What can you see on the way to the Rally?

What can you see on the way to the Rally?

There are lots of interesting things to see and visit between where you live and the Montana ExpoPark in Great Falls. Whatever you're seeing, share it with us and tell us where it is or how to find it!

Wes Fleming traveled from Richmond, Virginia, to get to the rally and saw these things. Visit them or your own points of interest and share what you see by using the hashtags #moarally and #saddleupandride and tagging @bmwmoa whenever you can! (Instagram, Twitter and Facebook)

Barn mural of Warren G. Harding and his wife. Harding was born in Blooming Grove, Ohio, in 1865. He married his wife, Florence, in 1891. This barn owned by Jason and Emma Nutbrown is located just east of Claridon, Ohio, on OH 95. A nice, circular drive enables easy access to the barn and the owners (if they're home and outdoors - please don't knock on the door) love telling the story of how it all happened.

Crossing or passing major geographical milestones can give a traveler a sense of accomplishment or indicate progress. MOA Ambassador and former Iron Butt Magazine chief Bill Shaw says any time he crosses the Mississippi River (from west to east), he knows he's just one day from home. If you keep an eye out, you can often find side roads or small areas that allow access to these locations, such as this public boat ramp in Fountain City, Wisconsin.

Paisley Park, once the home (and recording studio) of famed musician Prince, now serves as a museum dedicated to his life and storehouse for his musical legacy. Located at 7801 Audobon Rd, Chanhassen Minnesota, it is within easy reach of Minneapolis/St Paul. The museum is open Sunday and weekdays (except for Wednesday) from 9 AM to 5.30 PM, and Friday and Saturday from 9 AM to 7 PM. Be warned: If you're visiting by motorcycle, bikes aren't heavy enough by themselves to trigger the exit gate to open. Team up with another bike (or two) or wait for a car to trigger the gate.

Tatanka Iyotake, also known as Sitting Bull, was a Lakota leader in the latter half of the 1800s. Remembered for his stunning defeat of General George Custer's force at Little Big Horn, he was killed while being arrested by authorities cracking down on the Ghost Dance movement in 1890. In 1953, his descendants moved his remains closer to his birthplace near Mobridge, South Dakota, where this memorial overlooks the Missouri River from its location on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. To find the monument, travel west on US 12 from Mobridge and take SD 1806 for four miles. You'll see the Sakakawea Monument - a tall, pointed obelisk - and the Sitting Bull Monument is visible from there. Be sure to pack out your trash!


  1. Ryan McWilliams

    I live in Great Falls, anytime 4000 people come to town it’s a huge deal for us. One thing that confuses me is why we aren’t making a bigger deal here to make you all feel welcome.

    I own an entertainment company and would like to ensure this becomes an annual event. I’m going to do my best to find out who the organizers of your event are and reach out. Look forward to seeing all of the bikes this weekend!

  2. Wes Fleming

    Ryan – good news & bad news. We loved Great Falls too and enjoyed our visit to your fantastic city. That’s the good news. The bad news is we move the rally around the country from year to year and don’t often repeat cities. The 2022 rally is already scheduled for 16-18 June in Springfield, Missouri. I’ll pass your comment on to the Site Search Committee and let them know!

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