Blog Section: City Escapes

City Escape: Tuscon, Arizona

Aug 18, 2015 View Comments by

Finding History in the Desert – This southern Arizona loop ride includes varied road types, picturesque scenery, and well-placed historic towns. Riders will get a taste of the Old West, peruse eclectic art, and enjoy rich desert flora and fauna. It’s a fall, winter, and spring ride since the summer temperatures in the southwest desert […]

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City Escape: Austin, Texas

Jul 05, 2015 View Comments by

A Day Ride from Austin – More sweepers than tight curves—explore the countryside southwest of Austin, which will appeal to every type of motorcyclist. From President LBJ’s ranch to German culinary delights, this route has it all. To include all stops along the way, plan ahead and hit the road early in the morning. Don’t […]

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City Escape: Santa Clarita, California

Jun 23, 2015 View Comments by

Day Ride North of LA – Santa Clarita lies just north of Los Angeles along the West Coast’s main north-south corridor, Interstate 5, so it’s easy to get to from many surrounding areas. Just north of town is Six Flags Magic Mountain amusement park, with fantastic roller coasters, and Castaic Lake, which offers aquatic fun. […]

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City Escape: Jacksonville, Florida

Jun 16, 2015 View Comments by

A Retreat to Southern Georgia – The low-lying coastal region surrounding Florida’s largest city isn’t home to lots of curves that many motorcyclists crave. However, what a rider will find along this day ride from the city are lovely little seaside towns, southern swamps, and quiet rural communities to give one a much-needed break from […]

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City Escape: Oklahoma City Day Ride

Apr 23, 2015 View Comments by

The Outlaw Loop – This mixed terrain ride takes you by The Round Barn, through an old ghost town, and returns via Route 66, where a restored WPA-era armory and the Seaba Station Motorcycle Museum make history of your rowdy scramble down Oklahoma’s backroads. Spring and fall are the best riding seasons in Oklahoma.

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City Escape: Seattle, Washington

Apr 20, 2015 View Comments by

This circuit includes Seattle’s own volcano, Mount Rainier, climbs over the 5,430-foot Chinook Pass, goes through Mount Rainier National Park, and returns via the Puyallup River valley. Park entry fee is $5 for motorcycles. Stop in charming Elbe and take a two-hour steam train ride on the Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad. The best time to […]

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City Escape: Washington, D.C.

Apr 18, 2015 View Comments by

From the streets of modern-day Leesburg, VA, riders motor through the idyllic horse and vineyard country of historic Loudoun and Fauquier counties, VA, and also will navigate briefly into Maryland and West Virginia. This backroad ramble can be taken anytime from spring through fall but is most enjoyable during fall colors in mid-October.

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City Escape: Minneapolis, Minnesota

Mar 09, 2015 View Comments by

Once out of the Twin Cities, this loop follows the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers and countless lakes through serene landscapes that define the heartland. The best time to go is mid-May through September. Minnesotans love being outdoors in the summer, so plan accordingly.

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City Escape: San Diego, California

Mar 02, 2015 View Comments by

This exhilarating day ride emanating from San Diego comes within a quarter mile of the Mexican border at its southernmost point and reaches an elevation of almost 6,000 feet to the north in Mount Laguna. In addition to the elevation and terrain changes, this route has the added attraction of a total avoidance of freeway […]

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City Escape: Little Rock, Arkansas

Dec 26, 2014 View Comments by

This route takes you from Little Rock into the Ouachita Mountains and provides riders with some of the best roads and scenic overlooks in Arkansas, plus the opportunity for a relaxing mineral bath in historic Hot Springs.

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City Escape: Charlotte, North Carolina

Dec 22, 2014 View Comments by

Leaving the hustle and bustle of the Queen City, it doesn’t take long to find curvy, scenic mountain roads that will delight any motorcyclist. There are several interesting stops along the way, but this loop is all about the ride. The area’s moderate climate makes this route rideable from spring through fall.

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City Escape: Baltimore, Maryland

Nov 02, 2014 View Comments by

Rustic backroads meander through a pastoral, cultivated landscape dotted with picturesque villages. On every day of the week, except Sunday, riders can observe the unique, back-in-time Amish lifestyle on full display. And there are plenty of roadside collectibles for sale by local artisans. This route can be ridden comfortably in spring, summer, and fall.

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City Escape: Albuquerque, New Mexico

Oct 26, 2014 View Comments by

This loop ride north of Albuquerque, with its rugged natural beauty, pre-historic Native American ruins, and the “Atomic City,” will not disappoint. It features curvy ribbons of asphalt, expansive vistas, and numerous reasons to drop the kickstand. The moderate southwestern climate makes this route ride-able virtually year-round with the appropriate gear.

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City Escape: Los Angeles Northbound

Aug 15, 2014 View Comments by

A great northern escape from Los Angeles is through Ojai and the Los Padres National Forest, which is commonly considered the “better way” of getting to the Pacific Coast Highway from LA (between Cambria and Carmel). Best rides are in the fall when central valley temps drop below 100 degrees.

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City Escape: Kansas City, MO

Aug 10, 2014 View Comments by

Easily negotiated, relaxing route that features interesting historical locations and rural byways across sprawling prairie lands. The best time to go is late June through October to avoid potentially severe thunderstorms in spring and especially cold riding conditions in other months. To download the free tankbag map and GPS file, look on the webpage side bar (on […]

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