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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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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City Escape: Woodsfield, Ohio Motorcycle Tour

Jul 15, 2019 View Comments by

Southeastern Ohio is a motorcyclist’s dream playground. The topography offers countless turns, many of which are technically challenging. A bike with an appetite for lean angles and good suspension is best, but even on a big touring bike, these roads will not disappoint. The majority of the route follows Monroe County’s “Demon Triangle,” considered one […]

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City Escape: Salem, Oregon

Jul 03, 2019 View Comments by

This loop northwest of Oregon’s state capital is a nice mix of curvy roads and great scenery. It features the conifer-rich forests that the Beaver State is known for, but also adds a coastline stretch and several interesting natural and man-made attractions along the way. The weather on much of this route is moderated by […]

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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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City Escape: Vancouver, British Columbia

May 30, 2019 View Comments by

A winding tarmac ribbon soaring from sea to sky through BC’s Coast Range into semi-desert, then back through the spectacular Fraser Canyon. Take in four climate zones! Yes, it’s a long ride, but it’s comfortably doable in a day as long as you start early. This local motorcycling classic is best from late May to […]

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City Escape: Atlanta, GA to Northern Georgia

May 22, 2019 View Comments by

A scenic jaunt through the southern Appalachians and rural northern Georgia, this route contains an abundance of natural beauty. The best times to go are April to June and September to November. Length Approximately 226 miles Meet-up spot Starbucks, 12330 Crabapple Rd, Alpharetta, GA. Lunch stop Hofer’s of Helen Bakery & Café, 8758 North Main […]

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City Escape: Washington, D.C.

May 17, 2019 View Comments by

A relaxing ramble through rolling Maryland farmlands and the Blue Ridge Mountains with challenging curves and scenic vistas. The best times to go on this loop are May, June, September, and October. Length Approximately 186 miles. Meet-up spot Starbucks at 14941 Shady Grove Rd (Fallsgrove Shopping Center across from Shady Grove Hospital), Rockville, MD. Lunch […]

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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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City Escape: Cheyenne, WY

Mar 23, 2019 View Comments by

When it’s time to get out of Wyoming’s capital city, this short foray south into Colorado features great scenery and some intoxicating winding roads. For just a single-day ride, this Cheyenne City Escape is remarkably diverse. You will roll through both arid grasslands and alpine forests. The roads themselves are equally varied, with long straights […]

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City Escape: Topeka, Kansas

Mar 21, 2019 View Comments by

For folks who have the misimpression that Kansas is just one huge flat wheat field, the Flint Hills region is in fact a landscape of subtle beauty and fascinating history. If you’re not from these parts, and even if you are, prepare to be surprised.

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City Escape: Eugene, Oregon

May 25, 2018 View Comments by

This loop southwest of Eugene includes forests, rivers, lakes, state parks, and stirring views of the Pacific Ocean. Southwestern Oregon is filled with stunning scenery and this escape is a good sampler of what the region has to offer. This ride is best taken from late spring through early fall, and you should always prepare […]

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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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City Escape: Asheville, North Carolina

May 18, 2018 View Comments by

A curve lover’s paradise, this loop takes you on a thrilling ride through the Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina and Tennessee. You’ll experience a breathtaking sampling of roads, from the famous Blue Ridge Parkway and the Foothills Parkway to the adrenaline-pumping road, The Dragon. Not to be outdone by the asphalt, the scenery kicks […]

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