Sturgis Rally-August 2017
Ride a Harley-Davidson through the National Parks of western USA
Choose from Las Vegas or San Francisco departure
Scroll down to the bottom of this page for the link to the printable PDF colour brochure with prices.
This tour always sells out many months in advance, often by December the previous year. Tour bookings close 31 January 2017 if not sold out beforehand.
THERE’S NOTHING LIKE BEING THERE… FOR THE ANNUAL STURGIS RALLY.
DON’T MISS THIS TOUR OF A LIFETIME!
The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is the experience of a lifetime in a place where local people can still show you a thing or two about hospitality. There are concerts and races and bike shows, Main St bikes-only street vibe, World Championship of Custom Bike Building, Sturgis Motorcycle Museum and Hall of Fame, organized rides and the Limpnickie Lot. It’s all waiting for you in the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota.
Many of our riders return to Sturgis year after year and recently a group of repeat customers asked about going a different route. So we devised another spectacular way of getting to Sturgis over amazing roads, avoiding the busy Interstate Highways and visiting two famous National Parks along the way. For those attending Sturgis for the first time we suggest you choose our ride from Las Vegas as this contains the iconic sights of Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Rocky Mountains and more.
A HASSLE FREE HOLIDAY WITH ELITE SPECIAL EVENT TOURS
You want to ride and enjoy the open road?
Then you need to travel with us.
- Australian Ride leader
- Support Van with spare bike
- Choice of bike model
- Planned rides
- Daily maps & notes
We look after all the details:
planned rides and tours, rest breaks, fuel stops, the best spot for a great coffee or a stunning photo.
We’ll get you off the highways onto interesting back roads. Our experienced Australian ride leader knows the road well. He’s in radio contact with our support van to provide extra security. The van becomes our shuttle to night time events so you don’t have to worry about how to get home. Just relax and enjoy everything that’s on offer!
Tour Option 1
Las Vegas to Salt Lake City
Best itinerary for the 1st-timer to Sturgis
Day 2. Aug 01- Las Vegas
Today our transfer vehicle will take us to collect our bikes, followed by an orientation ride around the city.
Day 3. Aug 02 – Las Vegas
There are no formal rides today – discover Las Vegas at your own pace.
Day 4. Aug 03 – Las Vegas to Grand Canyon
This morning travel over parts of ‘Route 66’, the famous roadway that once was the main artery between Chicago & LA.
Day 5. Aug 04 – Grand Canyon to Kayenta
We follow the south rim of the Grand Canyon with stops at various lookouts; the grandeur of the landscape is truly spectacular. We’ll arrive in Kayenta around 4.00 pm and we should have time to ride to Monument Valley.
Day 6. Aug 05 – Kayenta to Grand Junction
Our ride will take us through the Valley of The Gods, on to Glen Canyon, through Moab to Grand Junction. The scenery from movies such as Thelma and Louise, Indiana Jones and Cityslickers should be familiar.
Day 7. Aug 06 – Grand Junction to Steamboat Springs
Today’s ride is on exciting mountain roads into the spectacular scenery of the Rockies on our way to our overnight stop at the cowboy ski town of Steamboat Springs.
Day 8. Aug 07 – Steamboat Springs to Cheyenne
Into the Rocky Mountain National Park this morning for more beautiful scenery and possible wildlife sightings. We’ll follow the Big Thomson River through mountain gorges to our lunch stop at Loveland, with time to visit the largest Harley dealership in Colorado. Then on to our overnight stop at Cheyenne.
Day 9. Aug 08 – Cheyenne to Rapid City
We head off to Black Hills National Park stopping at Fort Laramie which was founded in 1859. Then to Thunder Basin National Grassland and on Custer, South Dakota, before arriving in Rapid City.
Days 10 -13. Aug 09 to 12 – Rapid City – Sturgis Rally
For four days we’ll get into the sights, sounds and feel of the world’s biggest Harley event in all it’s glory. Maybe ride out to Deadwood, Spearfish Canyon, Mount Rushmore and through the Black Hills. You can also attend the many evens such as Thunder Road, Poker Runs or the Drag Racing.
Day 14. Aug 13 – Rapid City to Buffalo
We head west to Wyoming, making a detour to visit the Devil’s Tower National Monument – used as the spaceship landing site in Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Then to Buffalo, nestled in the foothills of the Bighorn Mountains.
Day 15. Aug 14 – Buffalo to Lander
Continuing along the Yellowstone Highway we pass through Wind River Canyon and on to Lander. Later, ride to Sink Canyon reserve where you can see the river submerge into an underground cavern, re-appearing a mile downstream teeming with fish.
