Blog Section: Destinations

Unusual Destinations: River Pirate Hideout – Cave-in-Rock, Illinois

Aug 29, 2019 View Comments by

Carved out of a bluff on the Ohio River in southern Illinois is a reminder of the dark side of America’s early years. This 55-foot-wide cave was a tempting stop for pioneers traveling down the river. With the implied promise of food, supplies or directions, the unsuspecting were lured ashore. But that led to their […]

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Featured Destination: Central Montana

Aug 27, 2019 View Comments by

Where a rugged past meets a vibrant present, Central Montana remains an authentic experience unlike any other. With Glacier National Park to the north and Yellowstone National Park to the south, Central Montana is the perfect route to travel between two of America’s gems. With a light breeze and sunshine on your back, you can […]

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Unusual Destinations: Fort Smith’s “Hanging Judge”

Aug 22, 2019 View Comments by

Judge Isaac Parker, who held the bench in the Western District of Arkansas for 21 years, became known in America’s Old West as the “Hanging Judge.” During his tenure, Parker sentenced 160 people to death. In one case in 1875 18 men were tried for murder; 15 were convicted; eight received the death penalty sentence […]

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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: Tioga Pass Road (CA-120) [with Video]

Aug 16, 2019 View Comments by

This California state highway navigates over the rugged Sierra Nevada Mountains and, in the process, bisects Yosemite National Park from west to east. The surrounding landscape features pristine glacial lakes, alpine meadows, glacially carved valleys, granite mountain peaks, spectacular waterfalls, and an abundance of native fauna and flora. There are limited services along the route, […]

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Unusual Destinations: Paranormal Activity at the Pry House?

Aug 15, 2019 View Comments by

The Pry House served as Union General George McClellan’s headquarters during the September 17, 1862, Battle of Antietam. As casualties mounted on this bloodiest day in American history, the Pry farmhouse and barn became a field hospital. Union General Israel Richardson was gravely wounded and taken to an upstairs room of the house. He lingered […]

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Featured Destination: Glaciers to Geysers – Montana

Aug 12, 2019 View Comments by

Some of the most stunning landscapes in the world surround Glacier and Yellowstone national parks. Montana’s open highways, scenic byways and backroads of discovery offer the two-wheeled trip of a lifetime. The best riding under the big blue sky is found in Western Montana’s Glacier Country and Yellowstone Country Montana, where epic terrain and stunning […]

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Unusual Destinations: Southwest Ohio, The Great Serpent Mound

Aug 08, 2019 View Comments by

In a remote section of southwest Ohio, a giant earthen sculpture of a writhing snake lies coiled on a cliff. The effigy mound, built by a pre-Columbian native culture, is the largest one of a serpent in the world. The mound’s combined three sections measure approximately 1,376 feet (419 m). Its height varies from a […]

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In Pursuit of Wildness: Cabrillo National Monument

Aug 06, 2019 View Comments by

The Pacific Ocean is jaw-droppingly beautiful as I ride my motorcycle along Highway 1 from Monterey, CA, toward San Diego. It’s easy to allow your imagination to run free along each curve on this scenic highway, envisioning sailing ships exploring new lands. Albert Einstein said that “imagination is more important than knowledge.” I think that […]

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Rise of the Retros: Motorcycle Hangouts

Aug 05, 2019 View Comments by

It’s undeniable that one of the things we as motorcyclists enjoy about our passion is the feeling of freedom afforded by our two-wheeled (or three-wheeled) friends—the sense that when we turn the throttle, we are leaving our cares behind. It’s a time when we can focus on one thing—riding—and forget about work, bills, the lawn, […]

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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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City Escape: Chattanooga, Tennessee

Jun 28, 2019 View Comments by

This route squeezes in some of the best roads that Chattanooga has to offer. It covers a variety of incredible scenery: countless overlooks, the sharpest hairpins turns, remote riverfront roads, and even open valley farmland. Length Approximately 157 miles round-trip Meet-up Spot Dunkin’, 627 Signal Mountain Rd, Chattanooga, TN Lunch Stop River Drifters is not […]

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In Pursuit of Wildness: Rocky Mountain National Park

Jun 22, 2019 View Comments by

Bear with me, as it’s been 1,200 miles since I left Three Rivers, CA, and the wild views before me are stunning. The Rocky Mountains in Colorado stand majestically before me. The Quaking Aspens tremble in the wind. The weather is mild. I’m on a “rocky mountain high,” and this is where this story begins. […]

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Columbia River Gorge Motorcycle Ride: The Dalles, Oregon [Photos]

Apr 25, 2019 View Comments by

If you’re looking for gorgeous scenery and superb riding, it doesn’t get much better than the Columbia River Gorge area. You’ll experience hairpin curves and steep elevation changes, and the region is delightfully remote in many spots. Our Shamrock Tour® here was based out of The Dalles, which makes a perfect site for a multi-day […]

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Look Deep into Nature: Explore National Parks for Free

Apr 22, 2019 View Comments by

I just returned from an awesome motorcycle tour chasing butterflies and wildflowers. You can expect the full article on the wildflower super bloom at Joshua Tree National Park and surrounding areas in an upcoming issue of RoadRUNNER. In the meantime, you can read more about this awesome park in my article, In Pursuit of Wildness: […]

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