When you’re looking for the road less traveled, it’s a good idea to take some helpful advice from people who’ve been there, done that.
The Great Lakes Seaway Trail is a 518-mile route that follows the shores of Lake Erie, the Niagara River, Lake Ontario, and the St. Lawrence River in New York and Pennsylvania. It was one of the first roads, in the U.S., to be designated as a national scenic byway. They also offer geocaching information on their website for those who are GPS savvy.
Motorcyclists on the Hells Canyon Scenic Byway leave Interstate 84 for the contours of the land and enjoy slower times and wilder places. Ride from river’s edge to snow-tipped mountaintop and down to a lush valley floor. Enjoy breathtaking views of a wild and scenic river with the scent of pine and fresh mountain air on your face. We named it Hells Canyon to scare riders away. Not you. Other riders.
Motorcyclists rejoice at the light traffic, two lane curves, sweepers, and esses that makes up the International Selkirk Loop riding experience. The loop has enough roadway for 3-4 days of touring. Specific itineraries and Super Side Trips for motorcycle enthusiasts are available online.
Known as Louisiana’s Outback, the Creole Nature Trail meanders through marshes, prairies, and along the Gulf of Mexico. As you loop through Calcasieu and Cameron parishes in Southwest Louisiana, view alligators and birds up close and in the wild, along with colorful wildflowers and rare cheniers shaped by salty winds.
Kansas has done a great job of organizing information from all 10 of their beautiful scenic byways in one place. Learn about the history of each byway before you plan your trip. Request one of their Byways Guides or download the GPS routes from their website.
Oregon Outback Scenic Byway for Lake County starts on Hwy 31 and continues Southeast turning into Hwy 395. From the edge of Deschutes County through Lake County onto the edge of California you can experience a vast amount of history, wildlife and scenery that can only be described as “Gods Country.”
This 400-mile stretch of highway was named by National Geographic magazine as “One of America’s most scenic drives.” Learn everything you’d ever want to know about this slice of Americana on their website.
If you’re not into curvy roads, this area of Tennessee may not be the motorcycle tour for you. All 12 action- packed rides start and end in Johnson City, TN. The folks there have created detailed maps and GPS routes for its visitors.