Day 16. Aug 15 – Lander to Salt Lake City
We ride through Wyoming’s peaceful countryside before arrival in Salt Lake City mid-afternoon to return our bikes.
Day 17. Aug 16 – Bonneville Salt Flats
We’ll be transferred to the Bonneville Salt Flats for the excitement of the annual Speed Week event. We have 2 to 3 hrs to watch land speed record attempts on the intensely hot, shimmering salt flats. We return to Salt Lake City for our farewell dinner tonight.
Day 18. Aug 17 – Depart Salt Lake City
Transfer to the airport for your flight home.
Day 19. Aug 18 – In flight
Day 20. Aug 19 – Arrive Sydney
OPTIONAL VISIT TO MILWAUKEE
HOME OF HARLEY-DAVIDSON
Enjoy a Harley-Davidson Museum tour and the ‘Steel-Toe Tour’ of the Pilgrim Rd Powertrain Factory. There’s also the Miller Brewery tour and the fun of the annual Irish Festival (subject to schedules).
3 nights & flights: A$990 pp twin A$250 sgl suppl.
Tour Option 2
San Francisco to Denver
A great ride if you’re heading to Sturgis again
Day 1. July 26 – Sydney – San Francisco
Fly to San Francisco. On arrival you will be met and transferred to the hotel. Tonight, get together for our welcome dinner at a Fishermans Wharf restaurant.
Day 2. July 27- San Francisco
Today we’ll pickup our bikes and go for a short orientation ride.
Day 3. July 28- San Francisco
Today is free for you to go at your own pace.
Day 4. July 28 – San Francisco to Yosemite
Across the San Francisco Bay Bridge this morning, then soon will be passing through farms and orchards as we head to
spectacular Yosemite National Park.
Day 5. July 30 – Yosemite to Lake Tahoe
We ride on one of the most scenic roads in America as we cross the famous Tioga Pass and head on to picturesque Lake Tahoe.
Day 6. July 31 – Lake Tahoe to Klamath Falls
Through Reno and north towards Oregon today through some amazing forests before arriving at our stop, Klamath Falls.
Day 7. Aug 01 – Klamath Falls to Hood River
After visiting famous Crater Lake we head north, riding in the shadow of one of America’s most scenic mountains, Mt Hood. We stay in the quaint village of Hood River.
Day 8. Aug 02 – Hood River to Lewiston
We follow the Columbia River, then turn north towards Walla Walla and on to Lewiston, named after explorer Meriwether Lewis.
Day 9. Aug 03 – Lewiston to Missoula
Today we follow one of the most scenic roadways in this part of the country. This road follows the river for approx 200 miles through forests and small villages, and although not often mentioned in publications, it is one of the most spectacular of the tour.
Day 10. Aug 04 – Missoula to West Yellowstone
This morning we join the I-90 until we arrive at Whitehall, we then head south towards Virginia City, and on to West Yellowstone.
Day 11. Aug 05 – West Yellowstone to Gardiner
Today we enter Yellowstone National Park, and head to the Old Faithful Geyser before taking a route through the National
Park to the town of Gardiner, along the way we could anticipate seeing various wildlife.
Day 12. Aug 06 – Gardiner to Cody
Head toward Cooke City where we will ride one of the best known biker roads in America, the legendary Beartooth Highway. Our evening stop tonight is Cody and we recommend a visit to the famous Cody Night Rodeo.
Day 13. Aug 07 – Cody to Buffalo
Today’s ride is from Cody to Buffalo through some of the Wyoming high plains. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid used to call this historic western town home.
Day 14. Aug 08 – Buffalo to Rapid City
Today we ride the short distance to Rapid City in readiness for our Sturgis experience.
Days 15-18. Aug 09 to 12
Rapid City – Sturgis Rally – This is where the two tours combine so you will meet up with all the riders from the first tour and enjoy Sturgis together.
Day 19. Aug 13 – Rapid City to Cheyenne
Today we bid farewell to Sturgis and head south to the city of Cheyenne
Day 20. Aug 14 – Cheyenne to Denver
Today we ride to Denver where we will return our bikes; this evening is our farewell dinner.
Day 21. Aug 15 – Depart Denver
Transfer to the airport for your flight home.
Day 22. Aug 16 – In flight
Day 23. Aug 17 – Arrive Sydney
- Return economy airfare SYD/USA incl. taxes
- Accommodation at overnight stops as listed
- 4 days/5 nights attendance at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally
- Welcome & Farewell dinners
- Harley-Davidson hire with saddle bags
- Comprehensive bike insurance for theft, damage, 3rd party supplemental liability
- Transfers between airport, hotel & bike rental
- Elite Special Event Tours travel wallet
Not included: Fuel, meals other than listed in itinerary, drinks, tips, personal items.
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