade of motorcycles to the steps of the state capitol.
Where: Austin, Texas
When: June 14-17, 2012
How to find out more: rotrally.com
Laconia Bike Week
Touted as America's original riding rally, at 88 years, it's certainly one of the oldest. Gorgeous views from Mount Washington are a huge draw and so is the live entertainment. Make sure you check out the scene at the Lobster Pound.
Where: Laconia, New Hampshire
When: June 9-12, 2011
How to find out more: laconiamcweek.com