When it comes to discovering the beauty of the Grand Strand in the fall, many vacationers choose to visit the Myrtle Beach area on two wheels rather than four.
That's especially true for the annual Myrtle Beach Fall Bike Rally, which welcomes thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts to the Strand on Oct. 1-7 for a fun-filled week of rallies, bike shows, poker runs, live music, games and camaraderie among fellow bike-lovers.
But perhaps the best thing about visiting for the Myrtle Beach Fall Bike Rally is enjoying the mild autumn temperatures and the scenic charm of the Grand Strand from atop a motorcycle with the ocean breeze blowing in your face and the warm sun shining on your skin.
Many bikers choose to stay at Compass Cove Oceanfront Resort in Myrtle Beach's downtown district for various reasons – the affordable and comfortable accommodations, the beachfront water amenities, and the safe and convenient on-site garage parking.
Compass Cove Oceanfront Resort is also close to festival events, as well as all the great attractions, restaurants, theaters and retail outlet the Grand Strand has to offer. Here are five fun things to do during the Myrtle Beach Fall Bike Rally:
Cruising: The light traffic and autumn weather provide the perfect opportunity to go exploring on the Strand. Ride through the South Carolina Lowcountry through Murrells Inlet, Pawleys Island and Georgetown to see old plantations, swamps and fishing docks. On the North Strand, bikers love to cruise up the coast through Little River, SC, and over the state line to Calabash, NC, and beyond. But the best ride is along the coastline on Myrtle Beach's famed Ocean Boulevard.
Events: The Myrtle Beach Fall Bike Rally may be more low-key than its spring counterpart, but there are plenty of activities scheduled for the week to keep patrons entertained. Although a full festival schedule has not be released (check out www.myrtlebeachbike week.com for up-to-date details), festivities like group rides, poker runs and parties take place all over the Strand.
Drag Racing: The main attraction for the Myrtle Beach Fall Bike Rally is saved for the final night of the festival with Myrtle Beach Bike Week Thunder, set for Saturday at the North Myrtle Beach Drag Strip. See hundreds of bikes on display and in action on the track, burning rubber and racing for prizes and bragging rights. For the latest info, click here.
Bars: The Myrtle Beach Fall Bike Week parties center around a variety of biker bars on the South Strand, including the famous Suck, Bang & Blow. Other Murrells Inlet hot spots include the Wild Horse Saloon, The Beaver Bar and Spokes & Bones. Closer to Myrtle Beach, The Rathole in the Socastee area features a large field for bike-themed fun and games. On the North Strand, the Swing Bridge Saloon and Captain Archie's are popular among bikers.
Savings: Autumn is a more affordable time to visit the Strand, and the Myrtle Beach Fall Bike Rally is the perfect time to cash in on deals and discounts. Compass Cove Oceanfront Resort offers discounts of up to 35 percent in the fall, and our Sun & Fun Rewards package offers free passes and discounts to some of the top attractions in town. Guests also can receive great deals all over the Strand by picking up the Ultimate Myrtle Beach Discount Card.
For folks planning to attend the Myrtle Beach Fall Bike Rally, it's time to rev up your engine and kick it in gear. Book your plans today and get ready to let the good times roll.