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5 Amazing Routes to do Long Rides in the USA

Posted on July 23 2018

There are few feelings and adventurous moment in the world that is as rejuvenating and intriguing as going on a long motorcycle ride. However, it is not just the motorcycle that is important to make a long ride memorable. A good route cannot be overemphasized to making a worthwhile trip. Amazingly, the USA is home to some of the best routes for a long motorcycle ride. A good route should have minimal traffic, should be long enough, have a modicum of riding difficulty, and have some great scenery. If done right, a long ride can recharge your soul with glamorous feeling and also feel you with an increased positive energy. Today, we will take a look at the most 5 amazing routes America has to offer.

5.) Coastal Route One: Maine

Maine US Route 1, a great byway to motorcycle.


We start our list with a coastal road experience. If you have seen overhead shots of any coastal road you will understand that there is just something very special about it. It is like the confluence of the land and the sea and this route is such a perfect example. At 167 miles from Brunswick to Machias, it is quite a great option for a long ride and there are some really fast sections where you can open the gas and just take off. There are numerous curves that can be used to keep the hardcore motorcyclists happy while some novice riders may consider welcoming. The misty sea air and the nice scenery dotted with beautiful villages and lighthouses serve as the perfect backdrop for this awesome route. Keep in mind that this route does occasionally get heavy traffic but if your ride isn't during the summer months then you will be able to avoid this problem completely.

Things to keep in mind: Occasionally, wildlife does run into the road so be vigilant and do not ride at high speeds if you are not comfortable with panic braking.

 

4.) Grand Staircase: Utah

A great motorcycling route at Escalante, Utah

No matter how advanced and sophisticated our technologies get nothing can replace the joy of being in the lap of nature. That does not mean that you go camping in the forest. You can still enjoy nature along this route from the relative comfort of your motorcycle. This 124 mile stretch of road passes through Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef National Park, and Petrified Forest State Park. The road is a wonderful exhibition of the artistic side of nature in the form of colorful canyons and cliffs. This route begins in Panguitch and follows US 89 south to Route 12 and then East to Torrey. This is also the route where you will see some of the most breathtaking and picturesque sunsets and sunrises in the world. It is a road that is best enjoyed at a steady pace. It is more about taking in the visuals than showing off your motorcycling skills on this route.


Things to keep in mind: This route is not meant to be completed in a hurry. Plan your ride in such a way that you get to see the sunrise and sunset. This is not very difficult to do as there are quite a lot of good places to stay overnight along this route.

 

3.) Beartooth Highway: Montana and Wyoming

Motorcycle like a pro in Beartooth highway

No matter how advanced and sophisticated our technologies get nothing can replace the joy of being in the lap of nature. That does not mean that you go camping in the forest. You can still enjoy nature along this route from the relative comfort of your motorcycle. This 124 mile stretch of road passes through Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef National Park, and Petrified Forest State Park. The road is a wonderful exhibition of the artistic side of nature in the form of colorful canyons and cliffs. This route begins in Panguitch and follows US 89 south to Route 12 and then East to Torrey. This is also the route where you will see some of the most breathtaking and picturesque sunsets and sunrises in the world. It is a road that is best enjoyed at a steady pace. It is more about taking in the visuals than showing off your motorcycling skills on this route.


Things to keep in mind: This route is not meant to be completed in a hurry. Plan your ride in such a way that you get to see the sunrise and sunset. This is not very difficult to do as there are quite a lot of good places to stay overnight along this route.

 

2.) Natchez Trace Parkway: Tennessee, Alabama, and Mississippi

Amazing motorcycling route in Natchez Trace Parkway

If you really want to have an in-depth knowledge and the true gist of a long ride then this is the route to take. It is lovingly known as the National Scenic Byway and that should paint a beautiful mental picture of what to expect on this route. This 444-mile epitome of motorcycling road from Nashville to Natchez holds a lot of historical and cultural significance. Apart from a stunning road to ride on, the way is full of great sights such as Civil War Battle sights, preserved parts of the original Indian trail and some ghost towns. It also has one of the most versatile scenery around it alongside possibility of changing from swamps to farmlands. Another great thing about this route is that no trucks are allowed to move along the route, thereby ensuring some unobstructed and safe riding.


Things to keep in mind: There are no commercial outlets along the way but there are numerous bikers and friendly B&Bs. Just make sure to map them out before setting out in order to know where to go exactly in case of any emergency or a breakdown.

 

1.) Blue Ridge Parkway: North Carolina and Virginia

The best route on the US to do Motorcycling: Blue Ridge Parkway

Conduct a poll amongst the most experienced motorcyclists across the world regarding the best type of road to tour during a long ride and you will find that the majority answer will be "a mountain road". The reason behind this is simple. Mountain roads by their very nature have everything. There is a perfect mixture of straights and corners with elevation changes that really make the track a fabulous to ride. There are also awesome views alongside fresh mountain air. This route is quite a wonderful showcase of all the qualities. It is also slightly different from other routes as it is quite long at 469 miles and there is a compulsory speed limit of 45 miles per hour. This, however, is the whole charm of this route. As you clock every mile you will wish that the journey doesn't end and in this case, it really doesn't for a long time.


Things to keep in mind: Plan a journey over 2 or 3 days to truly savor this route. Also, keep your motorcycle well stocked and serviced to its best-running state.

 

 

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