Top Motorcycle Road Trips in the United States

Traveling by motorcycle offers a thrill and satisfaction you won’t find anywhere else. The distinct feeling of freedom and adventure that comes with the rumble of the engine on your ears and the wind in your hair is a reason to take on the streets again and again.

Aside from the people, the culture, and the food, it is undeniable that one of the top reasons to visit the United States is to enjoy the scenery. For those planning to enjoy it like nothing else, check out these top motorcycle road trips in the United States.

1. Never Get Enough of the Peak To Peak Highway in Colorado

What it might lack in the length of the road, it makes up with the majestic view of the Rockies and smooth curves. The 55-mile highway was established in 1918 and has since been designated as a scenic byway by the state’s Department of Transportation. Be tempted to stop and take the panoramic views of the Rocky Mountains, its hills and crests as you dive through the Continental Divide and pass through the world-renowned Rocky Mountain National Park.

The highway will take you through lush, brimming forests, with sharp turns passing through near straight glacier-cut valleys and thrilling switchbacks. Clear and chilling alpine meadows await you – the same spot photographers flock to in the springtime because of its surreal blazing colors.

Start your trip from the Southern end by taking Highway 119 then go north and pass through the Colorado counties of  Gilpin, Larimer, and Boulder before descending and exiting at US Highway 36 down in Estes Park. Take note of the abundance of elk and moose wandering around and stay alert and moving at a safe and steady pace.

2. Ride the “Tail of the Dragon,” Crossing the North Carolina and Tennessee State Line

Imagine tacking 318 dangerous curves in just an 11-mile run, and understand why people call this section of the US Route 129 the “tail of the dragon.” It has become renowned in its own right, serving as a backdrop for a couple of movies and television shows and with curves famous enough to get baptized such as Copperhead Corner, Wheelie Hell, Mud, and Sunset Corner, Gravity Cavity, and Break or Bust Bend. This part of the highway alone is more than enough for the interstate cross to qualify among the United States’ most thrilling bike routes.

Expect a wide variety of riders and tourists along the road. See casual travelers looking to visit and witness an abundance of nature in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, or to appreciate the waters of the Little Tennessee River. Also, find die-hard fans of motorcycle riding looking to test their banking and cornering abilities. Thankfully, trucks are not allowed on this road. Also, since the road passes near the Great Smoky Mountains Natural Park, a preserved area, expects no buildings or homes nearby and therefore, little to no risk of vehicles crossing or pulling up on the road.

3. Take a Seaside Ride at the Coastal Route One in Maine

Smell the ocean and taste the salt carried by the breeze as you pass by the seaside portion of the US Route 1 in Maine, giving a New England feel as you go through the towns from Brunswick to Machias. Take a tour of this 167-mile, two-lane road built upon the orders of the first US President, George Washington.

See rugged seashores and classical towns, including about a dozen historic and still-functioning lighthouses, as you take this trip dotted with detours along the way. Classical New England towns offer local dishes and local brews, the chief of them often being lobster rolls begging to be washed down with their specialty brews. However, keep that alcohol in check and enjoy the rest of the ride. Also, keep a sharp eye and stay alert since moose have been known to roam and cross these parts of the Coastal Route One of the Pine Tree State.

4. Feel The Rider’s Smorgasbord on the Pacific Coast Highway

If you’re quite unsure about your next road trip with your trusty motorcycle, fear not. Try a hundred and twenty miles of cliff-hugging mountainside ribbon taking you through thick redwood forests, seal-filled beaches, or crashing waves – this is what the Big Sur part of the Pacific Coast Highway is all about.

The route starts from the historic little town of Monterey – formerly the state capital since Spanish, Mexican, and American rule. Check out historic and scenic spots such as the Royal Presidio Chapel, Custom House, Casa Soberanes, and the Monterey State Historic Park. You will then pass through Carmel, a known art hub with cottages and houses painted in bright living colors. Next is Big Sur which starts taking you towards the Pacific. The landscape starts to turn into hills filled with oak and redwood up until you reach Morro Bay. Take note of the narrow shoulders as well as tight turns. While motorcycles should have no problems traversing these roads, larger vehicles you might be sharing the road with might not feel the same.

5. Savor the Views from the Countryside at the Blue Ridge Parkway

It would perhaps help convince people of the beauty of this trip by saying that the Blue Ridge Parkway, running through the states of Virginia and North Carolina, in the United States’ longest linear park at almost 470 miles. It also links two national parks, Shenandoah National Park and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Starting off the road’s northern part, in Virginia, pass through multiple sites where battles during the American Civil War took place. A little further south and you’ll be ascending the road passing through the Great Smoky Mountains. The strictly implemented 45-mile-per-hour speed limit might take a little off the thrill but will definitely add to the sightseeing as you get to better enjoy the vibrant ecosystem thriving around you – from lush forests to a variety of wildlife roaming around. If you are looking for a slightly longer road trip, you can pass through Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park via the Skyline Drive and add about a hundred and five miles to your itinerary.

Odette Viola- a passionate traveler and a writer of, Odette is always looking for the hidden gems of the world, looking for new adventures and experiences.


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