RoadRUNNER’s Bucket List Roads: Flaming Gorge-Uintas National Scenic Byway

Nov 08, 2017 View Comments by

The traditional National Scenic Byway route has been extended into Wyoming to construct an inviting round trip. The byway meanders along the eastern flank of the Uinta Mountains. Riders will traverse Ashley National Forest and the Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area. The area is thick with Old West atmosphere and the terrain provides many stunning […]

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RoadRUNNER’s Bucket List Roads: Upper Colorado River Scenic Byway (Utah Route 128)

Aug 05, 2017 View Comments by

The western end of this route out of Moab, which borders Arches National Park, quickly engulfs riders in massive canyon walls. If you can imagine what it would be like to ride through the Grand Canyon, it would be a little like this, though this canyon obviously is on a smaller scale. The eastern section […]

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RoadRUNNER’s Bucket List Roads: Ohio Route 536

Jul 14, 2017 View Comments by

To the surprise of many riders, the roads in the Appalachian foothills of southeast Ohio are some of the most technically challenging in the Lower 48. Although the elevation changes are not as dramatic as East or West Coast mountain ranges, the hills can be particularly challenging to ascend when there is no advance indication […]

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RoadRUNNER’s Bucket List Roads: McKenzie Pass—Santiam Pass Scenic Byway

Jun 03, 2017 View Comments by

McKenzie Highway (State Route 242) started out in the 1870s as a wagon toll road, which wound its way through massive lava flows. The road was widened in 1920, graded and surfaced between 1920 and 1924, and became an Oregon State Highway in 1925. The first recorded crossing of the pass was in April 1859 […]

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RoadRUNNER’s Bucket List Roads: U.S. Route 421, Richmond, KY to Boone, NC

May 20, 2017 View Comments by

In its totality, U.S. 421 runs for 941 miles (Michigan City, IN, to Fort Fisher in North Carolina), but we believe one of the best sections for motorcyclists is between Richmond, KY, and Boone, NC. The route is mostly two-lane tarmac, winding its way through rural Appalachian Mountain terrain. Best Time to Go: Spring through […]

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RoadRUNNER’s Bucket List Roads: The Rattler (NC-209)

Jan 13, 2017 View Comments by

This may not be the longest bucket road in America, but it is technically challenging and highly scenic, and who says you only have to ride The Rattler just once? Zooming along this undulating ribbon of blacktop is a real hoot and it will become immediately obvious why it’s named after a serpent. Have fun, […]

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RoadRUNNER’s Bucket List Roads: The High Road to Taos Scenic Byway

Dec 16, 2016 View Comments by

Following U.S. 285 north from Santa Fe, and then SR 68, riders take the exit for New Mexico 76. The route travels through a landscape that is rich in history, culture, art, and scenic beauty. Points of Interest: Highlights of the three two-lane roads include: SR 76: High desert terrain takes motorcyclists through the village of […]

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RoadRUNNER’s Bucket List Roads: Pennsylvania Ridge and Valley Ramble

Nov 04, 2016 View Comments by

The narrow ridges and valleys of South Central Pennsylvania take motorcyclists into secluded enclaves hidden in off-the-beaten-path valleys. Riders start and finish in historic McConnellsburg, PA. The map indicates a clockwise riding direction, but the adventure is equally rewarding by going in a counter-clockwise direction. Roadside services can be found in McConnellsburg, Lewistown, and Orbisonia, […]

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RoadRUNNER’s Bucket List Roads: Upper Delaware Scenic Byway (NY 97)

Oct 22, 2016 View Comments by

What is It? Paralleling the course of the upper Delaware River, this byway was constructed in the 1930s to link Port Jervis, NY with Hancock, NY. From the beginning it was envisioned as both a scenic highway and a means of opening up this western section of New York. Today, it’s one of the favorite East […]

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RoadRUNNER’s Bucket List Roads: The Silver Thread Scenic Byway (Colorado State Route 149)

Oct 08, 2016 View Comments by

State Route 149 begins at its junction with U.S. 160 in South Fork, CO, and snakes northward through the San Juan Mountains to U.S. 50. Along the way it passes through the Rio Grande National Forest. Riders cross the Continental Divide at Spring Creek Pass at an elevation of 10,901 feet. Points of Interest: South […]

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RoadRUNNER’s Bucket List Roads: Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway

Sep 12, 2015 View Comments by

A Pacific Northwest Ride to Remember – This series of state and U.S. routes in California and Oregon take riders through a dramatic Pacific Northwest landscape, punctuated with towering volcanic peaks. Riders will see the result of massive geologic forces, which have been actively shaping the West since ancient times. Scenery: Dramatic volcanic landscape, sparkling […]

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RoadRUNNER’s Bucket List Roads: The Great River Road

Aug 08, 2015 View Comments by

A Jaunt Down the Mississippi – 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 metropolitan areas. In Minnesota the journey begins […]

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RoadRUNNER’s Bucket List Roads: Trail Ridge Road, Colorado

Jul 11, 2015 View Comments by

The Highest Paved Road in America – Extending from Estes Park, CO, to Grand Lake, CO, it’s the highest continuous paved road in the United States. It follows a historic path that the Ute and other Native Americans used for thousands of years. Due to winter snowpack, the road is usually open only between Memorial […]

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RoadRUNNER’s Bucket List Roads: The Arkansas Dragon (AKA SR-123)

Apr 04, 2015 View Comments by

What is It? For motorcyclists who think the only challenging twisty roads are on either the West Coast or East Coast, or Colorado, think again. Arkansas has many curvy roads, including its very own version of the Tail of the Dragon, which snakes through the scenic Ozark Mountains in the northern part of the state.­ […]

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