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Bike Week at Daytona Beach, Florida is the biggest motorcycle event in the world. This year it runs from March 9 through March 18—a seven-day week just isn’t long enough. Most of the companies in the motorcycle universe and hundreds of thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts gather to share information and to celebrate, not only in Daytona Beach itself, but in surrounding communities as well.
You can start planning your Bike Week activities early by checking out the event calendar at www.officialbikeweek.com. The calendar includes a wide range of Bike Week activities, from brand-name exhibits to races to the grand swap meet to suggested rides. The city will have concerts, fashion shows, technical seminars and demo rides – so there will be no shortage of entertainment. Other activities include Poker Runs, motorcycle swap meets, free BBQs, and late night parties.
While in the area, riders commonly visit attractions in nearby cities, like the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral or Walt Disney World in Orlando. However, one of the most fun things to do during Bike Week is people watching! Especially on Main Street in Daytona Beach – that’s where the late night party action is.
The #1 ride every newcomer to Bike Week must go on is the “Loop.” It's like no other ride. It's open road, sunshine, ocean views, and every riders dream. The Loop starts going north on John Anderson Drive in Ormond Beach until you reach Highbridge Road. There, you hang a left to go across the bridge overlooking the beautiful Halifax River. After winding through several curves in the road, riders take another left to go further west towards Old Dixie Highway. Take another left once you reach Old Dixie Highway, back towards Ormond Beach, to finish out The Loop. There are plenty of places to stop along the way to take in the beautiful surroundings.
Check out the Fairchild Oak tree at Ormond Park – it’s one of Florida's oldest living Oaks. Pack a boxed lunch, your camera, a free spirit, and enjoy the 22 mile ride – a must for riders who would enjoy a nice leisurely ride along Florida’s countryside. If you’ve never been on the Loop, we highly recommend giving it a try.
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