There's a special connection between motorcycles and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. For as long as Americans have been hitting the highways in pursuit of adventure, throngs of bikers have been flocking to the Grand Strand for good times by the seashore. The feelings of freedom, Carolina sunshine and cool ocean breezes make Myrtle Beach a bikers' paradise.
But while the Grand Strand is more famous for the more established Myrtle Beach Bike Week Spring Rally, which celebrated its 77th anniversary in May, the Oct. 2-8 Myrtle Beach Bike Week Fall Rally offers a nice alternative to the main event. The Spring Rally draws bigger numbers, hotter temperatures and thicker traffic, while the Fall Rally allows visitors to take advantage of the lighter crowds, lower humidity and reduced congestion by saddling up and heading to Myrtle Beach.
The Breakers Resort in downtown Myrtle Beach is also a local tradition for generations of vacationers. For more than 80 years, The Breakers has been hosting families and friends for memorable stays on the downtown oceanfront, and the Fall Rally is no exception. Guests can enjoy the excellent accommodations, amenities, beach access, hospitality and location of The Breakers while also taking the bike for a series of scenic spins up and down the Carolina coastline.
Featuring the “Cruise the Loop” routes for bikers to mix and mingle with other festival-goers or ride in packs through some spectacular landscapes, the Fall Rally has a more laid-back pace than its big-sister spring event. Yes, there are plenty of parties, concerts, biker games and burnout pits along the established loops, but there's also time for taking in all the attractions, dining, shopping and nightlife the Grand Strand has to offer while enjoying some quality bike time.
Guests at The Breakers are in prime position to do it all, from relaxing on the beach and our oceanfront pool deck to making a quick trip to the local hot spots. Broadway at the Beach and the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk are each just over a mile from the resort, and nearby biker gathering spots at Jamin' Leather, Barefoot Landing and the local Harley-Davidson dealership are only short ride away. But for guests who prefer to explore the 60-mile stretch of Grand Strand coastline, you're in luck in the loops.
The South Loop takes bikers for a tour of the South Carolina Lowcountry, highlighted by open stretches through woodlands and past wetlands. Take Kings Highway south from Myrtle Beach to Surfside Beach, Garden City Beach and Murrells Inlet, the “Seafood Capital of South Carolina” and the most popular party spot for the Fall Rally. Bars like Spokes & Bones, the Beaver Bar and SBB host all-day and all-night shindigs that feature live music, biker games, burnout contests and more. Some venture even farther south to Pawleys Island, Georgetown and Charleston (about 95 miles south of Myrtle Beach).
Also starting in Myrtle Beach, the North Loop offers a change of scenery from the South. Bikers meet at the Alabama Theatre and House of Blues at Barefoot Landing before embarking on organized and impromptu rides. Cruise through North Myrtle Beach and Little River before crossing the North Carolina state line into towns like Calabash, Sunset Beach and Ocean Isle Beach. Take a side trip to Bird Island or all the way to Wilmington (about 70 miles north of Myrtle Beach) for a fun day sightseeing.
Of course, bikers can also spend their free time cruising around Myrtle Beach and checking out all the attractions, dining, shopping and nightlife the Sun Fun Capital has to offer. Better yet, take advantage of some relaxing downtime at The Breakers Resort ‘s indoor/outdoor pools, lazy river, and on-site restaurants and bars. It’s the ultimate way to enjoy the ultimate Myrtle Beach Bike Week Fall Rally experience.