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Every Day Is a Winding Road

It's the all-American dream vacation: a cross-country road trip. Car top pulled down, wind whipping your hair, Route 66 sliding past and, of course, the perfect road-trip playlist on the stereo. Learn the best road-trip routes, as well as information on iconic sights to see along the way, like where to stop for killer roadside grub.

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Hamsters Motorcycle Club

Hamsters Motorcycle Club

Members of the Hamsters Motorcycle Club from the Pacific Northwest arrive in Sturgis, SD. 960 1280

  

Wild Bill

Wild Bill

Wild Bill, a Sturgis regular and best friend of the founder of One-Eyed Jack's saloon, poses for the camera. 960 1280

  

Custom Bike

Custom Bike

Technology at it's finest! A custom bike with an iPad in the dashboard sits on display outside of One-Eyed Jack's. 960 1280

  

Blowing a Kiss

Blowing a Kiss

A Sturgis attendee blows a kiss to the crowd while sitting on Main Street. 960 1280

  

Ready to Go

Ready to Go

A competitor prepares to do a burnout for the competition. His bike is on the platform, locked in and ready to go. 960 1280

  

Broken Spoke Bartenders

Broken Spoke Bartenders

Three Broken Spoke bartenders hang out by the pool during their break. 960 1280

  

On Display

On Display

A bike ridden by a member of the Hamsters Motorcycle Club sits on display in a parking lot. 960 1280

  

Custom Built

Custom Built

Kyle Shorey leans against his custom-built motorcycle he created for the J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show. 960 1280

  

Posing for the Camera

Posing for the Camera

Bob Kay, organizer of the J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show, poses for the camera with his arms crossed. 960 1280

  

Painting a Model

Painting a Model

Mark Reid paints his model, Julie, with the design of the motorcycle in the foreground. 960 1280

  

Local Bartenders

Local Bartenders

Laura, one of the local bartenders, lies across the bar in her underwear with whipped cream on her stomach in an attempt to lure in more customers. 960 1280

  

Sturgis, SD

Sturgis, SD

Bikers take over Sturgis, SD, during the 73rd annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. 960 1280

  

Broken Spoke Saloon

Broken Spoke Saloon

Ride your motorcycle right into the 3,000-square-foot Broken Spoke Saloon at Broken Spoke Campground. 960 1280

  

Broken Spoke Campground

Broken Spoke Campground

Broken Spoke Campground provides some of the craziest spectacles Sturgis has to offer including the Hellzapoppin Circus Sideshow Revue and Cowboy Kenny's Steel Rodeo. Plus, the campground is home to the annual Miss Broken Spoke competition. 960 1280

  

One-Eyed Jack Bartender

One-Eyed Jack Bartender

The bartenders at One Eyed Jack's Saloon are ready for the onslaught of thirsty bikers. 960 1280

  

Three-Wheeled Bike

Three-Wheeled Bike

A biker rides a custom 3-wheeled bike down Main Street in Sturgis, SD. 960 1280

  

Skeleton Bike

Skeleton Bike

This skeleton themed bike -- parked on Main Street -- was one of the more intricate bikes at the 73rd annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. 960 1280

  

Sunset in Sturgis

Sunset in Sturgis

The sun sets over the pool at Broken Spoke. 960 1280

  

Sunapee is a beautiful spot along the leaf-peeping trail in New Hampshire. 960 1280

  

Drive along the Kancamagus Highway, Route 112, from Lincoln to Conway to see some of New Hampshire's legendary leaves. 960 1280

  

Riverton, CT, is the quintessential New England village with a glorious display of autumn leaves. 960 1280

  

Cruise along one of Connecticut's rivers for a different perspective on the area's colorful fall foliage. 960 1280

  

The leaves start changing in September and show a full spectrum of colors through October, depending on the location. 960 1280

  

Follow the Mohawk Trail through the Berkshires, and marvel at the brightly colored fall leaves and artsy small towns. 960 1280

  

The season changes around the John Harvard statue, a prominent landmark on the campus of Harvard University. 960 1280

  

The Boston Public Garden is awash with color during the crisp fall months. 960 1280

  

Vermont has the highest percentage of maple trees in New England with mountains awash in vibrant oranges and yellows. 960 1280

  

Check out the leaves in Burlington, Vermont's largest city. 960 1280

  


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