City Escape: Tucson, Arizona

Nov 15, 2016 View Comments by

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 can be stifling.

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City Escape: Austin, Texas

Oct 16, 2016 View Comments by

Our second largest state (behind Alaska) isn’t well known for its motorcycling roads, but small areas like the Hill Country are hidden gems to explore. As the most liberal and artsy city in Texas, Austin also offers a lively community and some of the best barbeque in the country.

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City Escape: Columbia, South Carolina

Oct 15, 2016 View Comments by

Not far west of Columbia, SC, riders encounter the outdoor recreational offerings and scenic vistas of Lake Murray. Venturing deeper into the state’s hilly Upcountry, bucolic backroads lead to historic sites recounting the state’s pivotal role in winning the American Revolutionary War. Riders also will see the plantation lifestyle, which characterized the South’s antebellum era […]

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City Escape: New York, New York

Oct 11, 2016 View Comments by

Escape the city’s hustle and bustle into New Jersey’s backcountry. It’s not nicknamed the Garden State for nothing! Ride through beautiful farmland, forests, and past too many lakes to count. Crossing the Delaware River, this route pokes into Pennsylvania and New York countryside.

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City Escape: Salt Lake City, Utah

Oct 26, 2015 View Comments by

Salt Lake Sojourn – This route travels the rural “Wasatch Back” beginning at the mouth of Emigration Canyon in Salt Lake County and loops northward on twisty canyon roads, over mountain passes, and through the pastoral Morgan and Upper Ogden Valleys. June, September, and October are the most scenic months to ride.

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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: 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: 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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Day Trip to Saint Nazaire, France

Jul 18, 2014 View Comments by

It’s Monday and I have the day off, and it just so happens that I’m the bearer of a freshly issued “kitchen pass.” I have some money, a bike, and the weather is nice, the only thing left is to find a destination. I decide on Saint Nazaire, France. I like the place, and a […]

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City Escape: Québec City to
 the Charlevoix Area

Jun 17, 2014 View Comments by

Panoramas, mountains, history, geography, and gastronomy are along this route. Venture on Avenue Royale (Route de la Nouvelle-France), one of the oldest roads in Canada. Take the side roads to quaint villages on the shores of the St. Lawrence and enjoy bakeries and local cheeses.

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City Escape: Denver, Colorado

Jun 14, 2014 View Comments by

Dual sport Colorado in a day! The twisty paved roads of Jarre Canyon connect to the sandy forest of Rampart Range and return you to pavement among the stunning rock formations of the Garden of the Gods before soaring 14,115 paved feet of elevation on Pikes Peak. Ride June through October, barring freak storms!   […]

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