A motorcycle isn’t made for a routine trip to the grocery store. Your bike is most at home on the open road, with overnight gear loaded into a moto gear bag, your favorite tunes on the radio, and a stretch of open road in front of you. As the weather starts to get warmer and spring approaches, it time to start thinking about your next big motorcycle trip. The diverse natural beauty found in the United States means that riders have plenty of scenic roads to travel, and the following five rides are the cream of the road warrior’s crop.
1. Arizona’s Highway 93
This is a hidden gem of a trip. Exit onto the 93 east of Kingman and head south on a lonely highway that ends in the Phoenix metro area. You’ll drive past scenic hills sprinkled with desert trees, which gradually turn into fields of saguaro cactuses. There are plenty of roadside spots to pull over and grab a snack out of your backpack or a drink from your hydration pack as you marvel at the scenery.
2. The Pacific Coast Highway of Northern California
This iconic road has been immortalized in music and film. US Highway 1 runs the length of the Pacific Ocean for 655 miles, but the northern sections have less traffic and better views overall. You’ll ride on cliffs, through small coastal towns and over majestic bridges. Make sure to pack your camera, because you will definitely want to take some pictures.
3. “The Lasso” from Wyoming to Sturgis, South Dakota
The Sturgis Rally is the most famous motorcycle gathering in the U.S., and there are myriad roads an experienced rider can take to get there. The Lasso is mountainous, scenic and challenging, making it the perfect choice. This route 24 drive will take you right past Devil’s Tower National Monument, a great monolith jetting seemingly out of nowhere into the sky. This is a magnificent spot to pull out your camping equipment, throw on your warm moto jacket, and stay the night on sacred Lakota land.
4. The Low Road to Taos, New Mexico
While the “High Road” is more famous, the Low Road on State Road 68 from Santa Fe to Taos, New Mexico, has a charm all its own. This drive runs along the winding banks of the Rio Grande on the edge of the Sangre de Cristo Mountain. The authentic adobe houses along the route are particularly cool. The road also has plenty of picnic spots, art galleries, fruit and vegetable stands, and quaint eateries. You’ll want to bring your best moto equipment to store all the trinkets and treasures you find along the way.
5. Shenandoah Skyline Drive, Virginia
Nestled on the edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains, this 105-mile mountaintop highway is absolutely breathtaking. While the views are amazing at any time of the year, this drive is most breathtaking in the fall when the leaves are changing color and the days are cooler. There are four entrances to Shenandoah National Park, and bikers will find many campsites and picnic grounds along the route. You’ll likely want to stay for more than one day, so don’t forget your sturdy luggage bag.
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