One of the greatest parts about motorcycle riding is that it can take you all over the country. Even if you’re just riding locally within your state, it’s a great way to explore roads, towns, and scenery you’ve never experienced before. There’s a reason that motorcycles are built into the American culture, with enthusiasm for adventure all throughout our country. Below are ten of the best riding routes in our favorite places, and we encourage you to get out there and ride the best motorcycle roads in America.
10 Motorcycle Rides to Check off your Bucket List
Let’s be honest: this list could be 100, or 1,000, or far more routes before we covered all the great scenery the States has to offer. However, you’d spend all your time reading about riding rather than doing it, so here’s the shortlist. (Although there are some other honorable mentions with links after – we couldn’t help ourselves!)
1. The Grand Canyon
We start with an undertaking so Grand (get it?) that we could list multiple rides within it. Let’s just put it this way- one of America’s greatest National Parks and visual icons does not disappoint as a motorcycle ride. You can almost go in a full loop, save for a small impasse, but what is really important is that the roads are pristine, and you’re riding through an impossibly cool and jaw-dropping setting.
2. The Rio Grande
Texas is one of the motorcycle capitals of the world, and with good reason. One pride of theirs is the multiple roads alongside the Rio Grande. Big Bend National Park is a great way to incorporate two stunning landmarks in one ride, but there are plenty of options to choose from.
3. Glacier National Park
We promise not all of the highlighted rides are National Parks – but would it be bad if they were? Glacier National Park in Montana is a great way to remind yourself that America truly has some of the most diverse landscapes you’ll ever see. There is a feeling of how small you are in the world, while at the same time being able to appreciate being in control of your journey in this massive park.
4. Big Sur
Located in the heart of Central California, Big Sur is a majestic blend of coast, mountains, and sunshine. Easily accessible from almost anywhere in the state via its connection with scenic Highway 1, it has been designated as an All-American Road. This is a must-see for out of state riders and locals alike.
5. Tunnel of Trees
Located in Northern Michigan, there are few rides like this you will ever find. It is a mix of modern beauty that respects the power of nature. Nestled in between its namesake wall of trees, the road is simple, without markings or designations, and forms a perfect run with great rest stops and food stops adorning the side of this majestic span.
6. Skyline Drive
Virginia is famous for its scenic motorcycle rides, and Skyline Drive is one of its headliners. Passing through Shenandoah National Park and rolling alongside the Appalachian Trail, there is something for everyone. You can ride as a day trip, camp roadside, or stop at an overpass café for a great meal.
7. Tail of the Dragon
If you want to take on a ride that is as legendary as its name implies, Tail of the Dragon is your adventure. Among one of the most famous motorcycle roads in the nation, it is known by visitors and locals in Tennessee as a must-see for touring riders. It is only 11 miles long, but provides all the excitement, technical riding, and scenery you can hope to pack in that stretch.
8. Pacific Coast Highway
The longest of these marvelous travels, the PCH can be traveled in segments or its entire paved 1700 mile expanse. It stretches all along the west coast, stopping through iconic cities such as Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, and more. It has been said that you’ll never ride the same portion of the road twice.
9. Bryce Canyon National Park
In terms of scenery and natural grandeur, Bryce can compete with any of the great national parks to ride through. You can zip through Las Vegas and experience its sister park, Zion, to complete a full mind-blowing ride, but regardless of the path you choose, you’ll be in a great space.
10. Lake Tahoe
There are two great rides originating from the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe that we recommend. You can ride from Reno to Lake Tahoe, a winding but peaceful ride with the splendor of Nevada and California on display. Alternatively, for a stunning aerial view of the lake itself, there is an awesome ride around the ridge.
Like we said, ten is not nearly enough to cover all of the rides we love. So with that in mind:
Once more, these are just the beginning of what can be a badass tour of motorcycle roads through the United States. Whatever state you are in, there are bound to be rides that can invigorate you and inspire you to make it to one of these.
Ride with Law Tigers
At Law Tigers, we know there are many motorcycle roads to choose from. Whichever you choose, we have your back Sign up for a free rider benefit card today, and then make your way to one of these iconic American roads. We’ll see you on the road!