Blog Section: Destinations

Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont: American Industrial Revolution

Sep 06, 2016 View Comments by

When British immigrant Samuel Slater introduced the first mechanized system of spinning cotton in the 1790s, America was still an agrarian society with a widely dispersed population, but that would soon start changing.

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Points of Interest: Sturgis, South Dakota

Aug 12, 2016 View Comments by

Located in rural Meade County, Sturgis is a gateway to the Black Hills, a land dotted with waterways, craggy buttes, and buffalo. Originally named Scooptown but later changed to honor Civil War Union General Samuel D. Sturgis, the historic town is home to approximately 6,700 residents, though this number skyrockets every August during the Sturgis Motorcycle […]

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South America: The Trans-Amazonian Challenge

Aug 10, 2016 View Comments by

The first Trans-Amazonian Challenge joint venture tour by MotoDiscovery and Motolombia is a daunting undertaking for participants and guides alike. A huge loop of northern South America is planned, more than 8,700 miles in 45 days, through eight countries. The route starts in Cartagena, Colombia, near the northernmost portion of the continent. From there, we’ll […]

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RoadRUNNER’s Bucket List Roads: The Great River Road

Aug 06, 2016 View Comments by

This National Scenic Byway traces the mighty Mississippi River from Minnesota to Louisiana, passing by Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Tennessee, and Wisconsin along the way. America’s longest river slices through the country’s heartland, meandering past charming river towns and major cities. In Minnesota the journey begins near the Mississippi’s headwaters at Lake Itasca […]

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Classic Roads: Carving California’s Highway 74

Aug 01, 2016 View Comments by

Most visitors to Palm Springs are there for the climate and the golf. But the roads around the desert hideaway are some of America’s most remarkable. If you’re in the area without one, rent or borrow a motorcycle to enjoy the sweet curves, high desert landscape, and mountain views of the Palms to Pines Highway. […]

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RoadRUNNER’s Bucket List Roads: New Mexico State Route 4

Jul 09, 2016 View Comments by

What is It? New Mexico State Route 4 is part of the Jemez Mountain Trail National Scenic Byway. Beginning in San Ysidro, Route 4 follows the Jemez River through a deep canyon for much of its length. Nearing Bandelier National Monument, riders ascend up and over the southern side of the steep gorge, until finally […]

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Ecuador: Journey to Middle Earth

Jun 27, 2016 View Comments by

Ecuador is a small country on the northwestern side of South America, sandwiched between 
Colombia to the north and Peru to the south. Earth’s dividing line runs through the northern part of Ecuador, which is Spanish for “equator.” The Galapagos Islands lay about 560 miles to the west. But we came to ride motorcycles, not […]

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Prince Edward Island: Carving Coastal Canada

Jun 26, 2016 View Comments by

Thomas Wolfe said you can’t go home again, but every summer I try to prove him wrong by taking a motorcycle trip to Prince Edward Island, where I grew up and learned to ride. In 2015, I tried something new; I took my brother-in-law Ty on his first two-wheeled tour and added some of Nova […]

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What’s in Wisconsin?

Jun 10, 2016 View Comments by

We recently had a conversation with Greg Smith, managing director of Discover Wisconsin, to figure out what America’s dairyland has to offer motorcyclists. We were intrigued by an episode of their online TV show “Ride Wisconsin,” which you can view below. RR: What are some things that set Wisconsin apart as a motorcycling destination? Greg: The […]

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RoadRUNNER’s Bucket List Roads: California Highway 49

Jun 04, 2016 View Comments by

What is It? California State Route 49 was first established during the famed 1849 California Gold Rush, connecting gold mining towns located in the Sierra Nevada foothills. Today, the paved route traverses this former gold mining country and the splendidly preserved towns and artifacts from this iconic time in American history. Points of Interest: Frenchman […]

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RoadRUNNER’s Bucket List Roads: Harpers Ferry Road

May 14, 2016 View Comments by

What Is It? The nation’s path to the American Civil War was accelerated when abolitionist John Brown led his famous raid on the federal arsenal and armory at Harpers Ferry, VA (West Virginia today) in October 1859. Some 20 miles north of Harpers Ferry, and almost three years later, the single bloodiest day of the […]

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North Carolina: A Triple Dose of the Coast

May 11, 2016 View Comments by

When most motorcyclists think about North Carolina, their minds instantly turn to the misty peaks of the Great Smoky Mountains, the undulating twists of the Tail of the Dragon, or the sweeping beauty of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Understandably so. But while the roads in the western part of the state are admittedly more curvy, […]

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Lincoln Highway Association Hosting Great American Riding Tour June 2016

Apr 04, 2016 View Comments by

This summer, the Lincoln Highway Association is hosting an east-to-west tour linking three of the country’s greatest roads: the Old National Road, Route 66, and the Lincoln Highway. Beginning Friday evening, June 17, 2016, in Cumberland, MD, it will end seven days later in Joliet, IL. The Old National Road will guide riders from Maryland […]

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RoadRUNNER’s Bucket List Roads: Historic Route 66 in Arizona (Arizona SR 66)

Apr 02, 2016 View Comments by

What is It? Riding Historic Route 66 from Chicago, IL, to Santa Monica, CA, or vice versa, has long been a right of transcontinental passage for many touring motorcyclists. RoadRUNNER Motorcycle Touring & Travel has published several articles on riding all, or parts, of the famed Mother Road. If time is limited and riders want […]

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Bucket Roads: Day Trip in New York’s Catskills

Mar 12, 2016 View Comments by

What is it? The Catskills are a large rural area in southeastern New York, about 100 miles northwest of New York City. Also known as the Catskill Mountains, the area is what geologists call a mature dissected plateau. Millions of years ago this once-flat region was uplifted by tectonic forces and then eroded into sharp […]

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