Travelling all around America is one of the most rewarding and fascinating trips one completes in a lifetime. Those with a motorcycle, however, can appreciate the natural beauty of the USA in a very different way.
Riding along the motorways with the wind in your face, whipping past some of the most amazing landscapes the country has to offer is something extremely special. But there are so many routes around the country to take, you’re spoiled for choice. That’s why we thought we’d help you out a little. So, without further ado, here’s our round-up of the most iconic motorcycle routes in the USA.
1. Peak to Peak Highway, Colorado
At 60 miles long, Colorado’s Peak to Peak Highway is not necessarily the longest route in the USA, but it is one of the most rewarding. This route takes you through the heart of the Rocky Mountain National Park, providing some of the most stunning views in the whole country.
From glacier-cut valleys to the Continental Divide to the truly aesthetic green meadows, there is much to admire along this route. It is iconic for its awesome vistas and meandering tarmack, not to mention the brooding mountain peaks.
The route goes from Golden take Highway 6 all the way through Clear Lake Canyon Park before ending at Estes Park, a lower final destination. We certainly do believe this is one of the most iconic motorcycle routes in the USA.
2. Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina and Virginia
Every motorcyclist dreams of following a route like the Blue Ridge Parkway. It’s jam-packed with history and the most stunning views you can imagine. It’s possible that his route is one of the most iconic motorcycle routes in the USA and the whole world.
The route begins in Virginia, where you get the chance to view some of the painful Civil War battle sites in the spanning, vast countryside. Then, as you move further south on the route, you head into the Blue Park Ridgeway. There, you’ll find sweeping curves and majestic forests. In the autumn, this place is incredibly special. The leaves are red, amber and yellow, and everything just seems perfect.
With a 45 MPH speed limit, you’ve got the chance to truly appreciate what’s in front of you. It is possible to increase the time you spend on this route. This can be done by following the Skyline Drive through Shenandoah National Park, Virginia.
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3. Tail of the Dragon, North Carolina and Tennessee
Tail of the Dragon is one of the most iconic motorcycle routes in the USA, made so by the many films and TV shows in which it appears. It is also, without a doubt, one of the most adrenaline-inducing rides you’ll ever set upon.
This route, which incorporates 318 sharp turns in just eleven miles, is perfect for tourers and thrill-seekers. Also encompassing the brilliant Deal’s Gap on the North Carolina and Tennessee border, this route is an all American classic. And it’s perfect for those who want to do a bit of southern and country sightseeing.
You’ll have the time of your life on this ride, but make sure you’re prepared with the skills, and motorcycle apparel, to complete it safely.
4. Coastal Route One, Maine
Without a doubt, one of the most senses-tingling routes across all of America is Coastal Route One. The sea’s smell is potent and it truly catches your nostrils as you pass along the road. Over 167 miles, you pass the cutest little villages and quaint lighthouses. It’s not something you imagine at first from America, but it is a pleasant surprise indeed.
You should also beware of coming across moose on this road as they are known to make an appearance along with it. Hitting one will hurt you both, so take care when driving.
If you’re an adrenaline junkie, worry not. There are open roads where high speed can be achieved, though, to satisfy your appetite for thrill.
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5. River Road, Texas
Texas is without a doubt one of the most stunning states in all of the USA. This road takes you right through the Valley of the Gods, a vast, dry and grassy desert-like valley. It provides some stunning scenery, and a moment to pause and appreciate the unique vista right in front of you along the 17-mile road.
The reason for its name is, of course, the Rio Grande. It follows it the whole way and takes you sneaking through dramatic cliffs and ancient spilling lava coming from an 1848 fortress.
River Road is one of the most iconic motorcycle routes in the USA, and worth it for any biker out there. If you are after history and that classic American culture, you will find it always in Texas. There’s nothing quite like Texas and all it has to offer across the whole 50 states.
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Happy travelling! And stay safe on the bike, folks.