As many as 73% of Americans believe that taking a road trip is more enjoyable than flying according to a recent survey conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Ford. While there is a certain appeal to taking to the road in the family car, not much can compare with hitting the open road on a motorcycle. Although most passionate bikers will indisputably make the most of any chance they get to take to the road, a well-planned trip along one of the country’s most renowned motorcycle routes will definitely get the adrenaline pumping. From the Pacific Coast Highway to the Rocky Mountain National Park Loop, here is a closer look at a few road trip routes that should be added to your holiday bucket list without delay.
The Million Dollar Highway Boasts Remarkable Views
The 25-mile-long Million Dollar Highway forms part of the San Juan Skyway in Colorado and despite being considered somewhat harrowing by some travellers it remains one of the most striking road-trip routes in the USA. Safe riding is of the utmost importance as the highway features countless twists and turns and no shoulders and guardrails. The jaw-dropping views of the nearby San Juan Mountains together with a number of interesting attractions along the route make it the ideal road-trip for more adventurous bikers. No road-trip along the Million Dollar Highway will be complete without stopping in the town of Ouray that boasts not only a hot springs pool but also a main road lined with western mining-town and Victorian-style buildings. On the opposite end of the route, Silverton is considered a historical gem and is home to attractions such as the old county jail, Old Hundred Gold Mine, and the Mayflower Gold Mill National Historic Site.
Explore the Pacific Coast Highway in California
The Pacific Coast Highway is widely known (and with very good reason) as one of the most picturesque motorcycle routes in the USA. The 600-mile journey will take you exquisite destinations such as San Diego, Los Angeles, Big Sur, Monterey, and San Francisco. Along the route, you will not only be in close proximity to some of the most renowned tourist attractions in the country, but you will also be afforded glimpses of the immense natural beauty of the region. The beautiful scenery along the PCH includes rugged mountains, sandy beaches, the sparkling ocean, lush pine forests, and cascading waterfalls. You can expect a smooth yet thrilling ride regardless of which part of the route you travel, making the PCH the ideal road-tripping destination for touring bikes, cruisers, and 3-wheelers alike.
Be blown away by the Rocky Mountain National Park Loop
The 184-mile loop offer riders views of the Rocky Mountains that can only be described as delightful. You are bound to encounter a number of hairpin bends and curves along the way with the 12,183ft-above-sea level ‘Roof of the Rockies’ undoubtedly being one of the highlights of the route. The journey will take in the region of 4 hours to complete and typically begins in Denver, leading to Estes Park before traveling through the national park and then west to Grand Lake, Granby, Fraser, and Winter Park. Grand Lake makes for a great stop and you can choose to partake in a variety of water sports or simply take in the beautiful surroundings. You will also come across a number of superb hiking spots including Milner Pass and Deer Ridge Canyon along the way which will provide you with the perfect opportunity to stop and stretch your legs.
As far as making memories is concerned, taking a motorcycle road trip is in a league of its own. With so many superb road-trip routes scattered across the USA there is no excuse why your next vacation should not see you taking to the road on your motorcycle. Don’t forget about safety, though. Most states require that you wear a helmet while riding your motorbike, though according to Justin M. Lovely, Motorcycle Accident Attorney at Biker Justice USA, in some states this is optional if you’re over 18 or 21, such as South Carolina, Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Hawaii, Indiana, New Mexico, Utah, and Maine.
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