Motorcycle fans from all over the world will be rolling in to Daytona Beach, Florida, just a few weeks from now. Famous for being the largest motorcycle rally in the world, Daytona Beach usually attracts over 500,000 visitors during Bike Week.
This year the 10-day event will occur from March 7th to the 16th.
The annual event, first began in 1937, was later promoted by NASCAR founder Bill France, Sr. The Daytona International Speedway will be hosting two popular motorcycle races in conjunction with Bike Week: the Daytona 200 and Daytona Supercross.
Some of the more popular events are:
- The kid-friendly Rug Rat Rodeo where children compete to win prizes
- Budweiser Clydesdale Parade on Main Street
- Motorcycle stunt shows
- Over a dozen clubs will have live bands playing rock, country, and pop
- Harley Davidson Motor Company on Beach Street provides demo rides
- Cruising the strip!
Events for riders:
- Bike Week Treasure Hunt: Participants will have their Treasure Hunt Passports stamped at 10 different locations throughout Daytona and receive a 2014 Commemorative Coin at Bike Week HQ.
- Ride the Loop: 22-mile trek through the Florida countryside. The Loop follows a circular path starting at the Granada Bridge in scenic Ormond Beach. The Loop is considered a must for bikers that love the open road and Florida’s natural beauty.
There is no shortage of great restaurants. Some of the more popular are Boondocks, the Ocean Deck, the Brickyard Lounge & Grill, and Caribbean Jacks, just to name a few. There’s no shortage of watering holes either.
And don’t forget perennial attractions such as the Pier, the Boardwalk, Ponce Inlet Lighthouse, the Ocean Walk Shoppes and the beach, of course.
Bike Week and the Daytona 500 are great American events, but what Daytona is most famous for is the beach. Daytona boasts a hard-packed powder-like sand that allows people the unique opportunity to drive on the beach. In fact, when NASCAR first started they used to race right on the beach.
Whether you’re looking for family-friendly events, or spicy events like wet T-shirt contests, there is no shortage of things to do during Bike Week. Check it out!