Blog Section: Classic Roads

Bucket List Roads: Valley Of The Gods

Oct 28, 2019 View Comments by

FR 242 is an unpaved road that runs through the eerie sandstone formations in the Valley of the Gods. This valley is a smaller scale (and more isolated) version of Monument Valley, some 30 miles to the southwest. Many of the helicopter flying scenes in the 1980s TV series Airwolf were filmed here. The western […]

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Bucket List Roads: Italy’s Stelvio Pass

Oct 17, 2019 View Comments by

Stelvio Pass is the highest paved mountain pass in the Eastern Alps and the second highest in all of the Alps. It’s considered by many to be one of the most challenging and exhilarating motorcycle roads in the world to ride. Be sure to put this one on your bucket list! Season: It’s generally open from […]

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

Oct 09, 2019 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 […]

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Bucket List Roads: Arkansas Routes 154 & 7 to Hot Springs

Aug 19, 2019 View Comments by

Exit I-40 at Morrilton, AR, and follow State Route 9 south to State Route 154 and proceed west. This route claws its way up onto a high plateau, which is named Petit Jean State Park. Visitors are treated to panoramic views of the Arkansas River Valley and the Ozark Mountains in the far distance. At […]

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Bucket List Roads: Great Lakes Seaway Trail

Aug 01, 2019 View Comments by

The Great Lakes Seaway Trail is  series of designated roads in Pennsylvania and New York that closely parallels two Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River through a region brimming with American history, splendid scenery, and cool breezes. Scenery: Expansive views of Lakes Erie and Ontario and the St. Lawrence River, the Thousand Islands area, […]

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Classic Roads: Missouri Route 94

Jul 18, 2019 View Comments by

Spanning more than 2,000 miles, from southwestern Montana to the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi rivers just north of St. Louis, the Missouri River Valley is notable for its rolling topography, forested landscape, and collection of pastoral farms. The area is also home to several wineries and appealing villages, including Hermann, known for its […]

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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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Bucket List Roads: North Shore Scenic Drive

Oct 29, 2018 View Comments by

This byway, which has been designated an All-American Road by the Federal Highway Administration, charts a course from Duluth, MN, to Grand Portage, just before crossing the border into Canada. The route provides access to eight state parks and Superior National Forest. Tracing along part of Lake Superior’s shoreline, it’s one of the most scenic […]

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Bucket List Roads: Pennsylvania Amish Country Cruise

Oct 23, 2018 View Comments by

A laid-back cruise across the Susquehanna River through Lancaster County’s 19th-century landscape and back across the Susquehanna in eastern Pennsylvania. The Old Order Amish have forsaken most modern conveniences. Their back-in-time lifestyle, farming equipment, and modes of travel are largely pre-20th century. Watch out for the “road apples” deposited by horses pulling Amish buggies and […]

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RoadRUNNER’s Bucket List Roads: Cruising the Loess Hills National Scenic Byway

Oct 15, 2018 View Comments by

During the last Ice Age, some 10,000-plus years ago, winds picked up soils, which had been ground as fine as flour from glacial activity, and deposited them in dunes along what is today Iowa’s western border. In time, topsoil was formed and anchored by native grasses. The land became exceptionally fertile for farming, which attracted […]

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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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