Classic Roads: Cherohala Skyway and Tail of the Dragon

Aug 10, 2020 View Comments by

These two classic roads, taken together, offer motorcyclists one of the most challenging days of mountain riding available anywhere. The full 138-mile route starts and ends in Tellico Plains, TN, at the Cherohala Skyway Visitor Center. From there the road rapidly gains altitude on SR 165. At around the halfway point of the 43-mile-long Skyway, […]

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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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Classic Roads: New Mexico’s Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway

May 15, 2020 View Comments by

This scenic byway in North Central New Mexico consists of a series of connected two-lane roads that encircle 13,161-foot Wheeler Peak, the highest mountain in New Mexico. This area was the destination of feverish prospecting in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Over millions of years, volcanic activity had deposited gold, silver, copper, and lead, […]

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Classic Roads: US Route 6 Across Pennsylvania [With Map]

Apr 27, 2020 View Comments by

US Route 6 is a cross-country federal highway that extends more than 3,000 miles between Provincetown, MA, and US Route 395 in Bishop, CA, although the original alignment extended to Long Beach, CA. In Pennsylvania, US Route 6, which is also called the Grand Army of the Republic Highway (to honor American Civil War veterans), […]

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Classic Roads: US 12: Montana and Idaho

Jun 07, 2019 View Comments by

This remote section of US 12, between Missoula, MT, and the western border of Idaho, is known as the Northwest Passage Scenic Byway. It’s a segment of the cross-country Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail and part of the Nez Perce National Historic Trail. As the names imply, this route holds a special place in […]

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Arkansas Boston Mountains Byways

Sep 14, 2018 View Comments by

Some riders are under the misimpression that all of the great motorcycle roads are either on the West or East Coasts. Au contraire, there are also great roads in the middle of America, particularly in the state of Arkansas. The northwest portion of the state has a rugged Ozark landscape known as the Boston Mountains. […]

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Classic Roads: Colorado US 34: Trail Ridge Road National Scenic Byway

Jul 16, 2018 View Comments by

This 64-mile Classic Roads adventure begins in the historic mountain resort town of Estes Park, Colorado, the gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park, and rolls along a stretch of US 34, which is the highest continuous paved road in the U.S. It has been a popular destination for motorists since its completion in 1938. The […]

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Classic Roads: California’s Angeles Crest Highway

May 23, 2018 View Comments by

Traveling just north of the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles and Pasadena, you’ll enter the Angeles National Forest, a sparsely developed area that’s home to one particularly fantastic ribbon of tarmac—The Angeles Crest Highway (aka California State Route 2). Completed in 1956, this two-lane marvel climbs, dives, and weaves into the San Gabriel Mountains […]

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Classic Roads: Utah’s Scenic Byway 12

Apr 02, 2018 View Comments by

    Utah’s State Route 12 is a “National Scenic Byway” recognized by the U.S. Department of Transportation. It also has the designation of being an All-American Road, one of just 120 so named nationwide, which means it possesses unique features and intrinsic qualities not found elsewhere. All-American Roads are destinations unto themselves. Route 12 […]

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Classic Roads: Virginia’s Blue Ridge Byways

Jan 16, 2018 View Comments by

The Blue Ridge and Appalachians are often referred to as the “gentle mountains.” Over hundreds of millions of years geological forces have rounded their shoulders and smoothed out most of their hard edges. The area’s long geological history and high levels of annual rainfall have produced a rich patchwork of green fields in the valleys […]

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Classic Roads: Michigan’s River Road National Scenic Byway

Nov 06, 2017 View Comments by

The Au Sable River, which flows 138 miles through Michigan’s Huron National Forest on its way to Lake Huron, packs plenty of history. The “River of Sand” is a designated National Wild and Scenic River, and River Road, which twists along the southern banks of the Au Sable from the town of Oscoda to M-65, […]

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Classic Roads: Lakes to Locks Passage

Jul 28, 2017 View Comments by

The Lakes to Locks Passage is a byway in upstate New York that follows an interconnected waterway of canals and lakes extending from near Albany, NY, to the border with Quebec, Canada. This linked series of state and federal roads runs through Adirondack hamlets, charming small cities, bucolic rural landscapes, cultural and recreational sites, and […]

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Classic Roads: Riding High on Colorado’s San Juan Skyway

Apr 28, 2017 View Comments by

Colorado’s San Juan Mountains are home to some of the most beautiful alpine landscapes in the Centennial State. They are also home to a collection of exceptionally scenic and challenging motorcycle roads. Starting in Durango, riders motor north on U.S. 550. This stretch of road between Durango and Ouray, which tops out above 11,000 feet, […]

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Classic Roads: Pennsylvania’s Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor

Feb 28, 2017 View Comments by

The notion of building a transcontinental highway across America in 1914 was, back then, a very radical idea. Nevertheless, Carl Fisher, who built the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and Henry Joy, president of Packard Motor Car Company, joined forces to do just that. It was Joy’s idea to name the Lincoln Highway after our sixteenth president, […]

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Classic Roads: Rim of the World Highway

Oct 04, 2016 View Comments by

Assigning such a grandiose title to 
California’s Highway 18 may smack of Hollywood hyperbole. But with its magnificent vistas and the overlooks toward San Gorgonio Mountain—the highest peak in Southern California—you could be forgiven for thinking you really were riding the rim of the world.

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