The 5 Best Road Trips in America for Motorcycles Jul 31, 2017 by Jet (Driver Weekly)
Hopping on your motorcycle is an excellent way to explore the United States. If you have a good bike for long hauls, you will definitely want to go on the occasional road trip and enjoy the fresh air and the spirit of the open road. There are hundreds of options for road trips around the country, particularly if you mix and match routes, but here are some of the best. Make sure to plan your route, know your skill level, and ride safely.
Beartooth Highway in Wyoming and Montana
Beartooth Highway refers to an area of U.S. Highway 212 that spans 68 miles and has everything you want from a fun road trip. You will find switchbacks and hairpin turns to deliver riding thrills. During the route, you will pass through the Shoshone and Custer National Forests. Good endpoints for this ride are Red Lodge, Montana and Cookie City, the latter of which is right by Yellowstone National Park.
Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia and North Carolina
A choice for those in search of an iconic mountain road trip is the Blue Ridge Parkway that spans Virginia and North Carolina. While in Virginia, you will ride by sites of Civil War battles as well as the Great Smoky Mountains. You should make frequent stops to admire the views from mountain lookouts. You can extend this road trip by adding on the Skyline Drive that spans 105 miles throughout the Shenandoah National Park in Virginia. Overall, the ride is 469 miles, so you need two days or more.
Coastal Route One in Maine
If you are starting off close to Maine, consider taking your road trip along a 167-mile route on U.S. Route 1 that goes between Machias and Brunswick. This will deliver the quintessential New England road trip, including seaside villages, historic lighthouses, and all the scenic detours you could want. Just avoid this road trip during high summer since the roads get completely packed, spoiling your fun.
Grand Staircase in Escalante National Monument Ride in Utah
Anyone who loves rocks should take their motorcycle road trip along the Grand Staircase in Escalante National Monument Ride. Scenic Byway 12 has 124 miles filled with eroded scenery and takes you through the Petrified Forest State Park, Capitol Reef National Park, and Bryce Canyon National Park. Start in Panguitch and end in Torey, or take the opposite route—both directions hit up our favorite spots.
Pacific Coast Highway from Carmel Toward Morro Bay
For those near California, consider taking a picturesque road trip on your motorcycle along the Pacific Coast Highway. Start in either Carmel or Morro Bay and head toward the other, letting you enjoy the Big Sur area of the state. Along the way, you will get to enjoy plenty of curves, stop at beaches dotted with seals, explore some crashing surfs, and admire the towering redwoods. This route will take you 120 miles with plenty of places to stop for amazing views. Of course, you could also follow the Pacific Coast Highway further in either direction if you’re up for a long ride on one of America’s most famous highways.
Get out there and ride!