Blog Section: Destinations

National Park Week 2021

Apr 19, 2021 View Comments by

“There can be nothing in the world more beautiful than the Yosemite, the groves of the giant sequoias and redwoods, the Canyon of the Colorado, the Canyon of the Yellowstone, the Three Tetons; and our people should see to it that they are preserved for their children and their children’s children forever, with their majestic […]

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Bodie Gold Mine and Ghost Town

Apr 19, 2021 View Comments by

Bodie is a ghost town in the Bodie hills east of the Sierra Nevada. It became a boom town in 1876 when gold was discovered there and by 1879 it had a population of around 6,000 people and 2,000 houses. One legend suggests that in 1880 it was California’s second or third largest city. It […]

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Mono Lake

Apr 15, 2021 View Comments by

Mono Lake is a saline soda lake in Mono County. Formed at least 750,000 years ago it is a closed basin with no river outlet which causes salt levels to accumulate over time. It is possibly a remnant from a larger, older lake which once covered large parts of Utah and Nevada. In recent history […]

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Harley-Davidson Pan America Demo Tour

Mar 23, 2021 View Comments by

Harley-Davidson recently unleashed its bold take on adventure touring with the all-new Pan America™ 1250 and Pan America™ 1250 Special motorcycles. The spirt of adventure touring is one of endless possibilities and unrestrained freedom. Riders will soon be able to experience that freedom first-hand as Harley-Davidson the Harley-Davidson Pan America Motorcycle Demo Tour. The tour […]

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Unusual Destinations: Ohio River Floodwall Art

Oct 29, 2020 View Comments by

The Great Flood of 1913 wreaked havoc on many Ohio River towns. The death and destruction, while momentous at the time, have been largely forgotten in the 21st century. The concrete floodwalls in towns along the Ohio River, however, were blank canvases just begging for artists’ depictions of important historical events dating as far back […]

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Unusual Destinations: The Dalton Gang’s Last Bank Robbery

Oct 22, 2020 View Comments by

Although Coffeyville, KS, was the hometown of famous Major League Baseball pitcher Walter Johnson, it is more famous for being where the Dalton Gang attempted a double bank robbery. On the quiet Wednesday morning of Oct. 5, 1892, the three disguised Dalton Brothers and other gang members rode into town intending to do what no […]

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Americana: Round Barns

Oct 15, 2020 View Comments by

Riding cross-country in rural America, you may have happened upon round barns with conical roofs and wondered, “Why?” Several scientific theories suggest that round shapes are more calming and pleasing to the observer’s eyes than shapes with corners, which may explain why you noticed and remembered those barns in the first place. But farmers are […]

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Unusual Destinations: Zanesville, Ohio’s Historic Y-Bridge

Oct 08, 2020 View Comments by

A motorist who asks for directions from a Zanesville, Ohio, resident might hear something like, “Go to the middle of the Y-Bridge and turn left.” After a visibly confused motorist leaves, the local resident might be sporting a big grin because after all, turning left in the middle of a bridge isn’t something you do […]

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Featured Destination: Ridgeland, Mississippi

Oct 05, 2020 View Comments by

When the open road beckons and the urge to explore stirs, there’s no better route to explore than the Natchez Trace Parkway … and there’s no better rest stop along the Trace than Ridgeland, Mississippi. Home to more than 150 restaurants, exceptional shopping, historic Parkway stops, the 33,000-acre Barnett Reservoir and its abundance of outdoor […]

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In Pursuit of Wildness: Canyon de Chelly National Monument

Sep 22, 2020 View Comments by

The rain is hard and relentless. The gas station ahead, a few miles from Window Rock, AZ, offers shelter. In seconds, the parking area is flooded, but my motorcycle is safe and dry. “Do not go out further just yet,” the old Navajo man says. “The roads will be full of mud, and it will […]

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In Pursuit of Wildness: Manzanar National Historic Site

Aug 26, 2020 View Comments by

Once upon a time, Manzanar National Historic Site was called Manzanar War Relocation Center. It was one of 10 camps where Japanese American citizens were incarcerated during World War II. I had never been there, and I knew little about this site, though I knew that it is managed by the National Park Service, for […]

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Bucket List Road: Harpers Ferry Road

Jul 17, 2020 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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Unusual Destinations: Hotel Lenhart

Jul 14, 2020 View Comments by

While on tour for a forthcoming RoadRUNNER magazine article, I stopped for lunch in Bemus Point, NY, a charming village on the shores of Lake Chautauqua in western New York. While walking around town, Hotel Lenhart came into view. It looked like a filming location for a movie set in the 19th century. With its […]

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Unusual Destinations: Big Brutus

Jun 25, 2020 View Comments by

A giant lurks near West Mineral, Kansas. Not far from town riders can catch first sight of him, towering above the surrounding tree line. His dimensions are massive: 16 stories tall, a boom that’s 150 feet long, and weighing in at 11 million pounds. He’s known simply as Big Brutus and you wouldn’t want to […]

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In Pursuit of Wildness: Great Basin National Park

Jun 03, 2020 View Comments by

Rarely do I ride 1,800 miles just because a stranger suggests an awesome ride, but I had just met a fellow rider, Scott, in Springerville, AZ, and he was already persuading me to take a ride near his home in Utah. He called it the Nebo Loop, but it’s also known as the Mount Nebo […]

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